Minimum Requirements: $25 non-refundable application fee; U.S. Citizenship; Valid Drivers License; Applicants must be less than 35 years of age by the date of first testing. The 35-year old maximum age restriction is subject to the exceptions found in 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6 (as may be amended from time to time), which currently include but are not limited to: (a) veterans by the number of years they have served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty; (b) persons previously employed as a police officer in a regularly constituted police department of any state municipality; (c) persons who have served as an auxiliary police officer under Section 3.1-30- 20 for at least 5 years and are under 40 years of age; (d) persons who have served as a deputy under Section 3-6008 of the Counties Code and otherwise meet necessary training requirements; and (e) persons who have served as a sworn officer as a member of the Illinois Department of State Police. â€¢ Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the date of first testing. The 21-year minimum age requirement does not apply to an applicant (a) who is 20 years of age and (b) who has successfully completed two years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university and who is otherwise eligible to take the initial examination for police officer. No applicant who is appointed to active duty shall have the power of arrest or be permitted to carry a firearm until he reaches 21 years of age. Proof regarding the POWER Test: Submission of a POWER Test certification card is valid for two years preceding the date of application. If you do not currently hold a valid POWER Test certification card and were unable to obtain a POWER Test certification card due to COVID-19 closures, you will have up until the date of a conditional offer of employment by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners if you successfully complete all portions of the testing process prior to the conditional offer of employment. POWER Test certification cards are accepted from the following licensed agencies listed or as approved by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Applicants must have ONE of the following: o At least 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of credit from a college or university accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies responsible for evaluating two and four year institutions that grant associateâ€™s or bachelorâ€™s degrees (original, official transcripts due at application deadline); OR o At least 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of credit from a college or university accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies responsible for evaluating two and four years institutions that grant associate or bachelor degree AND one (1) year of continuous active military duty in the armed forces of the United States (original, official transcripts AND copy of DD-214 long form due at application deadline); OR o Four (4) years of continuous active military duty in the armed forces of the United States (copy of DD-214 long form due at application deadline); OR o Current service as a police officer certified by the State of Illinois and actively working for not less than two (2) continuous years for a regularly constituted police department of an Illinois municipality (copy of Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Law Enforcement Officer certificate AND letter from current employer due at application deadline).