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2023 Salary after Certified Training: $65,785.29

The Peoria Police Department is now accepting online applications for the 2023 Police Recruit Examination process. Please apply by going to the Employment section of the website below and attach copies of your driver's license, high school diploma/high school transcript, or GED certification and certified birth certificate to your application packet or email the documents to the Human Resources Department. Applicants have two options for taking the written exam:

1) In-person written exams 

  • Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 6:00 pm
  • Friday, May 5, 2023, at 9:00 am
  • Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 9:00 am. 

The exams are held at Illinois Central College (ICC), 5407 N University, Poplar Hall, Room P101, Peoria, IL.

Once your application has been received, you will automatically be notified when the testing process will begin.

2) Virtual Testing

An applicant may also take the test virtually through the National Testing Network or in person at an approved testing site. There is no cost to applicants who reside in one of Peoria’s residential zip codes.

Orientation & Interview Prep (Not Mandatory): 


  • Wednesday, April 26, 2023 (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023 (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) 


Both sessions will meet at the Peoria Police Department, 600 SW Adams Street – Community Training Room.

Physical Abilities Test Practice Sessions (Not Mandatory):  


  • Friday, May 12, 2023, (8 a.m. -10 a.m.) and (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)  
  • Saturday, May 13th, 2023, (8 a.m. -10 a.m.) and (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.). 


Expo Gardens, 1601 W Northmoor Road, Youth Building, Peoria, IL. 

Physical Abilities Examination: 


  • Friday, May 12, 2023, (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)   
  • Saturday, May 13th, 2023, (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.). 


Expo Gardens, 1601 W Northmoor Road, Youth Building, Peoria, IL.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications / Requirements


  • Photocopies of driver’s license
  • certified birth certificate 
  • high school diploma/high school transcript/GED certificate.  

*These documents must accompany your application.


Must be 21 years of age by the written exam date; OR 20 years of age if successfully completed two (2) years (60) hours of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university. 

Cannot have attained the age of 35 when the application is submitted. (By state statute, exceptions are made for candidates with prior municipal police or active-duty military experience. Contact the Human Resources Department for additional information.)


Minimum: graduation from high school or GED equivalency accepted. Candidates with an associate’s degree or hours toward a bachelor's degree are desirable.


A veteran shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age provision by the number of years served on active military duty but no more than 10 years of active military duty (45 years of age).


Must have U.S. Citizenship, valid driver's license, and no felony conviction. Must be able to perform essential functions of the position and pass the physical agility exam.

Vision & Hearing

Applicants must meet minimum standards for vision and hearing.  Applicants who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses must meet minimum visual acuity standards. Vision with corrective lenses should not be less than 20/20 in the better eye, 20/40 in the worst eye, and 20/20 with both eyes open. Uncorrected vision is 20/40 and should not be 20/200 or worse with either eye. Further details/requirements are available through the Human Services Department.


Applicants need not be the City of Peoria residents to apply. If hired, must establish and maintain a principal place of residency within a 20-mile radius of the Peoria Police Department (600 SW Adams Street, Peoria, IL) by completing probation (1 year plus Academic Training).

Other (Tests)

Written Exam, Physical Agility Exam, and then an eligibility pool will be established. An oral interview with police personnel, followed by an oral interview with a panel of Fire and Police Commissioners, will be held with candidates selected from the eligibility pool. Before hiring, the candidate must pass the P.O.W.E.R. Test and undergo a background investigation, polygraph, medical, drug screen, and psychological examination.


For further information regarding the testing process, email Human Resources or call 309-494-8578

To reach a recruiting team member, scan the QR code or text JoinPPD to 309-326-7112. 

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