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Immediate Openings for Experienced Police Officers

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Don’t have any law enforcement experience?
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Transfer Program

Are you an officer in a different department?
Transfer to Centralia PD! Apply Now!


Are you a military veteran who is interested in law enforcement? You are just what we are looking for. Apply Now!

The Mission of the Centralia Police Department is to work in partnership with our community to preserve safety, maintain human rights, protect property and improve the quality of life by providing excellent police service to all in a fair, sensitive and professional manner.”
“The Centralia Police Department has embarked on historic changes which will transform our policing methods and outreach to the community. This agency is dedicated to supporting our officers, proactively enforcing the law and building strong partnerships with our community. We welcome you to challenge yourself, join our team and make a difference.

– Chief Locke

Currently accepting applications for officers with no experience!

2024 Testing Date

June 8, 2024

Accepting Lateral Hires NOW


  • Internet Crimes Against Children
  • Investigations Unit
  • Child Death Task Force
  • Firearm Instructor
  • ILEAS Members
  • Bicycle Unit
  • ILEAS Mobile Field Force
  • High Risk Entry Team
  • K9 Officer
  • Field Training Officers
  • School Resource Officer
  • Federal Gang/Crime Task Force
  • Juvenile/Housing Officer

Why Us?

We are the right size, the right fit and the right place to start a career or make the right move up the ladder. We have 26 commissioned police officers & 8 civilian support staff.

New police recruits receive 560 hours of basic law enforcement training mandated by the State of Illinois followed by a department 12-week field training program.

  • Competitive salary and benefit package
  • Officers have various opportunities to earn overtime and special assignment pay
  • 50 mile residency requirement
  • Medical insurance is provided for officers at approximately $65.00 per month cost plus pension.
  • 12 Paid Holidays per year
  • Competitive promotional examinations are offered every 3 years by the Board of Police & Fire Commissioners for the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant.
  • There is opportunity to become part of Special Task Force Teams including safe streets, investigations, narcotics, K9 & SWAT.

What You Need.

To participate in the entry level selection process for the position of police officer, a candidate must possess the requirements of the Illinois Statutes and the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or an alien admitted for permanent residency or authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 35.
  • High School Diploma
  • Individuals who are currently certified as police officers with a municipal, county, state or federal agency and have a minimum of two years experience can apply that experience in lieu of the college degree/credit requirement.
  • Possess or able to obtain a valid Illinois drivers license
  • Able to meet the requirements of Centralia Police Officer job description.



  • Candidates who are over 35 years of age, and have any amount of full time law enforcement experience with a municipality in any state, are eligible.
  • Candidates who have Illinois Sheriff Deputy and/or State of Illinois Police patrol experience are eligible up to the age of 40
  • Candidates who are 20 years of age and have successfully completed 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university, are eligible.
  • A military veteran shall be allowed to exceed age 35 by the number of years served in active military duty, up to 10 years.

The Process.

TESTING: Each applicant must pass a series of exams. Testing includes entry level testing process, mandatory orientation, application form, physical agility test, and written examination. The written examination scores of qualified candidates are forwarded to the Centralia Board of Police & Fire Commissioners.

Officers with 2 years of experience may apply and participate in our accelerated entry process.  Experienced officers transferring to CPD are not required to take the entry level test or the physical agility test.  Orientation for experienced officers is optional.

Further participation in the selection process will take place as vacancies occur. Candidates will be invited, in rank order to participate in and successfully advance through the following steps:

  • Background investigation including personal, financial, business, employment references, and criminal history
  • Polygraph examination
  • Oral interview with the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners
  • Conditional offer of employment; conditional on the successful passage of:
    1. psychologial evaluation
    2. medical examination
    3. urinalysis drug screen

Following appointment, a new police officer is required to satisfy certain other requirements during the first 18 months of employment including attending the Police Academy.

Call Lt. Steve Whritenour today to find out when our next test is taking place. 618.533.7607

Discover The Centralia Police Department Difference.

Salary & Benefits


includes holiday pay

Lateral Entry Officer

Hiring Bonus: $2,500
2-4 Years Experience Starting Salary: $62,402
4+ Years Experience Starting Salary: $65,523

New Officer

Starting Salary: $58,489.48
After 1 Year: $65,316*

*includes pay raise for 2025

**additional increases based on educational level



  • Employee’s Choice of 3 Different Health Plans


  • 1-5 yrs: 8 hrs a month
  • 6-10 yrs: 10 hrs a month
  • 11-15 yrs: 12 hrs a month
  • 16-20 yrs: 14 hrs a month
  • 21-25 yrs: 16 hrs a month
  • 25+ yrs: 18 hrs a month


  • $10,000 Term Life Provided


  • 20 Years of Service – Age 50 = 50% Salary
  • 30 Years of Service = 75% of Salary
  • Tier 2 – Age 55 & 20 Years of Service = 50% Salary

Please Note: Sworn Officers DO NOT contribute to the Social Security Program


  • 8 hrs a month


  • Up to 80 hours


  • Provide upon Hire
  • $800/year maintenance allowance


  • 12 Paid Holidays/year


  • 12 Hour Shifts
  • Every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday off


  • 4 Per Year

Lt. Steve Whritenour


Call Lt. Steve Whritenour today!



Centralia Police Department | 222 S. Poplar St. | Centralia, IL 62801
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