Officer Recruitment

The Winnetka Police Department has two open officer positions.

The Fall 2023 application window closed August 21, 2023 at 4:00 PM. 

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
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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.

Hiring Process

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
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Pre-employment physical examination
  • Two-year probationary period (post-hire)

The BFPC is responsible for the appointment of patrol officers.

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