Officers can now take the fast track to becoming an Illinois State Trooper

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Illinois wants able men and women to consider a job as a state trooper. If you think you have what it takes the state is starting a fast-track program that will put you on the right path.

"If you ask anyone if this would have been available to them. I would almost guarantee many people would have taken that opportunity," said Illinois State Police Central Region Public Information Officer Mindy Carroll.

Carroll spent six months in training before becoming a state trooper that is twice as long as it will take officers who go through the fast track cadet class.

"They are developing a curriculum that will show that they still surpass everything that is required of the current traditional program but perhaps they've done it in the past," Carroll said.

All applicants must be certified and a graduate of an accredited law enforcement academy, plus have two years of experience as a full-time police officer.

"It's such a big department that it has so much opportunity and it allows folks that wouldn't have those opportunities in small municipalities," Carroll said.

But the state police aren't the only ones looking for candidates. The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office needs correctional officers and tests, several applicants, each month.

"They start working in corrections and they work there for a number of years then they get a chance to be deputies and then they work their way through. I did those 25 years ago," said Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Don Gasparini.

The Rockford Police Department keeps an eligibility list right now there are about 36 people on it.

"Currently right now its 302 sworn officers and we currently have 10 opens. We are expecting some more retirements this year so I am hoping we can do up to 14 by September," said Rockford Police Department Recruiter Katy Statler.

There are lots of options for anyone looking to go into law enforcement and if you do end up not qualifying for the fast track program you could still be in the running for the full 26 week cadet class.