Fairview Heights Police Department
Not For Ourselves, But For All.
The Fairview Heights Police Department is looking for the best and brightest recruits to become a member of one of the most respected police departments in the region.
That’s why we have created our own hiring process to allow you to:
- Learn more about us up close and personal
- Experience an individualized testing personalized to one department
- Make the right match for your career
We believe that there is a place for you on our team and in our community.
Join The Force.
The Fairview Heights Police Department is one of the few departments in the area that provides direct testing and hiring. You don’t have to go through an organization to be part of our department. You just need to click below and introduce yourself. We understand testing can be intimidating, which is why we now do our own individualized testing and hiring. We are no longer in the testing process. We will re-open traditional testing next year. We will re-open the lateral entry process in the near future.
Applicants must complete the necessary application. The application can be delivered to: Fairview Heights Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, ATTN: Amber Hopkins, 10027 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights, IL, 62208.
Applications are also available in the police department lobby.
All qualifying applicants will then take a physical agility test. Applicants must bring with them a completed copy of the Medical Permission Form. Applicants who pass the physical agility test will then take a written examination immediately following. The Fairview Heights Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will notify all candidates of the written examination results and ranking if placed on the eligibility register. Successful candidates placed on the eligibility register who are eligible for veteran, educational, or law enforcement certification preference points will have an opportunity to claim them.
A final eligibility register will then be established in numeric order based on written examination scores and claimed preference points. Candidates listed on the final eligibility register may be invited to continue in the Board’s pass/fail process that will consist of the following:
- Extensive background investigation
- Polygraph examination
- Oral interview
Candidate ranking on the Final Eligibility Register is valid for a period of two years from the date that the commission adopts it.
Probationary Period: Following appointment, a new police officer is required to satisfy the following requirements:
- Successfully complete a state mandated recruit academy.
- Become certified by the Illinois State Training Board.
- Successfully complete the department’s field training program.
Successfully complete an eighteen (18) month probationary period.
We are no longer in the testing process.
We will re-open traditional testing next year.
We will re-open the lateral entry process in the near future.
Want to learn more about our force?
Fill out the form and we’ll set up a time to talk.
More Than A Career. It’s A Way of Life.
A career in law enforcement is a choice that you make. We understand that. That’s why our recruitment process is specialized to our department.
We Want You!
Recent College Graduates
Experienced Police Officers
Former Members of our Armed Forces
We offer highly competitive salaries for all levels. Contact us today to learn more.
Starting Salary with an Associate’s Degree
Starting Salary with a Bachelor’s Degree
“We’ve chosen to stand out from the crowd. We invite you to do the same.“
Chief Christopher S. Locke
The City of Fairview Heights
We are a unique community with a residential population of approximately 17,000. Residents have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of housing options ranging from stylish rental apartments to luxurious executive-style single family homes. Living in Fairview Heights is considered to be a genuine pleasure. In addition to having a wonderful selection of housing options, the City also has excellent school systems and offers several well-equipped parks for recreation.
Fairview Heights attracts visitors and shoppers from throughout Southern Illinois and the entire St. Louis region with our substantial number of restaurants and hundreds of retail stores, including our huge, one million square foot regional indoor shopping mall.
We employ forty-four (44) sworn officers and sixteen (16) civilian employees. The Fairview Heights Police Department offers qualified candidates the opportunity to join a proactive and professional police department with several career enhancing opportunities, including criminal investigations, juvenile investigations, undercover drug operations, school resource officer, D.A.R.E. officer, crisis intervention teams, TRACER team (hot spot unit), regional SWAT and Mobile Field Force teams.
Police officers in Fairview Heights have always enjoyed the support of the citizens of the community, due in large part to the officers’ dedication to the philosophy of community oriented policing and the officers’ devotion to the tenets of professional and ethical policing. The department is focused on preventing crime and increasing the quality of life for everyone who lives in or visits the community.
Patrol officers are represented by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 217. The collective bargaining agreement offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefit program.
In order to be considered for employment with the Fairview Heights Police Department, candidates must possess and adhere to the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 35.
1) Candidates who are over 35 years of age, and have any amount of full time law enforcement experience with a municipality in any state, are eligible,
2) Candidates who have Illinois Sheriff Deputy and/or Illinois State Police patrol experience are eligible up to the age of 40, and
3) Candidates who are 20 years of age and have successfully completed 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university, are eligible;
4) a military veteran shall be allowed to exceed age 35 by the number of service years in active military duty, up to 10 years.
- Possess an Associate’s Degree or above in law enforcement or a related field, -OR- the Board may consider an applicant who (1) has successfully received credit for a minimum of sixty-four (64) semester hours towards a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; (2) has served for 24 months of honorable active duty in the United States Armed Forces and has not been discharged dishonorably; (3) has served for 180 days of active duty in the United States Armed Forces in combat duty recognized by the Department of Defense and has not been discharged dishonorably; Be a U.S. citizen or an alien admitted for permanent residency or authorized to work in the U.S.
- Possess a valid Illinois license or have the capability to obtain one at the time of the appointment.
- Pass written examinations, agility tests, oral interviews, background investigation(s), physical examination, vision test, polygraph test, and an extensive psychological examination. All of the medical examinations will be conducted by department physicians.
- Possess the capability of being accepted into and successfully completing a state mandated police basic training academy.
- Live within a 25 mile radius of the Fairview Heights Police Department within one year of employment.
- Have no visible tattoos when wearing a short sleeve duty uniform (short sleeve shirt, long pants). Applicants with tattoos on their neck, face, head, hands, forearms, and lower portion of the upper arm will not be eligible.