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 132
The Illinois State Police Merit Board is no longer accepting applicants for Cadet Class 132. Applicants who have already initiated an application must have submitted all required documents by close of business on January 31, 2020
Recruitment Test Study Guide
For those who have received a letter from the Merit Board stating their application has been deemed acceptable and 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
The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct an Emergency Merit Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 3:00 PM. The meeting will be held at The James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Room 2-026.Continue Reading »
Posted: February 4, 2020
Illinois State Police Fast Track Program
The Illinois State Police (ISP) is re-instituting the “Fast Track” Program that provides an opportunity for certified police officers to become Illinois State Troopers through participation in an accelerated training program. Click "Continue Reading" or "Fast Track" from the Recruitment menu for more information.Continue Reading »
Posted: June 8, 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.Continue Reading »
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.Continue Reading »
Posted: April 2, 2019
Online Application Status
Not Accepting Online Applications
The Illinois State Police Merit Board is not accepting applications at this time. Please check at a later date for more information.
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.
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.