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152 South Kellogg St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
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Phone: (309) 345-3733

PATROL OFFICER - Now Accepting Applications



Knox County Patrol Deputies    


***Initial Hire Patrol Testing***
The Knox County Sheriff's Department has announced dates for Initial Hire testing.

Mandatory Orientation
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 @ 7pm
Knox County Courthouse
200 S. Cherry St, Galesburg, IL 61401

Anyone who cannot make it to the Orientation MUST receive permission to miss it PRIOR to the Orientation.  You must call Jim Nelson (309)337-6555 or Captain Dave Caslin (309)221-5061

All Applications must be turned in to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, 152 S. Kellogg St, Galesburg, IL, no later than 4pm on Friday December 29th, 2017.  We recommend that you download the application from the website and start working on it now.  Applications will NOT be accepted until after the Orientation.

Physical Agility & Written Examination
Saturday, January 13th, 2018 @ 8am
Knox College Fieldhouse
199 E Knox Street, Galesburg, IL

Click HERE for a map with instructions on where to park and enter the building. 


The Knox County Sheriff's Department Merit Commission is also accepting Lateral Transfers.  For a full list of the requirements for Lateral Transfers, see the Merit Rules.

Lateral Transfer Requirements

1. Must be currently a Full Time Certified in Either Law Enforcement from any state or Full Time Certified in Corrections in the State of Illinois.
2. Must have at least one (1) year of experience as a Full Time Certified Law Enforcement Officer or Correctional Officer, with their current Agency.

-The following minimum requirements are waived:

-Orientation Meeting
-Agility Test
-Written Test


Not Eligible for Lateral Transfer? Sign up for email alerts or like us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on testing cycles and other events.


The Knox County Merit Commission has amended the Merit Rules regarding applicants who are Full-Time Law Enforcement Officers and Lateral Transfers. (08/22/17)

Full-Time Certified Law Enforcement Officers are now exempt from the physical agility portion of the test.

Lateral Transfer Applicants are now exempt from the physical agility AND the written exam.



The application can be found at the bottom of this posting.  It may be downloaded and/or printed from that link.


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 Officers 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.

Within the Patrol Division there are numerous specialized assignments that an officer may apply for or be assigned to:

Traffic Crash Reconstruction Specialist
TRIAD (Elderly Service Program)
Juvenile Officer
Truck Enforcement


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 which includes a written examination and oral board before the Knox County Merit Commission.

The Patrol Division is represented by two labor unions. Police Benevolent and Protection Association (PB&PA) represent the Patrol Officers and the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) represent the Sergeants and Lieutenant.  Any officer in the Patrol Division has the opportunity to become a member of the Police Benevolent and Protection Association (PB&PA) Fraternal Organization.  Patrol Officers participate in the SLEP Retirement Plan which is part of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Current Patrol Wage Matrix: 2016-2020 PB&PA Contract


The basic minimum requirements for individuals testing for the position of a Patrol Officer are:

1. Be a United States Citizen.
2. Be at least 21 years of age.
3. Possess a high school education or equivalent.
4. Be able to physically perform the duties of a Patrol Officer.
5. Submit to a medical examination.
6. Submit to drug testing.
7. Must have uncorrected 20/40 vision correctable to 20/20 and not be color blind.
8. Pass a written test, oral interview and background investigation.(Lateral Transfers Exempt from Written Test) 
9. Pass the Illinois Training and Standards Board P.O.W.E.R. Test.(Lateral Transfers Exempt) 
10. Reside within a 30 mile radius of the Knox County Law Enforcement Center within one year of appointment.

Qualified applicants will be placed on a hiring list established by the Knox County Merit Commission.



In addition to the Basic Minimum Requirements, applicants testing for a position as a Patrol Officer must meet one of the following criteria: Amended by the Commission August 22nd 2017.

1. Two years Associate Degree in law enforcement or criminal justice or related field.

2. At least 60 credit hours at a four year institution in the same field.

3. At least 30 credit hours of college level course work in law enforcement, criminal justice or related field and 2080 hours of law enforcement work within the last three years.

4. Employed as a certified full time law enforcement officer in the within the last two years.

5. Two years in the military within the last five years with an honorable discharge and/or presently serving.

6. Certified as a part-time law enforcement officer with at least 4160 hours of experience within the last four years.

7. At least two years employment as a Knox County Correctional Officer and at least fifteen hours of successfully completed college level course work.

8. A certified full time law enforcement officer, in any state, with 1 year of experience, with their current agency. (Lateral Transfer)

All applicants should familiarize themselves with the Knox County Sheriff's Department's Pre-Employment Drug Use Policy


Non-certified hirees will be required to attend and successfully complete 440 hours of Basic Law Enforcement Training at a certified academy or the 80 hour full-time transition course if already a certified part-time officer.

A complete listing of all the requirements, qualifications, testing and promotional procedures can be found in the Knox County Merit Rules.

Sign up for email alerts to be notified of upcoming testing.  An Application Packet will be made available for download from this page when the testing is announced.

Any other questions regarding the Knox County Sheriff's Department's Hiring Procedures should be directed to:

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

Merit Rules



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