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.


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. 


News and Announcements

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

Board Meeting Notice

Beginning January 2016, the Merit Board will no longer create and keep a verbatim record of the Board’s meetings that are open to the public. Click "Continue Reading" for more information.

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  • Posted: December 9, 2015

Recruitment Test Study Guide

For Recruitment Test Invitees Only: An optional study guide for the Recruitment Test is available for purchase. Click "Continue Reading" for more information.

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  • Posted: September 10, 2015

Promotional Education Requirement Reminder

Effective January 1, 2003 the Merit Board required any candidate competing for the rank of Lieutenant and Captain to possess a Bachelor's Degree.

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  • Posted: April 15, 2014

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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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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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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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