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Administrative Office:
152 South Kellogg St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
M-F 7:30am - 4:30pm
Phone: (309) 345-3733

PATROL DEPUTY - Now Accepting Applications

Patrol Deputy


Employment Testing Date Announced
Application Closing Date for This Testing Cycle is:
June 1st, 2018 by 4:00pm @ the Knox County Sheriff’s Department  
152 S. Kellogg St, Galesburg, IL 61401

Applications are still being  accepted year round, but will be held until the next test date is announced if received after June 1st, 2018.

Physical Agility & Written Examination:
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 @ 8:00am,
Knox College Fieldhouse
199 E. Knox Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

Map for Parking @ Knox College



Applications are also available at the Knox County Sheriff's Department, 152 S. Kellogg St, Galesburg, IL 61401

The Knox County Sheriff's Department Merit Commission has amended the Merit Rules regarding Hiring Requirements, Applications, Examinations and Testing.

Changes Regarding Applications, Examinations & Testing

Changes Regarding Requirements & Lateral Transfers

Duties of a Patrol Deputy

In addition to patrolling the 720 square miles of Knox County, the Patrol Division is responsible for responding to calls for service in the unincorporated areas of the County and in the local towns and villages that do not have a 24-hour police force. Some of the more common calls for service the patrol division responds to are:

Domestic Disturbances, Traffic Crashes, Crimes Against Persons (battery, assault, etc.), Property Crimes (burglary, theft, damage, etc.), Neighborhood Problems & Assisting Motorists.

When not handling calls for service, Patrol Deputies are also responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal laws, DUI enforcement, drug interdiction, executing arrest warrants and serving civil process. The Patrol Division routinely assists local law enforcement officers and the State Police.

The Patrol Division has numerous specialized assignments that a Deputy may apply for or be assigned to:

Traffic Crash Reconstruction Specialist
TRIAD (Elderly Service Program)
Juvenile Officer
Truck Enforcement
Firearms Instructor
Training Officer
Search & Rescue Liaison 

The Patrol Division also offers room for advancement and promotion. The current rank structure consists of four (4) Sergeants (3 patrol and 1 investigator), a Lieutenant and Captain. Officers must first meet the criteria for promotion and then complete the testing process established by the Knox County Merit Commission.

Current Patrol Deputy Benefits:

  • Starting wage of $21.33/hour (2016–2020 Wage Matrix)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 30 Mile Residency
  • Take Home Vehicle
  • Opportunity for Paid Overtime or Compensatory Time
  • Paid Training
  • Paid Vacation, Holidays, Personal Days & Sick Time
  • Police Benevolent & Protection Association (PB&PA) Labor Union
  • PB&PA Unit #101 Fraternal Membership
  • SLEP/IMRF Retirement Program
  • Initial Issue of Uniforms, Body Armor & Duty Weapon
  • Yearly Uniform & Equipment Allowance

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For questions regarding employment or hiring procedures, contact:

Captain Dave Caslin
Knox County Sheriff's Department
152. S. Kellogg Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
(309) 345-3733

Additional Information:

P.O.W.E.R. Test
Knox County Merit Rules--2018 Full


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