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Alton Police Department
1700 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002
(618) 463-3505

Military experience is well regarded by the Alton Police Department.  We are proud that many service men and women live and work at nearby Scott Air Force Base.  We welcome all who have military experience to consider a career with the Alton Police Department when you leave your military service.

Familiarity with firearms, mental toughness, physical conditioning, discipline and an understanding of command structure and culture are all benefits that you have mastered and we welcome those skills.

Consider applying your expertise by joining our family.

Requirements-Entry Level Police Officer

  • Age 21 not yet 35 (Veterans over age 35 should refer to state statute 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6)
  • Associate's Degree and/or 62 College Credits Required
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Residency - must reside within area of residency map within 90 days after 1 year probationary period
  • Applicants must pass a physical agility examination (POWER Test) as well as a general aptitude written examination.
  • Oral examination by the Civil Service Commission is required.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a thorough background check, psychological examination, and physical examination.

In order to be eligible to take the general aptitude written examination, the entry level police officer applicant must first submit a complete application and proof of passing the physical agility examination (POWER Test). Once the complete application and proof of POWER Test completion are submitted, the applicant is eligible to take the general aptitude written examination. Entry level police officer applicants are then placed on a hiring list based on the score of their general aptitude written examination and any qualifying military/preference points.

The Alton Police Department currently relies upon the Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) POWER Test program for police officer applicants looking to obtain the necessary proof of completion for the POWER Test.

Click here for information on POWER Test requirements, registration, testing locations, testing dates, etc.

Click here to view the Strength & Fitness Examination (POWER TEST) requirements for Entry Level Police Officer Applicants

Click here for further information about the requirements to be a police officer, job description, application, and testing.

Alton Police Department

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1700 E. Broadway
Alton, IL 62002
618.463.3505

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City of Alton Illinois - 1837

101 E. Third St
Alton, IL 62002
618.463.3500

Alton Fire Department

Alton Fire Department

333 E 20th
Alton, IL 62002
618.463.3565

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