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Entry-Level Police Officer

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Salary $43,784.00 Annually
Location Champaign, IL
Job Type Full-Time, Staff
Department Student Services
Job Number PO7.5.18


Job Summary

The department's Police Officers provide campus-wide protection for all college patrons, property and basic emergency medical care. All Officers must maintain an Illinois First Responder license. The Police Officers will patrol the campus, complete written reports and take necessary law enforcement action to maintain order pursuant to State law and college policies.This position is a Full-Time, 12-Month, Public Safety Officers Association appointment with an annual salary of $43,784.00.

The Entry-Level Police Officer Pool stays open all year, but we are currently recruiting with an application and testing deadline of February 1, 2019. Please apply and complete the test through National Testing Network, Inc. by this date. All candidates are encouraged to attend an optional, informational Police Officer Recruitment Night on January 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Parkland Student Union (U140).

The Parkland College Police Department offers testing services for the position of police officer through National Testing Network, Inc. To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select Law Enforcement and sign up for the Parkland College Department. Please note: you must first submit an online application via Parkland's employment opportunities website.

What to expect at the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:

  • Completion of the application process
  • Detailed information about the testing process.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at www.frontlinetest.com.
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.


Parkland College participates in the NTN testing fee waiver program. For information on getting your testing fee waived, email Sgt. Matt Kopmann at [email protected]

Upon completion of the entry level exam, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to Parkland College Police Department. Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry level exam will be placed on the department's eligibility list.

If you have any questions, please contact Sgt. Matt Kopmann at [email protected] or 217/351-2369.

Essential Job Functions
  • Maintaining order on-campus pursuant to College policies, state, and federal law.
  • Providing facility and patron security.
  • Performing parking and traffic enforcement and routine patrol.
  • Conducting investigations.
  • Providing emergency care.
  • Performing forcible arrests as necessary.
  • Documenting incidents.
  • Maintaining a good rapport with college faculty, staff, and patrons.
  • Providing assistance upon request.
  • Maintaining appropriate records.
  • Testifying in a court of law.
  • Wearing and maintaining appropriate uniform.
  • Maintaining current certifications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver's license with safe driving record.
  • At least 21 years of age.
  • No felony convictions; must pass thorough background check with fingerprinting.
  • Must complete on-the-job field training officer program.
  • Pass required written exam (National Testing Network, Inc.), oral interview, psychological evaluation, physical fitness test and medical exam. The psychological evaluation, physical fitness test and medical exam will take place after a conditional job offer has been accepted.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Associate's degree.
  • Military experience.


All benefits outlined below are described in more detail in the Public Safety Officers' Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Medical, Dental & Pharmacy Insurance
Parkland currently offers one health insurance plan option to full-time employees. The plan is a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) with in-network deductibles of $4,000 for single coverage and $6,000 for family coverage. A separate deductible will apply for out of network providers. No monthly premium is charged for enrolling in the medical plan. Prescription benefits are included under the medical plan and are subject to the annual deductible.

A dental plan is offered separately to full-time employees. There is no cost for employee only coverage. A premium of $4.50/month is charged for family coverage. Preventive services are covered at 100%, general services at 80% and major services and orthodontics are covered at 50%. There is a plan year maximum benefit of $2,000 per person as well as a lifetime orthodontic benefit of $2,000.

Schedules of benefits for both the medical and dental plans are available through Human Resources. Employees are not required to enroll in the Parkland College medical and/or dental plans and do have the opportunity to make enrollment changes during Open Enrollment each year or if a qualifying event occurs. Please refer to the Summary Plan Description for more information.

Flexible Spending Account/Dependent Day Care Account
Parkland College provides full-time employees the opportunity to have pre-tax payroll deductions deposited into a Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or a Dependent Day Care Account. Funds deducted for these accounts may only be reimbursed to the employee for eligible health or child care expenses as defined by the IRS. The annual maximum contribution for the Medical FSA is $2,600 and the annual maximum contribution for the Dependent Day Care Account is $5,000.

Enrollment in the Qualified High Deductible Health Plan may make an employee eligible to enroll in a Health Savings Account on an individual basis. Please see a Benefits Team member for more information.

Life Insurance
Parkland provides twice the base salary in basic term life insurance benefits at no cost to the employee. This policy is double indemnity and has portability provisions if the employee separates from employment. During the first 30 days of employment the plan provides a guaranteed issue period where the employee may elect up to $150,000 in supplemental coverage for themselves and $100,000 in supplemental coverage for a spouse, no questions asked. Any coverage above those amounts or after the guaranteed issue period ends, will be subject to evidence of insurability. Child Optional Benefits can also be purchased in increments of $2,500 to a maximum of $10,000. Premium rates for supplemental coverage are available through Human Resources. Coverage is underwritten by Reliance Standard.

Long-Term Disability Coverage
The disability plan pays 60% of base salary after a 90 day elimination period. Coverage is underwritten by the Reliance Standard. This plan is provided at no cost to benefit eligible, full-time employees.

State Universities Retirement System (SURS)
Eligible employees will be certified in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). A mandatory contribution of 9.50% will be deducted from gross pay. New members to SURS must choose from one of three retirement options within 6 months of their start date. This is a one time, lifetime, and irrevocable investment election. Failure to make an election within the 6 month time period will result in a default election to the Traditional plan. More detailed information will be provided by SURS soon after your start date. Information can also be found via their website at www.surs.org.

In addition to the 9.50% contribution to SURS, full-time community college employees in the State of Illinois also contribute .5% to the College Insurance Program for retirees.

Additional retirement savings options are available for employees via pre-tax payroll deductions to 403(b) and 457(b) plans. Account applications and salary reduction agreements are available in Human Resources. For additional information, schedule an appointment with the Benefits & Compensation Manager. There is no employer match for 403(b) or 457(b) contributions.

Paid Time Off
Public Safety Officers accrue sick, personal and vacation leave as defined under the collective bargaining agreement. Sick and personal leave are granted up front at the beginning of the fiscal year while vacation leave is accrued monthly.

Sick leave - 13 days per year, granted on July 1st. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the fiscal year. Sick leave is not subject to carryover limits.

Personal leave - 5 days per year, granted on July 1st. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the fiscal year. Personal leave not used by June 30th will roll to sick leave.

Vacation leave - New employees earn 9.34 hours per month (14 days per year) during their first year of employment. Vacation accrual increases to a maximum of 14.67 hours per month over a 15 year period. (Maximum vacation is 22 days per year.) Vacation leave is subject to carryover limits based on years of service.

Bereavement leave is available in the event of the death of a member of the employee's family. See the collective bargaining agreement for more information.

Miscellaneous Benefits
  • Domestic Partner benefits for same and opposite sex domestic partners.
  • Wellness Reimbursement up to $200 per fiscal year for the development of an individualized weight loss or smoking cessation program as needed by the employee.
  • Employee Assistance Program that offers free, confidential counseling services for employees and members of their household.
  • Payroll Direct Deposit
  • Corporate Memberships at local fitness centers including The Fitness Center, Refinery and Mettler Center. Please contact these facilities directly for membership rates.
  • Free use of Fitness Center on Parkland Campus via registration in the non-credit course for Fitness Center use and submission of a tuition waiver.
  • Employee and Dependent Tuition Waivers for eligible Parkland courses.
  • 14 paid holidays annually.
  • Reduced work schedule during 8 week summer session with College closed on Fridays.


01 Will you be 21 years of age or older by September 1, 2018?
  • Yes
  • No


02 Do you have fluent secondary language skills? If yes, please list the languages in which you are fluent?

03 Do you possess a valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No


04 Please indicate your highest level of education.
  • High School or GED
  • College - 30-59 credit hours
  • College - 60-89 credit hours
  • College - 90-119 credit hours
  • College - More than 120 credit hours, but no degree
  • Specialized Trade School
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Post Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Post Master's Degree
  • Doctorate (PhD, MD, JD, DVM, VMD)


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Parkland College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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