Selection Process (Police Officer)

The Hanover Park Human Resources Department will accept an Employment Interest Form from persons who are interested in engaging in the selection process for a Police Officer position. The information from this form is retained for 12 months. Should the next selection process be conducted, those persons who have submitted the form will be notified of the details of the upcoming process.

Phase I

Phase One of the process is an Orientation Session and the Written Examination. Those candidates who successfully pass Phase One will proceed to Phase Two of the selection process.

Phase II

Phase Two of the selection process is a Physical Agility Test (POWER). The standards for the physical agility test have been established by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Upon successful completion of Phase Two, applicants will proceed to Phase Three.

Phase III

Phase Three consists of an Oral Interview conducted by members of the Police Department Command Staff and Human Resources Staff. Upon successful completion of Phase Three, applicants proceed to Phase Four.

Phase IV

Phase Four consists of a thorough Background Screening of the applicant which includes criminal, credit, integrity and employment/professional reference checks. Applicants that pass Phase Four are placed in a Eligible to Hire List. The Village of Hanover Park does not use a Police Commission and as such, no ranking of applicants occurs.


When the police department has a need to hire a new police officer, an applicant from the Eligibility List is selected and a Conditional Offer of Employment is made to the applicant, pending the results of psychological, polygraph and medical exams. If it is determined that the applicant is fit for duty as a police officer, the Recruit Police Officer is assigned to attend a Basic Law Enforcement Academy course. If it is determined that the applicant is not fit for duty, the Conditional Offer of Employment is rescinded and the applicant is removed from the Eligibility Pool. 

Salary & Benefits

The Village of Hanover Park provides a competitive Salary and Benefit plan to village employees. Currently, police officers reach the top pay rate after seven years of service. Benefits include 10-20 vacation days per year, sick time, nine paid holidays per year, compensatory time, and three personal days per year. Officers also participate in health, dental and disability insurance plans. Hanover Park Police Officers will be enrolled in the Police Pension Fund. Uniforms and equipment are issued to the officers on a quartermaster system.