Work With Us
As a police officer for the Village of Rantoul you will be working for a diverse and emerging community of approximately 13,000 residence. The Village of Rantoul is located in east central Illinois along Interstate 57 just minutes away from Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois.
Rantoul Police officers are dedicated to the protection and security of all citizens and, in partnership with the community, providing quality public safety services while affording dignity and respect to every individual. The Rantoul Police Department is a progressive and innovative law enforcement agency, possessing a strong value system that emphasizes providing services with respect, integrity and pride.
Police Officer Testing
The Rantoul Police Department began using a continuous testing model in November 2020. This model will allow applicants to take the written examination throughout the year. Once an interested person applies online, the Rantoul Police Department will contact the applicant to schedule the written examination. Applicants will be able to take the written examination one (1) time in a 12-month period.
After the written examination, the Rantoul Police and Fire Commission will conduct oral interviews of the applicants at least quarterly. The written examination and oral interview scores will be combined with any preference points to generate an eligibility list. The eligibility list will change continually as scores from other candidates are added.
As openings occur, the Rantoul Police Department will conduct interviews with applicants from the list as defined in the bylaws of the Rantoul Police and Fire Commission.
The written examination and oral interviews will usually be conducted at the Rantoul Police Department or Rantoul Fire Department.
Experienced Police Officer
The Rantoul Police Department is currently accepting lateral applications for the position of experienced Police Officer. Applications are currently available online.
To be eligible for the Experienced Police Officer Hiring Program, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications for hire, and be a non-probationary police officer or previous non-probationary police officer who is currently in good standing in the police department in which the person serves or has left the department in which such person served in good standing.
Experienced Officers may bring up to ten (10) years of experience and start at the applicable pay rate. Current ten year rate is $89,835.
Minimum qualifications for hire
- 21 years of age
- High school graduate or GED
- No record of felony convictions
Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer
Salary & Benefits
- $70,012 base-rate for entry-level officers
- $78,416 Non-Probationary (12-15 months)
- $84,697 3 years
- $86,832 5 years
- $89,835 10 years
Health, dental, vision, and life plans
- Employee and dependent coverage
- Flexible spending accounts
Paid time off
- Sick Leave
- Compensatory Time Leave
- Downstate Police Pension
- Optional tax-deferred retirement plan
Ask a Recruiter
Our recruiting team is available to answer questions about the hiring process and career opportunities. Please contact Deputy Chief Rodney Sullivan.
Women in Law Enforcement
The Rantoul Police Department was one of the first 50 police agencies in the nation to pledge to make hiring and elevating women into leadership roles a priority over the next 10 years. The 30x30 Initiative, a national effort which the Rantoul Police Department joined this spring, is a series of actions addressing recruitment, assessment, hiring, retention, promotion and agency culture. The initiative encourages police departments to take certain actions to improve the representation and experience of women in law enforcement. The ultimate goal of the 30x30 Initiative is the reach 30% of women in police recruit classes by 2030, and to ensure policing agencies are truly representative of the community they serve.