Experience/Lateral Police Officer Program

This Job Posting is for our Experience/Lateral Police Officer Program, initiated for
qualified full-time sworn law enforcement officers.

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 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. Certification by the state of employment outside Illinois will also be accepted provided
    the certification will be accepted and recognized 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.)
  • United States citizen
  • Individuals must be at least 21 years old
  • Education - High school education or equivalent thereof
  • Experience – at least 2 years experience as a full time sworn, certified law enforcement officer
    with a municipal or state police department within the last 3 years of Candidates with less than 2
    years experience may be considered if the candidate has completed 60 hours of college credit or
    has 2 years active duty military experience in addition to full time sworn certified law
    enforcement officer experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and have the ability to pass all
    examination 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.

If you have any questions about our Lateral Hiring Program, please call the Human
Resources Department at (618) 457-3227 Monday -Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Applications
are reviewed weekly; however, oral interviews will be determined by needs of the

The City of Carbondale is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and people
with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Other Information

Successful applicants must be in good standing with the current department and/or left
previous department(s) in good standing.

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We do what we say we will do
We have high moral and ethical standards
We are professional and fair

We are reliable
We honor our commitments
We accept responsibility
We take responsibility for the outcome of our actions and decisions
We hold ourselves and others accountable

We are consistent and balance conflicting interests
We are impartial and objective
We treat everyone without favoritism or discrimination

We value every member of our team
We value positive, efficient, and effective group action
We respect residents, visitors, and one another

We foster open lines of communication
We encourage sharing of opinions and ideas
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