Are you looking to make your move? The Alton Police Department is the right place for you. We are looking for experienced Police Officers who are looking to take the next step in their law enforcement career.

Whether you are looking to be an investigator, crime scene technician, K-9 handler, SWAT operator, or Field Training Officer, we offer it all! Come join our family!


  • Have a High school diploma or equivalent or an honorable discharge from active service in Armed Forces.
  • Have two (2) years prior full-time police experience within the last 12 months.
  • Must have successfully completed a twelve (12) month probationary period in their prior position as a police officer.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Residency: Establish and maintain principle domicile within the counties of: Illinois – Madison, Jersey,Macoupin, St Clair; Missouri – St Louis, St Charles
  • Physical: Vision (in both eyes) not impaired more than 20/60 correctable to 20/20, and normal color perception, proven by appropriate tests.
  • Must meet the physical, mental, and psychological requirements of the position as tested by the Civil Service Commission.
  • Must provide documentation that they have fulfilled the requirements of the Illinois Police Training Board to be certified with no more than 40 hours of additional training required by that Board for certification.
  • An accredited police academy certification from another state must be approved by the Illinois Police Training board to qualify.

Click here for cover letter and job description.

Click here for the lateral police officer application.


Once an officer has completed an Illinois police academy and passed the State of Illinois certification exam, he is a certified Illinois police officer. It would not be necessary for him to attend another Illinois police academy if another Illinois police department later hires him. The board maintains all Illinois police officers’ certifications.


A person that desires to become an Illinois police officer and is certified as a police officer in another state, maybe hired as an Illinois police officer, however, there are restrictions. First, an Illinois police department must hire an officer. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board will review the officer’s prior training records and police academy training. The board will determine if the “out of state officers” training and academy will be sufficient to waive the Illinois police academy.

If the board does not waive the Illinois police academy, the officer will have to complete the entire Illinois police academy. If the board does waive the Illinois police academy the officer will only be required to complete certain mandatory training to become a certified Illinois police officer. If the officer has the Illinois academy waived, usually he will only be required to complete a (40) forty-hour Illinois criminal law police course, mandatory firearms course, and other courses to certify or re-certify him in certain fields.

All waiver candidates must pass a 200-question equivalence exam with a passing score of at least 65%. If all of the requirements are not met, the officer will be required to attend the full Illinois basic academy.

For further information concerning the lateral entry police officer program, you can contact Deputy Chief of Police John Franke, at 618.463.3505 ext. 648 or email him at