The Winnetka Police Department has two open officer positions.
The Village anticipates beginning a new testing period for entry-level officers in early 2024. Applications for lateral candidates are being accepted through our employment opportunities page and are regularly reviewed.
- At least 21 years of age and under 35 years of age at the time of application deadline, unless exempt from such age limitation as provided in section 5/10-2.1-6 of the Fire and Police Commissioner’s Act
- U.S. Citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S.
- Valid driver’s license
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Vision correctable to 20/40, normal peripheral vision and free from color blindness
- POWER test card
- Ability to pass all selection and training requirements. New officers must sign a repayment agreement for expenses should they voluntarily leave employment within three years
Why Work in Winnetka?
Winnetka is primarily a residential community located in north suburban Chicago (read more about the Village here), and is described by many as a great place to work. The following is compensation and benefits information for patrol officers:
- Patrol Officer salary range: $82,509 - $116,203
- Village-provided equipment and uniforms; plus annual uniform allowance
- Excellent health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits
- Paid vacation, personal, holiday, comp time, and sick leave
- Police pension plan
- Patrol Officers are represented by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP) collective bargaining agreement
About the Position
New officers are assigned to a patrol function to support the mission of the Winnetka Police Department. The Department consists of 28 sworn officers and 10 civilian employees. Patrol officers do the following while on duty:
- Patrol an assigned beat
- Initiate criminal investigations
- Prepare reports
- Provide traffic and parking enforcement
- Arrest and process offenders
- Prepare for and testify in court
- Respond to calls for service
- Mostly non-emergency service calls
Patrol officers primarily work 12-hour shifts, which routinely include:
- Opportunities to work both day and night shift on a rotating schedule
- Normal shift rotations include every other weekend off
- Overtime opportunities
- Emphasis on scheduled training when available
Development opportunities for sworn officers include:
- Training and career development
- Multi-jurisdictional assignments
- Community relations
- Specialty assignments:
- Investigations Unit
- Evidence Technician
- New Trier High School School Resource Officer (SRO)
- NORTAF and NIPAS Specialty Teams
- Motorcycle Officer
- Bicycle Patrol Unit
- Training Instructor
- Crime Prevention Officer
- Business Liaison Officer
There is a mandatory physical fitness test twice a year for patrol officers, with financial incentives based on performance.
New officers attend a mandatory 16-week training program at either the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage, or the Illinois State Police Academy.
Candidates can expect the following in the recruitment process:
- Physical agility test (P.O.W.E.R. Test)
- Orientation and written exam
- Police Department oral interview
- Board of Fire and Police Commissioners (BFPC) oral interview
- Background investigation
- Psychological Evaluation
- Pre-employment physical examination
- Two-year probationary period (post-hire)
The BFPC is responsible for the appointment of patrol officers.