Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get an application?
Interested applicants should fill out the recruiting and testing notification form and we will notify you when online applications are being accepted.

How do I get a POWER test card?
POWER test cards can be obtained from a vendor certified to administer the test. The three most commonly used locations to obtain a POWER test card is Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA), Joliet Junior College and Triton College. The Village of Glen Ellyn does not endorse any POWER test vendor. The POWER test requirements can be found on the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board website.

How long after passing the test can I expect a job offer?
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners establishes an eligibility list from those candidates who successfully passed the testing process. Hiring is done based upon the needs of the Village of Glen Ellyn and the number of available openings.

How old do I need to be to test with the Glen Ellyn Police Department?
Applicants can be 20 years old at time of application, but must be 21 years old by the date of hire.

Does the Glen Ellyn Police Department have a residency restriction?
No, officers do not have to live within the Village of Glen Ellyn.

Does the Glen Ellyn Police Department accept lateral transfers from other police departments?
Yes! Please see our page about the lateral officer process for more information. Click HERE

Do I get paid while attending the police academy?
Yes, newly hired officers are compensated at the current starting pay rate negotiated by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) as outlined in the current contract. 

What shifts do Glen Ellyn officers work?
Patrol officers work 12 hour shifts from 6am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am. Specialty positions have different hours that vary by assignment.

What police academy does the Village of Glen Ellyn use?
New officers completed their 14 week basic law enforcement training at the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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