The Testing Process
The Testing Process of the Macomb Police Department is governed by the Illinois State Statutes as well as the City of Macomb Police and Fire Commission. The testing process is designed to create a pool or list of qualified applicants for the position of police officer. The following is a list of the steps of the Testing Process for the Macomb Police Department:
Normally the Orientation, Physical Agility Test, and Written Test are conducted on the same day. This allows applicants to complete 30% of the testing process in a single day and assists applicants that have to travel to participate in testing.
The entire testing process can take as much as 4 to 8 months to complete. Once an applicant has successfully passed all the phases of the testing process he/she is placed on a final eligibility list.
Upon being hired an applicant will be on an 18-month probationary period. During this time the applicant will attend the Police Training Institute (P.T.I.), receive training and be guided by a Field Training Officer (F.T.O.) and be constantly evaluated on his/her performance, conduct, appearance, and demeanor.
The City of Macomb reserves the right to require reimbursement of training expenses on a pro-rata basis if an officer resigns within the first two years of employment.
The testing process begins with completing a written application. The application serves to provide the City of Macomb and its agents with information about you. The information is also used in part to complete your payroll paperwork should you be hired.
Applicants are required to attend a pre-employment orientation. This orientation is normally held before the physical agility test. The orientation typically informs applicants about the testing process and what the different tests determine.
The pre-employment Physical Agility Test is governed by the Illinois State Statutes. The test, commonly known as the Power Test, is designed to examine the applicant’s physical fitness. Physical fitness is an essential part of a police officer’s job. The City of Macomb’s Physical Agility Test currently mirrors the P.O.W.E.R. Test. Police departments can and have used obstacle courses in the past. The City of Macomb reserves the right to administer the physical testing method of its choosing.
The City of Macomb includes a Written Test portion during the pre-employment testing process. The Written Test is designed to gauge the applicant’s ability to read, write, calculate basic math, use logic and reasoning, and comprehend selected writings. Currently the Written Test is designed so no prior specific police knowledge is required.
After the scores are tabulated from the Written Test and the Agility Test applicants will be contacted for an Oral Interview. The Oral Interview consists of applicants individually appearing before members of the City of Macomb Police and Fire Commission. The Commission asks applicants carefully designed questions and evaluates the applicant’s answers. The Commission also reviews the applicant’s appearance, demeanor, and/or ability to perform well as a police officer.
Once the Oral Interview is completed applicants will receive a Personal History Statement. The Personal History Statement should be filled out as completely as possible and returned within 10 days from the day of the Oral Interview. This document will in turn be given to the Investigations Division of the Macomb Police Department so that background investigations can be conducted on applicants when vacancies become available.
The Background Investigation is an intense examination of the applicant’s character and is comprised of checking public records, examining open source material, checking the applicant’s driving record and criminal history, investigating the applicant’s alcohol and/or drug usage, and the interviewing of the applicant’s references, neighbors, and past workplace supervisors and colleagues. The Background Investigation is done to insure the City of Macomb and the citizens of the community are investing in a fair, moral, intelligent person. Details of the Background Investigation are not published and not available for review by the applicant.
The City of Macomb employs experienced psychologists to screen potential police officer candidates. Because of the power and authority a police officer possess it is imperative that a candidate does not suffer from mental or emotional disorders that could effect the performance of a police officer during his/her duties. The Psychological Screening normally consists of a battery of psychological exams, basic reading comprehension, personality screening, and an interview with a psychologist.
The Medical Screening phase is similar to a routine medical physical at a doctor’s office. The applicant will meet with a Medical Doctor of the City of Macomb’s choosing. The applicant will have a brief interview with the doctor regarding medical history, family medical history, and alcohol/drug use. A medical exam will then be conducted which will include testing of the applicant’s blood, urine, vision, hearing, reflexes, and muscular and skeletal systems. The scope and length of the examination will depend on the doctor.
The City of Macomb is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer