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.

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The Illinois State Police Merit Board is not accepting applications at this time due to administrative changes in the application process and COVID-19 related testing center closures.  If you have already applied you will be contacted at a later date to continue the application process.
If you would like to be notified when the Illinois State Police Trooper Application Process is available, please complete the Application Notification Form.


Although in-person recruitment activities are suspended due to COVID-19, the Illinois State Police Recruitment Section is interested in engaging with potential applicants and answering any job related questions while adhering to the stay-at-home order. Please use the contact information provided below to speak with an Illinois State Police Recruiter.

Acting Master Sergeant Aldo Schumann
Interim Recruitment Section Manager
(847) 894-1592
Sergeant December Melville
Central Recruitment Coordinator
(815) 844-1550 ext. 2243 
Sergeant Calvin Dye
Southern Recruitment Coordinator
(217) 685-4752


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

Public Notice

The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct the 3rd Quarter Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 13, at 9:00 AM.

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  • Posted: April 8, 2021

2021 Promotional Process Announcement

The 2021 Promotional Announcement has been posted. View the Announcement by selecting "2021 Promotional Process Information" under the Promotional Process tab.

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  • Posted: November 17, 2020

Public Notice – April 21, 2020, 2nd Quarter Board Meeting Postponed

On March 15, Governor Pritzker took aggressive action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by issuing Executive Order 2020-07, declaring it is necessary and appropriate for the State of Illinois to immediately take measures to protect the public’s health in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and encouraging public bodies to postpone consideration of public business where possible. On April 1, Governor Pritzker continued and extended Executive Order 2020-07 through April 30, 2020.

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  • Posted: April 13, 2020

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

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Online Application Status

Not Accepting Online Applications

The Illinois State Police Merit Board is not accepting applications at this time. Please check at a later date for more information.

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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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