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.



The Illinois State Police Merit Board is still accepting applications for future classes. We are not currently scheduling any Recruitment Examination Testing due to COVID-19 related testing center closures. There is no information regarding a tentative date the Recruitment Exam will be administered. Applicants will be notified by e-mail when testing resumes.

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

Sergeant Aldo Schumann

Sergeant Calvin Dye

Recruitment Section Manager

Northern Recruitment Coordinator 

Southern Recruitment Coordinator








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

Public Notice

The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct the 4th Quarter Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 9:00 AM.

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  • Posted: September 10, 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Posted: April 2, 2019

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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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