CLASSES MAY POTENTIALLY INCLUDE LATERAL CANDIDATES AND NON-LATERAL CANDIDATES.
Visit the Cadet Applicant Process page for more information.
Anyone, 6 months of age and older, is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Find your nearest vaccination location at vaccines.gov.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Illinois State Police is now offering a Lateral Entry Training Program! In this new Lateral Entry Training Program, Cadets will NOT have to relocate upon graduation and District assignments. Cadets will still report to the Illinois State Police Academy for the first three weeks of the Cadet Class, receiving an introduction into Illinois State Police Cadet life. Cadets will then return home, where they will report to a regional location daily for continued instruction, returning to their residence at the end of the day. Cadets will return to the Academy during specific phases of their training, such as Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, however, they will not be required to attend the Academy for more than three weeks in a row (home for the weekends) and for no more than 5-6 weeks total throughout the entirety of the Cadet Class.
To be eligible for the Lateral Entry Training Program, an applicant must still meet the requirements for pre-employment as well as the Fast Track Program. Applicants will still be required to go through the entire Merit Board and Illinois State Police hiring process, however, we will streamline the Illinois State Police Academy training process.
If you have questions please contact ISP.Recruitment.Events@illinois.gov.
There is still time to apply for our October class but don’t wait, the application deadline is June 1!
All applicants may request a waiver of any application and/or testing fee by submitting the appropriate form as prescribed by the Board. Download the Fee Waiver Application Form here:
"Springfield, Illinois (October 19, 2021) – At its 4th Quarter Merit Board Meeting on October 19, 2021, the Illinois State Police Merit Board Members voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Emily E. Fox as the Executive Director of the Illinois State Police Merit Board, effective October 1, 2021."
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.
The Illinois State Police Merit Board will conduct its 2nd Quarter Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 10:00 AM. Guests may attend the meeting in person at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois, room 2-025.Read more
The 2021 Promotional Announcement has been posted. View the Announcement by selecting "2021 Promotional Process Information" under the Promotional Process tab.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more