Lateral Entry Training Program

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is instituting a Lateral Entry Training Program that provides an opportunity for certified police officers to become Illinois State Troopers through participation in an accelerated training program. 

Lateral Entry Program: 

  • Eligible for certified police officers to become Illinois State Troopers through an accelerated training program.
  • 14-week training program, with no more than five (5) weeks on-site at the ISP Academy with a maximum of three (3) weeks consecutively.
  • Cadets will not have to relocate upon graduation and District assignment.
 
Lateral Entry Program Eligibility
 
1.  Must be a current certified police officer, having graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy. 
  • Illinois Department of Corrections experience does not apply towards Lateral Entry eligibility. However, it will apply towards retirement.
2.  Must have at least two years of experience while employed as a full-time sworn police officer.
  • Applicants who do not have 2 years experience at the time of the application may still be considered if they will have completed 2 years by the time the next Lateral Entry class begins.
3.  Must be able to provide proof of successful completion of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  (NHTSA)/International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved DWI/DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing training program prior to starting a Lateral Entry class.
 
4.  Must also meet all pre-employment requirements and standards established by the ISP Merit Board and successfully complete the application process.
 
NOTE: Lateral Entry Cadets will receive Trooper 1 pay while in the Academy ($5,390/month, $5,603 as of 7/1/2022).

 

Merit Board Minimum Requirements

To be eligible for the Lateral Program, applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of application submission: 

  1. Applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. 
    • An applicant twenty (20) years of age may apply if they have successfully completed an associate’s degree or 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university.
  2. Applicant cannot have been convicted of a felony.
  3. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  4. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of completing the application.
  5. Applicant must be willing to accept an assignment anywhere in the State.
  6. Applicant must have completed, with a C average or better, one of the following education requirements:
    • Associate's degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university
    • No education needed if applicant meets one of the following:
      • Honorably discharged AND has been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals by the United States Armed Forces. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.
      • An active member of the Illinois National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces AND have been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals as a result of honorable service during deployment on active duty. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.
      • Honorably discharged AND served in a combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay during deployment on active duty. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.
      • Have at least 3 years of full active and continuous military duty and received an honorable discharge before hiring. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.
  7. Must be a current certified police officer, having graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy. 
  8. Must have at least two years of experience while employed as a full-time sworn police officer. 
  9. Must be able to provide proof of successful completion of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)/International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved DWI/DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing training program prior to starting a Lateral Entry class.

Questions? Contact a Recruiter:

 

Illinois State Police Recruitment Section

Acting Master Sergeant December Melville
Interim Recruitment Section Manager
(309) 264-0494
 
Sergeant Tracy Lillard
Recruitment Section Social Media Liaison
(217) 720-2963
 
Sergeant Aldo Schumann
Northern Recruitment & Internship Coordinator
(312) 894-1592
 
Trooper Omoayena Williams
Central Recruitment & Internship Coordinator
(312) 208-6066
 
Sergeant Calvin Dye
Southern Recruitment & Internship Coordinator
(217) 685-4752
 
Trooper Josh Williams
Northern Recruitment Specialist

 

 
 

List of Accredited Law Enforcement Academies.pdf


 
 

Do I qualify for the Lateral Program? 

I am a current certified police officer, having graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy.
You have 1 Selected options left.

Based on your answers, you do not meet the requirements for the Lateral Program.  

I have at least two years of experience while employed as a full-time sworn police officer.
You have 1 Selected options left.

Based on your answers, you do not meet the requirements for the Lateral Program.  

I have successfully completed the NHTSA/IACP approved DWI/DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing program.
You have 1 Selected options left.

Based on your answers, you do not meet the requirements for the Lateral Program.  

I meet all pre-employment requirements and standards established by the ISP Merit Board.
You have 1 Selected options left.

Based on your answers, you meet the Lateral Program requirements.  To submit an application, click the link below. 

Based on your answers, you do not meet the requirements for the Lateral Program.  

Please wait...

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

 

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

 

BEGIN APPLICATION 

 

Note: this application is for Lateral and Non-Lateral applicants.