Elmhurst Police Department

Entry Level Police Officer Application
Deadline 5/17/2024 4:00 PM
Warning: the deadline for this application expired

Stanard & Associates, Inc. administers the application process for the City of Elmhurst Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, and the City of Elmhurst Board of Fire and Police Commissioners retains authority over the application process and hiring of individuals. All applicant information and application forms are the property of the City of Elmhurst Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Stanard & Associates, Inc. does not establish the qualification or eligibility requirements, required application procedures, or related employment standards and procedures and is limited in addressing questions or requests for information in these areas.

PLEASE NOTE:  There is no fee for this application. 

This application is for Entry Level Police Officer applicants only.  
  If you currently serve as a certified police officer, please see the
Elmhurst Police Department Lateral Transfer application also found on Apply to Serve.


Elmhurst Police Department

Elmhurst, Illinois

The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Elmhurst, Illinois is accepting applications for Full Time Entry-Level Police Officer Applicants with the Elmhurst Police Department.

Salary/Benefit Information:  The starting salary is currently $84,754 (2024) annually increasing to $117,427 after 6 years (2024), with an increase to $119,775 after 15 years (2024). The City of Elmhurst offers full-time police officers an outstanding benefit package including:

  • health care plan options
  • dental plan
  • vision plan
  • life insurance
  • personal days
  • compensatory time
  • vacation days
  • tuition reimbursement
  • special duty payments
  • flexible spending account
  • deferred compensation plans
  • employee assistance program
  • sick leave
  • police pension fund 

Population: 45,700

Sworn Police Officers: 68

Current assigned shift schedules: 12 hour days

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements established by the City of Elmhurst: 

  • Applicants for examination must be citizens of the United States, except that an individual who is not a citizen but is legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law or is an individual against whom immigration action has been deferred by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process is authorized to apply for the position of police officer, subject to (i) all requirements and limitations, other than citizenship, to which other applicants are subject and (ii) the individual being authorized under federal law to obtain, carry, or purchase or otherwise possess a firearm;
  • Must have High School diploma or equivalent high school education;
  • Must be 21 years of age, and under 35 years of age at time of application (May 17, 2024), or as otherwise exempt by statute
  • Must have completed forty-five (45) semester hours of college credit (100 level or above) from a regionally accredited college or university – a copy of official transcripts required by application deadline (May 17, 2024);
  • Must have a valid driver’s license;
  • Must submit a valid Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) issued by testing date (May 31, 2024). POWER test cards considered valid if issued within twelve (12) months PRIOR to testing date.  POWER test may be taken at one of the following testing agencies:


Preference Point Information:

Following successful completion of the written exam, you will have an opportunity to collect a maximum of five (5) preference points. Preference points will be available in the following categories:

  • Military Experience: Veterans with not less than one year of active duty and an honorable discharge from service (or who are now or may hereafter be on inactive or reserve duty) – 5 Points  

  • Law Enforcement Certification: Must have successfully completed the Minimum Standard Basic Law Enforcement Training Course as provided within the Illinois Police Training Act and are currently serving as a full-time or part time law enforcement officer within the State of Illinois. – 5 points

  • Educational Preference: Must have obtained one of the following:
    • An Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement from a regionally accredited institution– 1 Point (not cumulative)
    • A Bachelor’s Degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution – 2 points (not cumulative)
    • A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement from a regionally accredited institution – 3 points (not cumulative)
    • A Master’s Degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution – 4 points (not cumulative) 


Submission of Application:

Applications MUST be submitted online by Friday, May 17, 2024 at 4:00 PM (CST).  Faxed, e-mailed, mailed or dropped off applications will NOT be accepted. Applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Only one application per person, per testing cycle will be accepted. An optional Online Zoom Orientation with Question and Answer Session will be hosted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 5:00 PM.  An invitation link will be sent to your email before the orientation.  A recorded video of that Orientation will also be made available.


Mandatory Remote On-Line Written Examination: Following completion of all application materials and review of minimum qualifications, successful applicants will be invited to participate in remote on-line written exam testing starting at 9:00 AM on Friday, May 31, 2024 through Monday, June 3, 2024 at 4:00 PM.  The test will only be available during this time period.  Candidates will need to have access to a laptop or desktop computer.  All candidates will receive an email approximately one week prior regarding their status in the process, along with further instructions for taking the on-line written exam. NOTE: Please be sure to check your email spam folder. Many email account providers automatically send our emails there in error (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.).  


Important Disclaimer for Potential Applicants:
As part of this application form, you will be required to submit various documents, records and/or additional forms. Be sure to allow sufficient time to gather this documentation and fully complete the application before the deadline. In other words, do not wait until one day before the deadline to collect and submit additional required documentation. In order for your application to be accepted, all materials must be submitted and received prior to the deadline. 

The City of Elmhurst is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the continuing policy of the Elmhurst Police Department to afford equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability, and to conform to applicable laws and regulations. Equal opportunity encompasses all aspects of employment practices to include, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, transfers, and discipline.