Lateral Recruitment

Minimum Qualifications

State of Illinois Certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.  Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer does not meet this requirement.

Be a U.S. citizen;
Individuals must be at least 21 years old;
Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent;
At least 2 years of experience as a full time sworn, certified law enforcement officer with an Illinois law enforcement agency, within the last 3 years; 
Candidates with less than 2 years of experience may be considered if the candidate has completed 60 hours of college credit or has 2 years of active duty military experience, in addition to full time sworn certified law enforcement experience;
Possess a valid driver’s license;
Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and have the ability to pass all examination and training requirements;
Valid FOID card
Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and have the ability to pass all examination and training requirements
Ability to furnish, upon request, a copy of the following: professional licenses; training certificates; documents confirming work experience, employee evaluations; and any other employment related material as requested or required. 
There is no residency requirement. 

Hiring Process

A completed application must be submitted to the Buffalo Grove Police Department during the open application period, which generally takes place once a year.  Each phase of the process is pass/fail and is required to proceed to the next step:

Pre-screening application review by Police Department Command Staff
Interview with the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
Character/background investigation and credit check
Polygraph examination

In the event that pre-screening identifies applicants who have certain knowledge, skills and abilities that make those applicants more desirable for the position sought to be filled, the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners and Police Department Command Staff may interview only those applicants for consideration. Placement on the lateral entry eligibility list shall be based upon the relative excellence of applicants and a minimum passing oral interview score.