ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — If you’ve ever wanted to become a Rockford Police Officer, now’s your chance.
The department announced Monday that it is accepting applications for entry level and experienced police officers, with a starting salary of $53,867 for entry level and $58,116 for transfers.
“I wanted to be a police officer since I was 5-years-old, and I still have that job, I’m still here, and our job is to go out and find people. If I would sit here and tell you it’s not harder right now, it is, it’s hard all across the nation,” said Recruiting Officer Katy Statler.
That’s the kind of passion RPD hopes others have while filling out an application.
“We are one of the best departments in the state of Illinois to work for, for a whole gamut of reasons why,” said Statler. “I hope and pray that they come with a goal and aspirations that the rest of us here have, and we just want it to be a better place.”
Two written tests and the department’s “power test” is part of the process.
“The last few years that’s been a struggle for us, people are not coming prepared for the power test.”
Officer Statler suggests picking up some weights and testing out your core strength. But beyond fitness, there are a few other qualities the department is looking for in their new recruits.
“To us integrity. Everybody knows across the world right now integrity is everything that an officer has to stand on,” said Statler.
“We have to be able to go and try to diffuse a situation, and sometimes it involves somebody going to jail and sometimes they just need somebody to listen to them and talk it out and then they’re good, so you have to have that.,” she said. “As a police officer you have to write a lot of police reports. We give you the training with it, but if you don’t have a little bit of that knowledge coming in it’s really hard.”
As the department continues to grow relationships with the community, they want Rockford’s makeup to be reflected within the department.
“We’ve got to make sure that our department is a great diversity. Anybody that’s bilingual, it doesn’t just have to be Spanish. If you know the City of Rockford we have different pockets throughout the city of amazing people across the world.”
Those seeking a career in law enforcement must successfully complete a multi-step process. Applications are available online at rpdwantsyou.com and must be completed online by Monday, May 31, 2021. The Human Resources Office at City Hall, 425 E. State Street, has computers available to apply online.