Career Opportunities


  • Be 21 years of age
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be able to obtain a Illinois Drivers License
  • Must have a minimum of 60 semester hours from an accredited college
  • Or be I.T.S.B. certified and have 2 years of continuous Law Enforcement experience as a commissioned officer, (Full time law enforcement experience may be substituted for college at a rate of 1 to 1)
  • Be in excellent health with no conditions which would restrict your ability to perform police work
  • Be able to meet standards of the Peace Officers Wellness Evaluation Report for entrance into any of the Illinois certified police academies, as required by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
  • Upon appointment establish residency within one hour drive (approximately 35 mile circumference of East Saint Louis), within 30 days of employment. Residency does not extend out of the State of Illinois

Additional Requirements

  • Your body weight must be proportional to your height
  • Visual acuity must be uncorrected within reasonable limits and correctable to 20/20
  • You must not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of Nolo Contendre to any Federal or State laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substance
  • Persons with any military experience with any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States must have a Honorable Discharge

Background Investigation

Officers of the East Saint Louis Police Department will conduct a complete and thorough investigation of your background to determine your suitability for employment as a Police Officer. The following occurrence in your background could result in rejection of your application:

  • Abuse of alcohol
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Felony Conviction
  • Numerous debts which are not regularly being paid
  • Poor driving record
  • Poor work record
  • Use of drugs or conviction of a drug related violation


Training will be performed at one of the Illinois Certified Police Academies. Upon graduation from the Academy the new police officer will be assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division for a probationary period of twelve months. During the probationary period the new officer will work under the direct guidance of an experienced Field Training Officer for 14 weeks.

Advancement Opportunities

The field for advancement opportunities is open to all members from Officer to Chief. Your future success and promotion potential rests solely in your hands. The Department developed a Personnel Evaluation System whereby a Supervisory Officer evaluates each Officer periodically.

How to Apply

Applications and / or information may be obtained at the Personnel Department for the City of East St. Louis. Applications (DOC) can also be downloaded. Upon submitting an application, you will be required to pass the following:

  • Oral Interview
  • Physical agility test


  • Physical examination
  • Psychological examination
  • Thorough background check
  • Written examination
  • East Saint Louis Pension Plan
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Military Leave
  • Overtime Pay
  • Paid Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave

Additional Information

The City of East St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If interested in a career with the East Saint Louis Police Department, please contact:

East Saint Louis Police Department
301 River Park Drive
East St. Louis, IL 62201
Phone: 618-482-6760