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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE 
TROOPER APPLICATION PROCESS
 
The Illinois State Police Merit Board is conducting testing for a Traditional Cadet Class, and a Chicago Lateral Cadet Class. 

Tentative start date: October 2023. 

 

Deadline to complete the online Pre-Employment Application Form:

March 1, 2023. 

 

Visit the Cadet Applicant page for details.

Anyone, 6 months of age and older, is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Find your nearest vaccination location at vaccines.gov.



 
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CHICAGO LATERAL CLASS

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:  We are currently accepting applications for the Chicago Lateral Class.  The Illinois State Police (ISP) Chicago Lateral Class Program provides an opportuity for certified police officers to become Illinois State Troopers through participation in an accelerated training program. The class will train primarily in the Chicagoland area for the 11-week program, with cadets returning to their  residence daily.  Cadets will still be required to spend the first 3 weeks and last two weeks of training at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield.  Upon graduation, Troopers will be assigned to Troop 3, the Chicagoland area and covering the 10 counties outlined  below, and will be required to reside in one of these counties. 

The 10 counties of Troop 3 are: Lake, McHenry, Boone, DeKalb, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Grundy, and Will.  

To be eligible for the Chicago Lateral Class, an applicant must still meet the requirements for pre-employment as well as the Lateral Entry requirements.  Applicants will still be required to go through the entire Merit Board and Illinois State Police hiring process, however, we will streamline the Illinois State Police Academy training process.

If you have questions please contact ISP.Recruitment.Events@illinois.gov


 
APPLICATION FEE WAIVER PROGRAM
 

All applicants may request a waiver of any application and/or testing fee by submitting the appropriate form as prescribed by the Board.  Download the Fee Waiver Application Form here:

FEE WAIVER APPLICATION


 
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MERIT BOARD PRESS RELEASE
 
"Springfield, Illinois (October 19, 2021) – At its 4th Quarter Merit Board Meeting on October 19, 2021, the Illinois State Police Merit Board Members voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Emily E. Fox as the Executive Director of the Illinois State Police Merit Board, effective October 1, 2021."

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CADET APPLICANT PROCESS

Illinois State Trooper Applicant Process

PROMOTIONAL PROCESS

Illinois State Police Sworn Promotional Process 

MERIT BOARD MEETINGS

Illinois State Police Merit Board Meeting Information

RECRUITMENT TEST STUDY GUIDE

For those who have received a letter from the Merit Board stating their application has been deemed acceptable and inviting them to take the Recruitment Test, an optional study guide is available for purchase at the link below.  This study guide is not required to participate in the Recruitment Test.

http://recruitment.iosolutions.com/Preparation-Materials/LST/

Latest News

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Public Notice

January 13, 2023

The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct its 1st Quarter Board Meeting of 2023 on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 10:30 AM.  The meeting will be held at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois, room 16-503.

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2021 Promotional Process Announcement

January 20, 2021

The 2021 Promotional Announcement has been posted. View the Announcement by selecting "2021 Promotional Process Information" under the Promotional Process tab.

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Public Notice – April 21, 2020, 2nd Quarter Board Meeting Postponed

January 20, 2021

On March 15, Governor Pritzker took aggressive action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by issuing Executive Order 2020-07, declaring it is necessary and appropriate for the State of Illinois to immediately take measures to protect the public’s health in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and encouraging public bodies to postpone consideration of public business where possible. On April 1, Governor Pritzker continued and extended Executive Order 2020-07 through April 30, 2020.

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Illinois State Police Fast Track Program

January 20, 2021

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is re-instituting the “Fast Track” Program that provides an opportunity for certified police officers to become Illinois State Troopers through participation in an accelerated training program. Click "Continue Reading" or "Fast Track" from the Recruitment menu for more information.

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