Entry-Level Police Officer

Parkland College

Parkland College

Champaign, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

Entry-Level Police Officer

For priority consideration for the current experienced level vacancies, please submit your application and cover letter by September 1st, 2023.

Annual Salary: $48,953.35 

The department's Police Officers provide campus-wide protection for all college patrons, property and basic emergency medical care. All Officers must maintain an Illinois First Responder license. The Police Officers will patrol the campus, complete written reports and take necessary law enforcement action to maintain order pursuant to State law and college policies. This position is a full-time, 12-month, Police Safety Officers Association appointment. 

Questions: Please contact Sgt. Somphon "Sam" Penland at 217/351-2369.

All applicants will provide

  • An online Parkland College employment application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Essential Job Functions

  • Maintaining order on-campus pursuant to College policies, state, and federal law.
  • Providing facility and patron security.
  • Performing parking and traffic enforcement and routine patrol.
  • Conducting investigations.
  • Providing emergency care.
  • Performing forcible arrests as necessary.
  • Documenting incidents.
  • Maintaining a good rapport with college faculty, staff, and patrons.
  • Maintaining appropriate records.
  • Providing assistance upon request.
  • Testifying in a court of law.
  • Wearing and maintaining appropriate uniform.
  • Maintaining current certifications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver's license with safe driving record.
  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Must be a US citizen. 
  • No felony convictions; must pass thorough background check with fingerprinting.
  • Must complete on-the-job field training officer program.
  • Pass required written exam provided by the National Testing Network, Inc. (NTN), oral interview, psychological evaluation, physical fitness test and medical exam. The psychological evaluation, physical fitness test and medical exam will take place after a conditional job offer has been accepted. Information regarding NTN testing below. 

National Testing Network Testing Information

The Parkland College Police Department offers testing services for the position of police officer through National Testing Network, Inc. To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to National Testing Network, select Law Enforcement and sign up for the Parkland College Department. Upon completion of the entry level exam, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to Parkland College Police Department. Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry level exam will be placed on the department's eligibility list.

*Please note: you must first submit an online application via Parkland's employment opportunities website.
What to expect at the National Testing Network website:

  • Completion of the application process.
  • Detailed information about the testing process.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at Front Line Test.  
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment. 

Parkland College participates in the NTN testing fee waiver program. For information on getting your testing fee waived, email Ofc. Penland.

Robust benefits, including medical insurance with no monthly premiums, dental, life, disability, retirement plans, flexible spending, dependent care, EAP, generous paid time off, and tuition waiver. 


Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through https://www.parkland.edu/careers will not be considered.

Please monitor your email, including spam or junk mail folders, for future correspondence from Parkland College Human Resources.
For further information application process, please contact at 217-351-2220.

Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted by contacting Human Resources at 217-351-2220 or by emailing hr@parkland.edu.

Equal Opportunity Employer