New Officer Testing Program

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The South Elgin Police Department is testing for the position of full time police officer to establish an Eligibility list.

Apply at:  National Testing Network:

Application/Testing Timeline:
Opens: Friday, August 19, 2022
Closes:  Monday, September 19, 2022

How to Apply: South Elgin offers full testing services for the position of full-time Police Officer through National Testing Network (NTN) through a video-based job simulation multiple choice exam. To register with NTN and schedule a test, go to, select Find Jobs, then select Law Enforcement Jobs and sign up for South Elgin Police Department.

When you visit the website:

  • Complete the NTN registration process and schedule your test.
  • Review all information related to the South Elgin full-time Police Officer, including minimum requirements, salary, and benefits.
  • Review detailed information about the testing process.
  • Review the frequently asked questions and take an on-line practice test (if desired).

What Documents Do You Need?

  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid Driver's License
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. (unofficial college transcript, high school diploma or G.E.D. composite score)
  • All required documents as provided through NTN
  • Completed Preference Points form, with qualifying documents, upon successful passage of written and oral tests (if applicable).

Eligibility to Become a Police Officer:

  • Meet the age requirements set forth in the Illinois State Statute 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6; specifically, upon appointment of employment be 21 years of age or older and have not reached their 35thbirthday, unless they meet the exemptions under the statute. 
  • Must be an U.S. citizen
  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license
  • Must be able to meet vision standard at time of appointment. Must be correctable to 20/20 with both eyes open including field of vision/depth perception/color vision within normal ranges.
  • Must be of excellent moral character and personal integrity.
  • Possess no record of felony conviction or crime of moral turpitude.

Salary: $69,909-$99,743 plus a full benefit package. For benefit package, click here

Important Dates:

  • August 19 – September 19, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. CST: To be considered for the 2022 Police Officer Eligibility List the video-based job simulation multiple-choice exam, the online application along with documents from the checklist must be completed and uploaded by no later than, September 19, 2022. 
  • October 1-2, 2022: In Person Oral Interviews – Saturday, October 1, 2022, and Sunday, October 2, 2022 (top 75 candidates will be invited to the oral interview)
  • October 2022: Following successful passing of written and oral tests, submission for eligibility of preference points (upon request).
  • October 2022:  Final Certified Eligibility list posted for 2022 Police Officer Eligibility List. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where will the test location(s) be? We use a video-based, job simulation multiple choice exam administered and proctored by National Testing Network. The applicant registers, pays the required fee, and schedules an on-line testing available time slot.

How long after I test can I expect to be offered a job? There is no definitive answer to this question. We operate under a Board of Fire & Police Commission. The commission establishes an eligibility list from those candidates who successfully passed the testing process, and we hire from that eligibility list. Hiring is dependent on the number of openings we have due to retirements, resignations, increases in authorized strength, etc. Your placement on the eligibility list relative to the number of openings available will determine when you will be offered a position.

Can any of the testing phases be missed? No, all phases are mandatory.

Have Questions or Need More Info?  If you have additional questions regarding the police application, testing and hiring process, please reach out to the South Elgin Police Department at (847) 741-2151 x5335.