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Whether you’re looking for a career after military service, seeking career advancement, or just want to serve your community, The Fairview Heights Police Department offers the adventure of a lifetime. We believe that there is a place for you on our team and in our community.

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. We understand testing can be intimidating, which is why we now do our own individualized testing and hiring.

We offer highly competitive salaries for all levels. Contact us today to learn more.

Salary with a Bachelor's Degree after Probationary Period

Fairview Heights Police Department also accepts those with Associate’s Degrees and can provide financial assistance for your Bachelor’s Degree

Lateral Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following qualifications at the time of application:


A completed application must be submitted to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

IL Police Training Act

Police Officer applicants must provide documentation that they have fulfilled the requirements of the Illinois Police Training Act. State Troopers, Deputy Sheriffs and Out-of-State Applicants must provide documentation that they have fulfilled the requirements of their training boards and be certified as a full-time law enforcement officer and be eligible to be certified in the State of Illinois.

Age Requirements

Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment (maximum age is determined in compliance with current Illinois State Statutes, Section 5/10-2.1-6 of the Fire and Police Commissioner’s Act).

Work History

Must be currently employed as a full-time (non-probationary may be waived by the Board) certified law enforcement officer -OR- a certified officer who has been laid off for financial or budgetary reasons from an agency within the past 12 months preceding an announcement of a testing date.


Must possess a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement or a related filed (the Board may consider an applicant who has a minimum of sixty-four (64) semester hours or its equivalent in undergraduate college work towards the attainment of any bachelor’s degree)

Military service may be considered in lieu of educational requirements. In lieu of an associates/bachelor’s degree (1) the candidate must have served for 24/36 months of honorable active duty in the United States Armed Forces OR (2) has served for 180 days of active duty in the United States Armed Forces in combat duty as recognized by the Department of Defense (must not have been discharged dishonorably or under circumstances other than honorable).

Probationary Period

The probationary period for lateral entry has been shortened to 12 months.

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  • All uniforms & equipment provided
  • Residency is 45 miles from our PD, to include Missouri
  • Abundant special assignments available
  • Competitive and generous sick leave, vacation, & healthcare
  • Employee only healthcare premiums paid 100%
  • State of the art equipment & squad cars
  • Abundance of overtime opportunities
  • Support of the community & elected officials

*with Bachelor’s Degree and After Probationary Period

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“We will lead you, train you, and empower you to be the best!”

Chief Steven Johnson

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.

The Department

We employ forty-six (46) 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, Auto Theft Task Force, 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 package, which is above and beyond other area departments.



Collinsville PD
  • Collinsville PD requires officers live in St. Clair or Madison Co.
  • Starting salary up to $72,281, and $83,771 after probation

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Fairview Heights PD
  • Fairview Heights PD requires officers to live within 45 miles of the police department, to include Missouri

  • Starting salary up to $77,779 and $83,045 after probation


What is the Fitness Test?

The POWER fitness test consists of sit and reach, 1 minute of sit-ups, 1 rep max bench press, 1.5 mile timed run.

specific requirements

What if I have previously taken the fitness test?

Valid state issued POWER tests cards, dated less than 6 months from the test date will be accepted to waive fitness testing

What happens after the fitness test?

Those who pass fitness testing will move on to the written examination

When is the next testing date?

Testing will be held on December 2, 2023.

Contact Amber Hopkins at with any questions.

What is the application process?


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, or completed online.

Applications are also available in the police department lobby.


All qualifying applicants will then take a physical agility test. 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. Lateral hires are not required to take the physical agility test or written examination.


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, ((12) month for lateral hires.

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