Lateral Recruitment

Minimum QualificationsState 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 one (1) year of experience as a full time sworn, certified law enforcement officer with an Illinois law enforcement agency, within the  last two (2) years; 
  • 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
  • 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 ProcessA completed application must first be submitted to the Buffalo Grove Police Department through the Village's job application portal.

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

*Post-offer examinations including but are not limited to: psychological evaluation; medical examination; vision testing; and drug screening.

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.