The mission of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence and provide a fair and equitable merit process for the selection of Illinois State Trooper candidates and the promotion and discipline of Illinois State Police officers.


Cadet Class 132 

The deadline to apply and submit all required documents for Cadet Class 132 has been extended until January 31, 2020.

Candidates who successfully complete the Recruitment Examination
will be invited to participate in a mandatory Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT) at one of the two locations:
March 28, 2020 – Springfield, Illinois
March 29, 2020 – Glen Ellyn, Illinois



Recruitment Test Study Guide

For those who have received a letter from the Merit Board stating their application has been deemed acceptable and inviting them to take the Recruitment Test, an optional study guide is available for purchase at the link below.  This study guide is not required to participate in the Recruitment Test.

News and Announcements


On August 16, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed HB124 amending the Merit Board education requirement.  These changes are EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020.  Please check back at a later date for more information.

Public Notice

The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct a Special Merit Board Meeting on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 9:00 A.M. The meeting will be held at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois, room 9-031.

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  • Posted: October 31, 2019

Illinois State Police Fast Track Program

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is re-instituting the “Fast Track” Program that provides an opportunity for certified police officers to become Illinois State Troopers through participation in an accelerated training program. Click "Continue Reading" or "Fast Track" from the Recruitment menu for more information.

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  • Posted: June 8, 2019

2019 Promotional Test Declaration - Testing to Captain

The 2019 Captain Test Declaration Announcement has been posted. View the announcement by selecting "Promotion Test Declaration" under the Promotion menu.

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  • Posted: April 2, 2019

2019 Promotional Test Declaration - Testing to Lieutenant

The 2019 Lieutenant Test Declaration Announcement has been posted. View the announcement by selecting "Promotion Test Declaration" under the Promotion menu.

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  • Posted: April 2, 2019

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Online Application Status

Now Accepting Online Applications

We are now accepting online applications for the position of Illinois State Police trooper.

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Since its inception, the Illinois State Police has fostered and served with a reputation for integrity, service and pride. Illinois State Police functions include protecting life and property, enforcing both criminal laws and motor vehicle safety laws, responding to emergencies and disasters and providing a myriad of diverse specialized services to both the public and the criminal justice community. Learn more about how you can be a part of our team.

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The Merit Board certifies sworn officer candidates as being qualified for promotion to the Director of the Illinois State Police. Certification for promotion is based on job performance measurement, written examination, assessment exercises (for appropriate ranks) and seniority. All vacancies in ranks above the lowest are to be filled by promotion.

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