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Police Officer

Northern Illinois University (NIU)
DeKalb, IL

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Position Title:

Police Officer

Position Number:


Working Position Title:

Police Officer

Posting Type:

Civil Service






Public Safety

Primary Function:

The position of Police Officer is a responsible professional public safety position with full executive law enforcement authority. Individuals working in this capacity protect the safety and security of persons, property, equipment and facilities, and protect and preserve individual civil rights in and around Northern Illinois University controlled lands. Police personnel enforce all applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules, regulations and University policies and procedures. Police officers maintain the public peace and order and assist in facilitating the adjudication of infractions of the University judicial Code and State or Federal Criminal or Civil Code violations.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally):

  1. Preventing death or injury and protecting property while preserving the public peace, order and tranquility through the use of sophisticated technologies, aggressive mobile and foot patrols, covert and overt surveillance initiatives and the employment of appropriate investigative strategies.
  2. Police officers are, at a minimum, required to be certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and maintain such certification throughout the term of their employment. Police personnel may be required to obtain advanced EMT certifications as may be necessary to meet the needs of the agency.
  3. Police officers in their capacity as EMT’s are required to render effective medical assistance within their level of certification and expertise as may be necessary to ensure the health and wellbeing of anyone requiring such assistance.
  4. The fair and impartial enforcement of State criminal, traffic and motor vehicle laws, and adopted edicts from the University Board of Trustees through a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Illinois State Statutes and the University’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations and how they should be applied.
  5. Collecting information relative to civil and criminal investigations, preparing cases for and providing testimony in court and preparing detailed reports on assigned complaints and communicating the outcomes in formal judicial and informal non-judicial settings effectively, both orally and in writing.
  6. Directing motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic, conducting motor vehicle accident investigations, preparing required state motor vehicle accident reports and maintaining complete accurate, articulate accident investigation documents.
  7. Engaging in regular foot and mobile patrol activities, responding to alarms, handling emergency complaints, serving warrants as required, engaging in self-initiated police activities and transporting prisoners.
  8. Operating and maintaining department equipment in accordance with agency policy and procedures including but not limited to: emergency vehicles, RADAR, LIDAR or other speed measuring devices, breath/alcohol analyzers, mobile computing systems, automated defibrillators and office machines.
  9. Performing building security and parking regulation enforcement.
  10. Promote exceptional relationships with the university community.
  11. Police officers may be required to operate communications equipment while temporarily functioning as a telecommunicator observing all of the policies and procedures pertaining to that position and caring for and maintaining the equipment in their control.
  12. Police officers assist other jurisdictions upon request in non-emergency or emergency circumstances as provided for in the parent agency policies.
  13. Performing other duties as may be required by supervisory or command personnel.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent.
  2. Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  3. No record of conviction of a felony or misdemeanors as identified in the Illinois Police Training Act (50 ILCS 705 et seq.), or a crime involving moral turpitude.
  4. Eligibility for bonding, if required by the employing institution.
  5. Successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Officers Training course as prescribed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board, if required by the employing institution. All recruit law enforcement officers who successfully complete this course after September 1, 1984 are required to successfully pass the Law Enforcement Officers Certification Examination. (Applicants lacking such training at time of appointment will be required to complete such requirement during, and as a part of, their probationary period of employment in this class.)
  6. Must be at least 21 years of age upon employment. (This requirement may be further defined by local recruitment, examination, and employment policies, provided age requirements have been met with regard to all other applicable state and federal regulations in this respect.) NOTE: Persons who have not successfully completed the mandated firearm training course, as approved and recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board, must complete the course during their probationary period. Police officers are not authorized to carry a service weapon until successfully completing such training.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications):


Education and Experience Preferred:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the State of Illinois Criminal Code, Illinois Vehicle Code and the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the University.
  • A basic understanding of the human anatomy and current life supporting interventions and practices.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of how to engage in effective mediation, facilitation, negotiation and de-escalation activities.
  • Capacity to read, understand, interpret and apply appropriate legal texts and academic documents that provide the information necessary to develop the knowledge and skills mentioned.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.:

  1. Integrity (Being honest and ethical.)
  2. Knowledge of Principles, Practices, and Procedures of Police Work (Ability to develop and maintain working knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of police work (such as Illinois Criminal Statutes, Illinois vehicle code, local ordinances, University rules and regulations, and civil law related to the police mission.))
  3. Verbal Communication (Ability to verbally communicate effectively during normal, as well as stressful and emergency, circumstances; ability to communicate clearly in writing, using correct grammar and spelling.)
  4. Decision Making and Problem Solving (Ability to analyze information and evaluate the potential results to choose the most appropriate solution.)
  5. Verbal Comprehension (Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.)
  6. Information Seeking (Ability to pay attention to detail; gather and arrange information; and prepare complete, concise, and accurate reports.)
  7. Conflict Management (Ability to handle complaints, settle disputes, and resolve grievances and conflicts.)
  8. Knowledge of areas such as, but not limited to, psychology and customer service
  9. Defensive Techniques (Ability to develop and maintain skill in the use of firearms and other defensive techniques (armed and unarmed)).
  10. Vehicle Operation (Ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner during normal, as well as stressful and emergency, circumstances.)
  11. Computer Skills (Ability to use computer hardware and software (such as charting, database, and word processing software)).
  12. Ability to develop and maintain working knowledge of University community geography.
  13. Ability to enforce laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations with tact, impartiality, and firmness.
  14. Ability to mentally and physically react effectively, quickly, calmly, and rationally during times of conflict and emergencies.

Working Hours:


Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly):

$27.49 hourly

Hiring Rate Information:

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Posting Date:


Closing Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held.
  • If you have education and/or training in excess of what is required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial transcripts and/or certifications.
  • After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this particular vacancy.
  • Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from [email protected] and [email protected] Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  • We STRONGLY recommend that contact information used in your online profile be personal use, not professional/work information: personal email address, home address, and phone numbers. The information you provide is used to make contact on search updates, department referrals and interviews, etc. We must be able to relay sensitive and important information in a way that protects your privacy concerning job search activity, now and in the future.
  • ALL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE SCHEDULED TO COME TO THE NIU DEKALB CAMPUS TO TAKE A STATE UNIVERSITIES CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM EXAMINATION. At the time of testing, you will be required to present a valid driver’s license. NOTE: If you have any questions about your testing status, please contact the Civil Service Testing Office by the posting deadline.
  • Required documentation noted in the posting such as driver’s license, licensures, or certifications MUST be uploaded with your application.
  • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  • Click on Police Officer for more information including typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
  • This classification is considered Security Sensitive. Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
  • The Police Officer classification is part of the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP), Chapter 291, bargaining unit. Information regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement can be found at MAP Chapter 291.

Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)
  • Is projected to take place the week of August 23, 2021
  • Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (P.O.W.E.R.) cards from NIPSTA, Joliet Junior College, Triton College, or Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Police Academy, issued February 23, 2021, or later will be accepted in lieu of Physical Fitness Testing at NIU. The POWER cards issued by these organizations should be uploaded with your application materials (under Certifications/Licensure), faxed to (815) 753-2335 to the attention of Civil Service Testing, or emailed to [email protected]
  • We strongly encourage applicants to consider the POWER card testing at one of these outside agencies in order to be assured a positive outcome for the PFT prior to NIU’s administration of the physical fitness testing round.

Link to Department Homepage:

NIU Police & Public Safety

Physical Demands:

  • Police officers may be required to exert themselves with no prior notification. In emergency circumstances an officer may be required to run up several flights of stairs and then provide emergency medical attention to include CPR for an extended period of time. An officer may have to get on his or her knees, bend over a person, and provide effective chest compressions for up to ten (10) minutes without relief. The officer must be able to perform both at exceptional physical and cognitive levels.
  • He or she must be able to assess the situation and make appropriate decisions regarding the use of available resources and appropriate responses.
  • Officers may be required to chase an on-foot fleeing suspect for several hundred meters, then engage in unassisted hand-to-hand combat for two (2) to three (3) minutes. Offenders can range in weight from ninety (90) pounds to in excess of two hundred fifty (250) pounds or more. These encounters can be life threatening and require the officer be able to protect him or herself until assistance can arrive.
  • Police officers must be able to think clearly in a crisis. They must have sufficient intellectual capacity to remain in control while managing stressful circumstances.
  • Police officers are required to undertake foot patrol activities, which may entail up to sixteen (16) hours with limited breaks in the activity. They may have to stand while directing traffic for several hours or stand for several hours while performing security functions. Patrol officers may be required to sit for several hours in a patrol vehicle or a classroom with limited ability to stretch or reposition themselves.
  • Police officers work in a variety of conditions. They may have to walk patrols in sub-zero conditions or temperatures above 90 degrees. They often wear protective clothing that exacerbates body temperatures in extreme heat.
  • Police personnel may be confined to a patrol vehicle for extended periods or have to remain in a classroom for up to eight (8) hours per day.
  • Police personnel may be required to enter areas filled with smoke or other toxins.
  • They may be required to enter tight places or areas that have low light conditions.
  • Officers often work at night, during weekends, on holidays, and are subject to shift-work.
  • The job of a police officer is unpredictable.
  • He or she may be required to engage in extremely stressful and strenuous activities at a moment’s notice.
  • While many of the activities listed above will not occur on a regular basis, an officer must be prepared to undertake them at any given time.
  • An officer must not suffer any physical or mental condition that could impair his or her ability to perform required duties and responsibilities of the position or that would compromise his or her safety or endanger another.
  • Police officers may be exposed to loud noises as a result of the use of firearms or other circumstances where excessive noise may exist. They must have good hearing and not suffer a deficit not correctable that may compromise their safety or that of another.
  • Police personnel must have good vision. They must not suffer any visual deficit not correctable that could interfere with their ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position or jeopardize their safety or that of another.

Minimum Fitness Standards for Police Personnel
  • Physical Requirements: There are minimum standards established by the State for a police officer. These standards are reasonable basic fitness measures for determining an officer’s ability to engage in regular police activities.
  • There are four standards:

— Sit and Reach —

Gender Age 21-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50 & Above

Male 16.0 15.0 13.8 12.8Female 18.8 17.8 16.8 16.3

- Bench Press -

Gender Age 21-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50 & Above

Male 98% 87% 79% 70%Female 58% 52% 49% 43%

- Sit-ups -

Gender Age 21-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50 & Above

Male 37 34 28 23Female 31 24 19 13

- 1.5 Mile Run -

Gender Age 21-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50 & Above

Male 13:46 14:31 15:24 16:21Female 16:21 16:52 17:53 18:44

EEO Statement:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

Is Background Check Required:


Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at [email protected].

Clery Act Information:

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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