“Crime scene work has always been fascinating to me. I love that we have opportunities to grow as officers, to develop skills and get training that helps the community. If you’re willing to train and put in the work, you can do this job.”​


—  Cherese Spears, Detective




Contact Executive Assistant Denise Lawrence at 630.551.7326 with questions or use the form (right) to email your question. 

Please note: Application materials will not be accepted by email. Follow the instructions above to apply.

The Oswego Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The deadline to apply for this round of eligibility has passed. If you submitted an application by the noon on June 3 deadline and have a follow-up question about the application process, please contact  Executive Assistant Denise Lawrence at 630.551.7326 or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to email your question. Additional details about subsequent steps in the application process are below.


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Applications are available beginning March 11, 2020. You have two options:

Apply online: Complete the application online and submit payment through our online portal with a credit card. (THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.)

Apply in person: Download a PDF of the application or pick up a hardcopy at the Oswego Police Department. Then mail or drop-off your application along with payment, addressed to the Oswego Police Commission, 3355 Woolley Road, Oswego, IL 60543. Payment may be made with cash, check, or credit card at the time the application is submitted. (THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.)


Make checks out to Village of Oswego. The application fee is $25.

Applications must be received by noon on Wednesday, June 3. Postmark dates are not taken into consideration. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Do not submit anything other than the application and fee. A resume, certificates, transcripts, etc. are not required at this point in the process. 

The deadline to return the application and payment is 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. 


A mandatory orientation and written examination will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at 8 a.m. at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. Enter through Door 1. Applicants must bring a photo ID, which may be a state ID, driver's license, or passport. At the time of the orientation/written exam, no other items, such as a resume, certificates, or transcripts, will be needed. Those items will be submitted later in the process.

There is no study guide for the written exam. 


Preference points are guided by State statute and are available to candidates based on education, certifications and military status. More information on preference points and how to apply for points will be available at orientation.


An oral interview, physical aptitude test, background investigation, and polygraph test will be administered to candidates who advance beyond the written exam. More information will be made available at orientation.

The Oswego Police Commission is the authority responsible for hiring new police officers, guided by the appropriate State and local statutes. For more information, visit the Police Commission's website.

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