Welcome to the Illinois State Police Merit Board

The mission of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence and provide a fair and equitable merit process for the selection of Illinois State Trooper candidates and the promotion and discipline of Illinois State Police officers.

 

Cadet Class Application Deadline

The Illinois State Police Merit Board is currently processing applications for Cadet Class 130 which is tentatively scheduled to begin in October 2019.  In order to be considered for Cadet Class 130 the Merit Board must receive your completed application and required documentation by May 31, 2019.

PFIT Test

The Illinois State Police Merit Board will be conducting a mandatory Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT) for applicants who apply by May 31, 2019, and successfully complete the Recruitment Examination. Attendance is required to continue in the Selection Process for Cadet Class 130. 

Date:   Saturday, June 29, 2019
Check-In Time:   8:00 AM
Location:   Springfield, Illinois
     
Date:   Sunday, June 30, 2019
Check-In Time:   8:00 AM
Location:   Glen Ellyn, Illinois

 

Applicant Education Requirement Update

Effective July 1, 2017, Any person who has been honorably discharged who served in a combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay during deployment on active duty, or  has served 3 years of full active and continuous military duty and received an honorable discharge, meets the collegiate educational requirement of the Department of State Police

Recruitment Test Study Guide

For those who have received a letter from the Merit Board stating that their application has been deemed acceptable and have received a letter inviting them to take the Recruitment Test, an optional study guide is available for purchase at the link below.  This study guide is not required to participate in the Recruitment Test. 

http://recruitment.iosolutions.com/Preparation-Materials/LST/

News and Announcements

Public Notice

REVISED: The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct the 2nd Quarter Merit Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 9:00 AM. The meeting will be held at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois, room 9-031.

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  • Posted: April 12, 2019

2019 Promotional Test Declaration - Testing to Captain

The 2019 Captain Test Declaration Announcement has been posted. View the announcement by selecting "Promotion Test Declaration" under the Promotion menu.

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  • Posted: April 2, 2019

2019 Promotional Test Declaration - Testing to Lieutenant

The 2019 Lieutenant Test Declaration Announcement has been posted. View the announcement by selecting "Promotion Test Declaration" under the Promotion menu.

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  • Posted: April 2, 2019

2019 Promotional Announcement

The 2019 Promotional Announcement has been posted. View the Announcement by selecting "Promotional Announcement" under the Promotion menu.

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  • Posted: October 26, 2018

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Online Application Status

Now Accepting Online Applications

We are now accepting online applications for the position of Illinois State Police trooper.

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Recruitment

Since its inception, the Illinois State Police has fostered and served with a reputation for integrity, service and pride. Illinois State Police functions include protecting life and property, enforcing both criminal laws and motor vehicle safety laws, responding to emergencies and disasters and providing a myriad of diverse specialized services to both the public and the criminal justice community. Learn more about how you can be a part of our team.


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Promotion

The Merit Board certifies sworn officer candidates as being qualified for promotion to the Director of the Illinois State Police. Certification for promotion is based on job performance measurement, written examination, assessment exercises (for appropriate ranks) and seniority. All vacancies in ranks above the lowest are to be filled by promotion.


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