New Police Officer Hires

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

 Rockford Police Seeking Applicants for Police Officer Positions

The Rockford Police Department began accepting applications today for the position of police officer. The department is seeking qualified individuals who will be committed to providing high-quality police service as a member of our accredited police agency.

The department currently has 11 police officer position openings, in part due to a Community Oriented Policing grant made available by the United States Department of Justice C.O.P.S. office. This funding will allow the department to continue its focus on Community Policing initiatives.

The Rockford Police Department offers a competitive wage and benefits package which includes a starting salary of $45,631 with health and dental insurance and pension plan.

An initial application can be accessed at www.JoinTheHeroes.com, along with testing process information.  Applications will be accepted through March 9, 2012, at 5 p.m.

Qualifications for the Position of Police Officer Include:

·         Applicants must be 21-34 years of age upon appointment.  Exceptions apply for U.S. veterans and those with prior police experience.

·         Applicants must have a valid Illinois drivers license.·         Vision must be correctable to 20/20 in each eye.

·         Employees must live in Winnebago County or within fifteen (15) miles of the Public Safety Building within six (6) months of the conclusion of their probationary period.  The probationary period is eighteen (18) months unless extended by the Board for performance reasons.   

·         No convictions of felony charges are allowed. Some misdemeanor convictions can also be disqualifying events. A complete list can be found at www.JoinTheHeroes.com.

·         A high school diploma (or its equivalent) is required.

Applicants will be required to submit to a rigorous testing process which includes a written examination, physical agility examination, a polygraph examination, which includes a written survey, a psychological examination and an oral interview. An eligibility list will be established based on examination scores.

Questions may be referred to Deputy Chief Michael Booker of the Administrative Services Bureau at (815)987-5839.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Starting today, Rockford Police are accepting applications for new officers. The money for the new hires comes from a federal grant.

The number of police on the street will be back to normal by October after at least eleven new officers are sworn in. The recruitment process starts today and will end March 9. Each new officer will make 45 thousand dollars a year. The goal is to have 285 full-time Rockford Police Officers. It’s a faster recruitment process than usual...and everyone should be sworn in by Sept. 10.

Illinois State Police also recently seven hired new officers who graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy last week. They are all stationed in Pecatonica.


Illinois State Police District 16 Commander, Lieutenant Jeff Bain has announced the addition of seven new troopers to District 16. Trooper Ashley Banse, Trooper Juan Barrios, Trooper Patrick Beckman, Trooper Joshua Kiefer, Trooper Nicholas Lakis, Trooper Michael Merritt and Trooper Mark Vaughn were assigned to District 16 in Pecatonica, after graduating from Illinois State Police Academy. Cadet Class #119 graduated February 10, 2012.

Trooper Ashley Banse is a graduate of Illinois State University. Banse graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2008. Trooper Banse, originally from Sauk Village, Illinois, now resides in Stephenson County.

Trooper Juan Barrios is a 2011 graduate of Governor’s State University. Barrios graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Trooper Barrios, a United States Navy veteran from Burbank, Illinois, now resides in Boone County.

Trooper Patrick Beckman is a 2009 graduate of Marquette University. Beckman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs. Trooper Beckman, a United States Marine Corps. veteran from Freeport, Illinois resides in Stephenson County.

Trooper Joshua Kiefer is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Kiefer graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2004. Trooper Kiefer, a former Illinois Department of Corrections employee, originally from Grayville, Illinois, now resides in Jo Daviess County.

Trooper Nicholas Lakis is a graduate of Northeastern University. Lakis graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Trooper Lakis, originally from Elmwood Park, Illinois, now resides in Boone County.

Trooper Michael Merritt is a 2009 graduate of Edison State College, Fort Meyers, Florida. Merritt earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Trooper Merritt, a 13-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol, originally from Springfield, Illinois, now resides in Jo Daviess County.

Trooper Mark Vaughn is a 2006 graduate of Rockford College. Trooper Vaughn obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and is originally from Rockford, Illinois. Vaughn resides in Winnebago County.

“All the troopers began the field training phase of their training this morning,” stated Lt Bain. “I’m confident they will all do excellent and am honored they chose to join the ranks of the Illinois State Police.”


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