Career / Recruiting Opportunities

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2021 Salary after Certified Training: $62,463.04

The Peoria Police Department is now accepting online applications for a Police Recruit testing process. Please apply by going to the Employment section of this website and attach copies of your driver's license, high school diploma or high school transcript or GED certification and certified birth certificate to your application or email the documents to the Human Resources Department. The written exams will be held Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6 pm, Friday, April 29, 2022 at 9 am and Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 9 am. The exams are held at the Illinois Central College (ICC), 5407 N University, Poplar Hall, Room P132, Peoria, IL. Once your application has been received, you will automatically be notified when the testing process will begin.

Orientation: (Not Mandatory) In addition to the general orientation, there will be discussions on interview preparation and techniques on how to interview. Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 4 pm to 6 pm oSaturday, April 23, 2022 from 9 am to 11 am at the Police Department, 600 SW Adams Street, Community Training Room, Peoria, IL 61602.

Physical Abilities Test Practice Sessions (Not Mandatory): Tuesday, April 26, 2022 and/or Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 4 pm to 7 pm at Expo Gardens, 1601 W Northmoor Road, Youth Building, Peoria, IL 61614.

Physical Abilities Examination: Friday, April 29, 2022, or Saturday, April 30, 2022, 1 to 5 pm (Length of time will depend on how many people are signed up.)

Expo Gardens, 1601 W Northmoor Road, Youth Building, Peoria, IL 61614. Applicants will be scheduled for one of the dates following passage of the written examination.

Apply online.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications / Requirements


Must be 21 years of age by date of the written exam; or 20 years of age for applicants who have successfully completed 2 years (60) hours of law enforcement studies at an accredited college. Cannot have attained the age 36 by date of entrance into eligibility pool. Exceptions are made for candidates with prior municipal police or active duty military experience. Contact the Human Resources Department for additional information.


Graduation from high school or GED equivalent; Prefer candidates with Associate's Degree or hours toward Bachelor's Degree.


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

Must meet minimum standards for vision and hearing and cannot be color-blind. Applicants who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses must meet minimum standards of visual acuity. 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 should not be less than 20/200 in either eye. Further details/requirements are available through the Human Services Department.


U.S. Citizenship; valid driver's license; physical condition to perform the essential functions of the position and pass physical agility exam; no felony conviction.


Applicants need not be City Residents to apply. If hired, must establish permanent residency within a 20-mile radius of the Peoria Police Department headquarters (600 SW Adams Street, Peoria, IL) by no later than the completion of probation (1 year plus Academic Training).

Other (Tests)

Written Exam, Physical Agility Exam, and then an eligibility pool will be established. Oral Interview with Police Personnel, an oral interview with a panel of the Fire and Police Commissioners will be held with candidates selected from the eligibility pool. Prior to hire, must undergo background investigation, polygraph, medical including a drug screen, and psychological examinations.


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