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.



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

Promotion Test Signup Open

The sign-up for the 2019 Lieutenant and Captain Promotional tests is now open. Click "Continue Reading" for more information.

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  • Posted: June 28, 2019

Public Notice

The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct the 3rd Quarter Merit Board Meeting on Friday, June 28, 2019, at 9:00 AM. The meeting will be held at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois, room 9-031.

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  • Posted: June 21, 2019

Meeting Date Change

The State Police Merit Board regular quarterly meeting previously scheduled to be held in Chicago on July 16, 2019 has been changed. The meeting will now be held at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, at 9:00 am on June 28, 2019.”

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  • Posted: June 10, 2019

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

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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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