Qualified Entry Police Officer Applications


Effective immediately the Marion Police Department will begin taking applications

  • from currently employed
  • full-time law enforcement officers
  • for consideration of employment on an on-going basis.
  • Applicants will not be required to take an entry level written exam or entry level physical agility exam.
  • Candidates will be required to complete all other phases of the Marion Police Dept. hiring process before an offer of employment.

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications

Applicants seeking qualification appointment to the position of Police Officer must meet the following minimum qualifications and requirements at the time of application:

  • State of Illinois certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Full-time certification by the state of employment outside Illinois will also be accepted provided the certification will be accepted and recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board with no more than forty (40) hours of training required by that Board for recertification, if necessary.  United States citizen.
  • Individuals must be at least 23 years old.
  • Education – High School education or equivalent thereof.
  • Experience – Currently employed full-time with a municipal, county or state law enforcement agency with at least two (2) years experience as a full-time sworn, certified law enforcement officer after completion of a probationary period. Candidates with less than two (2) years experience may be considered if the candidate has two (2) years active duty military experience in addition to sworn certified law enforcement officer experience.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License.
  • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and have the ability to pass all examination and training requirements.
  • Ability to furnish upon request, a copy of the following; a resume; professional licenses; training certificates; documents confirming work experience; birth certificate; high school diploma or GED certificate; transcripts of higher learning; naval or military service board and discharge papers (DD-214); employee evaluations; and other employment related material as requested or required.

Selection Process

Each phase of the process is pass/fail and required to proceed to the next step.

  • Interview with the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.
  • Interview by Police Chief and Designated City Officials.
  • Character and background investigation and credit check.
  • Post-offer examinations including, but not limited to; psychological evaluation; medical examination; polygraph; and drug screening.
  • All appointments are subject to a probationary period and a 2 year pre-employment contract.

Qualified Entry Eligibility List

An initial qualified entry eligibility list will be created from qualified applicants who submit the required application materials. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Placement on any qualified entry eligibility list shall be based upon the relative experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicants.

In the event that pre-screening identifies applicants who have certain knowledge, skills and abilities that make those applicants more desirable for the position sought to be filled, the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners may choose to appoint those applicants.

The application packet can be downloaded from here