Lateral Police Officer Opportunity

To learn more about a career opportunity with the Palatine Police Department, video the Department's Police Officer recruitment video here: https://youtu.be/9D7j0K3ANFc

The Palatine Police Department is seeking certified police officers who are currently working for another agency who may be interested in a lateral transfer to Palatine.  This opportunity is open-ended, and interested parties should contact Kasia Cordell for more information.  Kasia can be reached at kcordell@palatine.il.us or 847-359-9010.

Lateral entry candidates do not need to follow the same recruitment process as entry-level candidates.  This includes waiving the written exam and physical ability test (POWER exam).  Candidates will initially be screened with the department administration.  Advancement through the process will include a formal interview with the Village of Palatine Board of Fire & Police Commissioners followed by a polygraph and background investigation.

Successful passage of these steps will place the candidate's name on an eligibility list, from which the Chief of Police may extend a conditional offer of employment.  The lateral eligibility list runs concurrent with the entry-level list, and the Chief of Police may select a lateral candidate at any time.  Starting salary is flexible and at the discretion of the Chief of Police, depending on experience.

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To qualify for lateral entry, the following qualifications must be met:

1.  The officer must possess a 4-year degree (Bachelors) from an accredited university.

2.  Must be currently employed by another police agency as a police officer.  Certified police officers not currently employed as a police officer must go through the entry-level process.

3.  Must have a minimum two years of experience as a police officer.


Candidates must be certified as a police officer through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, or if from another state, be eligible ot obtain a waiver from ILETSB.