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.
TROOPER APPLICATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED
The Illinois State Police Merit Board is actively seeking qualified candidates to apply for the Illinois State Police Trooper position.
We want all interested candidates to continue to apply for the Trooper position. The Merit Board will continue to accept and process applications, however, applicants should expect significant delays beyond the time period it normally takes to receive e-mail notification regarding their pending application status as well as any information on future testing dates.
To ensure the safety of test takers and staff, and in accordance with Governor Pritzker’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please be advised that the Merit Board will not be conducting any Recruitment Examination Testing until further notice. There is no information regarding a tentative date the Recruitment Examination will be administered. All eligible applicants will be notified by e-mail when testing resumes. This is contingent upon the testing centers ability to reopen.
Please continue to check our website for any updates on future Cadet Class information. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Although in-person recruitment activities are suspended due to COVID-19, the Illinois State Police Recruitment Section is interested in engaging with potential applicants and answering any job related questions while adhering to the stay-at-home order. Please use the contact information provided below to speak with a Recruiter.
Master Sergeant Hector Alejandre
Recruitment Section Manager
Sergeant Aldo Schumann
Northern Recruitment Coordinator
Sergeant Calvin Dye
Southern Recruitment Coordinator
News and Announcements
Public Notice – April 21, 2020, 2nd Quarter Board Meeting Postponed
On March 15, Governor Pritzker took aggressive action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by issuing Executive Order 2020-07, declaring it is necessary and appropriate for the State of Illinois to immediately take measures to protect the public’s health in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and encouraging public bodies to postpone consideration of public business where possible. On April 1, Governor Pritzker continued and extended Executive Order 2020-07 through April 30, 2020.Continue Reading »
Posted: April 13, 2020
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
Online Application Status
Now Accepting Online Applications
We are now accepting online applications for the position of Illinois State Police trooper.
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.