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.
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 an Illinois State Police Recruiter.
News and Announcements
The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 PM.Continue Reading »
Posted: November 20, 2020
2021 Promotional Process Announcement
The 2021 Promotional Announcement has been posted. View the Announcement by selecting "2021 Promotional Process Information" under the Promotional Process tab.Continue Reading »
Posted: November 17, 2020
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
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
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.