Entry-Level Police Officer

Open Testing & Applications

On an ongoing basis, the Carbondale Police Department hosts open testing for entry-level police officers.

Carbondale Police Application Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Age 21 (20 with certain restrictions)
  • Associate Degree (or 60 semester hours) - Education requirements go down with police experience and prior completion of a police academy
  • No felony conviction. NOTE: Some convictions for misdemeanors or serious traffic offenses may also disqualify applicants from further consideration
  • No visible tattoos
  • Proof of a valid driver’s license
  • Must successfully complete an oral interview and background investigation
  • Must successfully complete a medical examination and psychological tests
  • Must sign a 36-month (3year) Pre-Employment Agreement 

Selection Process

The Carbondale Police Officer selection process is conducted in six steps:

  1. Pre-Application Contact – Meeting the candidate and the candidate submitting an application
  2. Written Examination
  3. Physical Agility Exam- Illinois Power Test
  4. Interview with Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
  5. Administrative Interview with Human Resource Officer, Chief of Police, Deputy Chiefs, and other selected members of the Carbondale Police Department.
  6. Pre-employment Screening - Includes Background Investigation, Psychological Exam, Medical Exam, and Drug Testing