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Patrol Officer Application Process
Overview
The Patrol Officer Application deadline was 1/31/2014.

All applicants should report for the orientation.  There will be no further notification.

If you have questions, contact the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners at (708)403-6299 or email: 

Orientation Session
MANDATORY attendance required.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois
Reporting for applicants whose last name begins A-M begins at 8:15 a.m.
Reporting for applicants whose last name begins N-Z begins at 8:30 a.m.
All applicants should report for the orientation. There will be no further notification.

Written Examination
ONLY those who attend orientation are eligible for this examination.
Saturday, March 22, 2014 
Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois.
Testing for applicants whose last name begins A-L begins at 9:00 a.m.
Testing for applicants whose last name begins M-Z begins at 11:30 a.m.
Applicants should arrive 30 minutes prior to their test time.


Physical Ability Test
This requirement shall be satisfied only by submitting a Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) Power Test Identification Card showing satisfactory completion dated no earlier than September 1, 2013 and no later than March 22, 2014. For additional information, see www.nipsta.org or contact NIPSTA at 847-998-8090.

NIPSTA has testing dates available on March 20, 2014 and March 21, 2014.

Oral Examination
ONLY those who pass written examination and submit a NIPSTA Power Test Identification Card will be eligible for this examination. Date, time, and location to be announced.

Those who are placed on the eligibility list and pass the oral examination will be required to successfully pass physical and optical examinations, a background examination (including the Police Department Employment Drug Policy) and a psychological examination prior to certification.

NOTE: This application is not considered complete until all required documents are submitted. Only completed applications will be processed by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. It is the applicant's responsibility to see that all documents are received by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Applications incomplete by the day of the written examination will not be considered by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. No exceptions.

Basic Patrol Officer Requirements and Other Information
  1. Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States at the time of filing application.
  2. Age: Not less than 21 years of age and under 35 years of age (except as permitted by statute) as of date of orientation session.
  3. Education: Must have two (2) years of college credits (minimum sixty (60) semester hours) or one and one-half (1 1/2) years of college credits (minimum forty-five (45) semester hours) and one year of continuous active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
  4. General Physical Condition: Must be able to demonstrate physical agility and muscular coordination and pass a rigid physical and an optical examination.
  5. Documents to be Returned or Received with Application: When returning your application the following is required: Copy of Birth Certificate, Copy of Service Discharge (if applicable), DD Form #24 (if applicable), Official college transcript to be sent directly by the college to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 15100 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois 60462; All transcripts to bear official seal; NO COPIES PERMITTED; Proof of previous police experience (if applicable), the signed agreement authorization and release forms, copy of valid Driver's License, a copy of the NIPSTA Power Test Identification Card dated no earlier than September 1, 2013 must be submitted by no later than the date of the written exam. These documents become the property of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of Orland Park, Illinois.
  6. Miscellaneous: Positively no deviation or exception on any requirement. The testing procedure will probably take between six and eight weeks. If hired, expect to spend six to ten weeks away from home while attending the Police Training Academy. Although the hiring procedure is long and difficult, it will be a rewarding position for those who qualify.
  7. Preference Points: Preference points are added to the test score in accordance with Illinois law.
  8. Benefits: Starting salary will be announced. There are step increases based on meeting minimum standards. Vacation, court time, group medical, dental and life insurance are provided. There is a police pension program and tuition reimbursement. There are definite opportunities for advancement and to further your education. There is a 40-hour work week. There is overtime payment.
  9. Note: Any change of address or telephone number must be reported in writing to the Orland Park Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 15100 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois 60462, within 24 hours of such change.