Posted: Jan 15, 2024

Police Officer

Rockford Park District - Rockford, IL
Salary: $29.48 Hourly
Application Deadline: Feb 29, 2024
Title Police Officer
Department Police
Status Full Time
Office Location Webbs Norman Center
Reports To Sergeants
Grade Level Starting Wage: $29.48
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Position Description To ensure that all patrons feel safe to utilize and enjoy any and all parks and park district related activities.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned

Operational Excellence

  • Follows standard operating procedures, looks for law /ordinance violations in parks while maintaining park safety.    
  • Ensures appropriate communications with victims, offenders, citizens, community groups, 911 center, states attorney, and other law enforcement officers.
  • Responds to internal and external calls that do not require law enforcement response.
  • Responds to emergency calls while operating emergency lights and siren in a controlled manner.
  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency requests from other law enforcement agencies / officers.    
  • Responds to intrusion, hold-up, and fire alarms and performs building checks, then resets non valid alarms.
  • Picks up and secures, transports, and deposits United States Currency from park district facilities to the bank.
  • Provides police presence for safety and security at park district events and functions.
  • Performs criminal and non-criminal investigations against persons and property.    
  • Performs undercover activities as directed. 
  • Provides general and pertinent information to citizens request and district employees.


  • Enforces all local traffic ordinances and traffic laws from the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Enforces all local, state, and federal laws and ordinances as necessary.
  • Oversees the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrian traffic when required.
  • Attends court proceedings and represents the Rockford Park District Police Department as required.


  • Performs daily inspection of all assigned equipment and vehicles.
  • Visually inspects park district property to ensure that it is safe and secure.
  • Checks the interior and exterior of buildings to ensure that they are secure.


  • Completes Police Reports, traffic citations, and other paperwork as required
  • Candidates must be at least 21-years-old
  • Candidates must be under the age of 40, unless they have prior Illinois Law Enforcement Experience per Illinois Statutes
  • Candidates must be United States citizens and live within 50 miles of Rockford.

High School Diploma with 2-3 years of other schooling preferably in Law Enforcement and Political Science and less than one year of related work experience.


Critical Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Professional knowledge of state, federal, and ordinance laws
  • Practical knowledge of computers and in-car computers
  • Professional knowledge from Police Training Institute
  • Practical knowledge of defensive tactics and firearms
  • Routine knowledge or park district policies


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

Significant environmental factors may be applicable to this position.


Lateral Transfers

Candidates who are currently employed for a minimum of two (2) years with their agency as a full-time Sworn Municipal Officer, Illinois State Trooper, or County Sheriff's Deputy (Patrol/Road Division) may be eligible for a lateral transfer.

Lateral Transfer Candidates are eligible to have wage matched up to 16 years of experience.