Entry Level Police Officer
- Type:Full Time
- Salary/Pay Rate:$66,969.42
- Posted Date:08/27/2019
Application Process Overview
- Step One – Online Application and Exam*
Apply on our website by clicking the link above. A copy of your birth certificate, high school diploma and photo (2x2) are required to be uploaded with application. DD-214 is required for Military points. College transcripts are optional, if applicable.
Sign up for an exam through National Testing Network (NTN). National Testing Network directly contracts with public safety departments across the country to test candidates for jobs. Once a candidate completes this simple process, information and test scores will be sent directly to each department. You can get more information about their site here. *NTN is now offering virtual testing. Please view this video to see how to sign up for a virtual test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3g_1LwpjE4.
You will be tested on 3 portions (Video, Reading & Writing) and must pass each portion. An average score of all 3 portions will be determined. The Police Department has set a cutoff score of 86%. Scores will be available to view in your NTN account within 2-3 days.
Video - 65 or above
Reading - 70 or above
Writing - 70 or above
- Step Two – Physical Test
The Police Department administers the physical agility test twice a year (January and June). Human Resources will contact you to schedule a date/time for the test.
Physical agility testing typically lasts about an hour. This is a Pass/Fail exam, with all components taking place indoors. We recommend you wear the appropriate athletic shoes and clothing for this exam.
- Step Three - Interview
Upon successfully passing the agility test, you will be invited to schedule an in-person interview.
Immediately following the interview you will meet with background investigators to begin the background investigation process if necessary. The estimated completion time to complete the interview and meet with background investigators is 2-3 hours. The interviews will take place at the Bloomington Police Department, 305 S. East St., Bloomington, IL 61701.
Candidates not invited to participate in Step Four will remain eligible for future consideration based on the employment needs of the Bloomington Police Department. You will be notified, if you have been removed from the pool.
- Step Four - Background
Please review the BFPC Rules and Regulations link above to find a list of all disqualifications. The background process can take 3-4 weeks to complete.
- Comprehensive Background Check
- Polygraph Exam
*Those candidates will be rated as Pass/Fail. Candidates may be removed from the selection process during this phase.
For questions call Human Resources at 309-434-2215.
Q1. What are the photo requirements?
- The photo size should be a 2x2 which is the size of a passport photo (head to shoulder).
- Taken within the past 6 months
- Color photo only
- Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
- Copy of ID will not be accepted
Q2. Can I send in a copy of my photo?
A. It can be a scanned copy that is uploaded with your application.
Q3. If I send in my college transcripts do I still need to provide a high school diploma?
A. Yes, you still need to provide a copy of your high school diploma
Q4. If I cannot find my high school diploma, can I send transcripts?
A. Yes, transcripts are fine.
Q5. What are the age requirements to be a City of Bloomington, Police Officer?
A. Per the Illinois State Statue Code (65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 10-2.1-6)
All applicants for a position in either the fire or police department of the municipality shall be under 35 years of age. With respect to a police department, a veteran shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age provision of this Section by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty.
Thank you for your interest in Bloomington Police Department’s police officer entry level hiring process. Our goal is to systematically hire the most qualified applicants, representing the broad range of cultures that comprise American society. To assist you in determining whether to pursue a career with the Bloomington Police Department, we have prepared the following orientation information.
This summary is intended to provide you a description of the organization, and its structure, resources, operations, mission, and culture. Please use this information to help determine how well you fit with our department and how well employment with this department will fulfill your career aspirations.
Some scholars claim that policing a free society is the most complex job in the world, partly because police are frequently called upon to be all things to all people. The popular culture image of a police officer does not accurately reflect the reality of policing. Perhaps investing a few hours riding with a Bloomington Police Officer would provide applicants a better understanding of the job.
Short of that, the job tasks of a police officer may generally be found in the police officer job description of the Bloomington Police Department Rules and Regulations. During field training, a probationary police officer’s primary focus includes:
- handling a wide range of calls for service;
- generating self-initiated activity (e.g., traffic/pedestrian stops);
- providing enforcement activity (arrests/citations etc.);
- maintaining public order when appropriate;
- report writing;
- evidence collection, preservation, storage; and
- court room testimony.
Probationary officers are frequently challenged to perform basic job tasks under varying degrees of pressure. They may be required to safely operate a motor vehicle under emergency conditions, talk on the radio to the telecommunicator and other responding officers, plan the most efficient route of travel, assess possible threats, consider the need for additional resources and make the appropriate requests in a timely manner, develop a response strategy en route while considering officer safety strategies, and adapt immediately to changing conditions or updated information.
Police officers must be able to multi-task effectively to complete the probationary period and consistently perform the job functions of a competent, fully trained police officer. Perhaps the most problematic issue for probationary officers unfamiliar with our community is learning the geography. We cannot stress enough the importance of probationary police officers mastering street names, locations, and address numbering patterns as quickly as possible. Time spent studying local street maps would be well spent.