Lateral Transfer


Street Crimes - Narcotics - Criminal Investigations - SWAT - K9 Handler Bomb Technician - Special Operations - Cyber Crimes - State & Federal Task Forces Drone Operator - Accident Reconstructionist - Resident Officer - Neighborhood Services - Traffic and MOREI




Starting Salary: $67,429 - $78,198 (depending on qualifications)
Generous paid time off package
Annual Gun & Leather Allowance
Onsite Workout Facility
Free uniforms
College Tuition Reimbursement
20-Mile Residency Radius
$15,000 Hiring Bonus! 


Current Illinois State - Certified Police Officer
At least 21 years old
High school diploma or GED
US Citizen or a Naturalized Citizen
Valid Driver's License


Each phase of the process is evaluated and required to proceed to the next.

 • Completion of an employment application to the City of Peoria Human Resources Department. 

 • A pre-screening of the applicant.

 • Oral interview with a panel selected by the Chief of Police.

 • Oral interview with the City of Peoria Police & Fire Commission. 

 • Post-offer requirements are to include but are not limited to polygraph examination; psychological evaluation; medical examination; vision screening; drug screening; and character/background investigation.

 • For lateral transfers, the Peoria Police Department will check the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Professional Conduct Database and contact each applicant’s previous law enforcement employers.

 • All appointments are subject to a maximum eighteen (18) month probationary period as defined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for lateral appointment to the position of Police Officer must meet the following minimum qualifications and requirements at the time of application: 

 • State of Illinois certification or waiver by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board with no more than forty (40) hours of training required by that Board for recertification, if necessary. (Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer does not meet this requirement.) 

 • Must be a United States Citizen or a Naturalized Citizen.

 • Individuals must be at least 21 years old. 

 • Education - High school education or the equivalent thereof. 

 • Experience - Must have been certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.  

*If the applicant is an out-of-state lateral candidate currently employed as a full-time police officer with any municipal, county, or state law enforcement agency, the lateral applicant shall have been so employed for a minimum of one (1) years before application and shall meet the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board “Out of State Reciprocity” requirements.

 • Valid Driver's License. 

 • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and can pass all examinations and training requirements. 

 • Ability to furnish, upon request, a copy of the following: a resume; professional licenses; training certificates; documents confirming work experience; birth certificate; high school diploma or GED certificate; transcripts of higher learning; naval or military service board and discharge papers (DD-214); employee evaluations; and any other employment-related material as requested or required. 


  • The City of Peoria shall pay fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) to the officer in three five-thousand-dollar ($5,000.00) incentive payments for accepting employment with the City of Peoria.  
    • The first payment will be disbursed on the Officer’s first date of employment. 
    • The second five-thousand-dollar ($5,000.00) payment will be disbursed after the Officer completes the Field Training Program.  
    • The final five-thousand-dollar ($5,000.00) payment will be disbursed after the Officer’s first anniversary, one calendar year from their hire date.   After completing incentive pay milestones, all payments will be disbursed no later than two pay cycles.  (See Appendix A of the Lateral Transfer Agreement 2023)
  • A newly hired individual certified as a law enforcement officer shall be paid the appropriate Pay Step for previous years of law enforcement service up to a maximum of five (5) years. Starting pay is $65,785.29 to $78,198.29 as of 2023 and is defined by the Peoria Police Benevolent Associations Collective Bargaining Agreement for future pay.
  • A newly hired individual certified as a law enforcement officer shall accrue the appropriate vacation benefits for previous years of law enforcement.
  • A newly hired individual certified as a law enforcement officer shall be subject to all other compensation and benefits as defined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

The Lateral Entry Program does not recognize rank or seniority rights from the officer’s previous employment.

For more information on the Out of State Training Reciprocity, please visit:

ILETSB – Out-of-State Trained Reciprocity Process (