The Oswego Police Department is recruiting diverse candidates to strengthen our community. 


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The Oswego Police Department is seeking experienced police officers to join our team through a Lateral Transfer Police Officer Eligibility List.  Applicants must already be Certified as Illinois Law Enforcement Officers.


Download the position advertisement, with a full list of qualifications and application instructions here.

Ready to apply? Complete the online application.   


The 2020 regular police officer testing is complete. Information can be found under the Police Commission.
If you have submitted an application and have a follow-up question, please contact
Executive Assistant Denise Lawrence at 630-551-7326 or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.




The Lateral Transfer salary range effective 5/1/21 is $76,274.43 to $80,469.53 with a top out of $101,406.69. 


The benefits package includes 13 paid holidays annually, plus paid vacation, sick and personal time. Officers work 12-hour shifts with alternating weekends off.


Sworn personnel are enrolled in a police pension program for retirement.


Excellent medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.


Completed in 2018, the Oswego Police Headquarters includes a complete training wing with an on-site indoor range, fitness center and other amenities.


Officers are awarded for both going above and beyond in the field and for innovating in the organization.



“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



  • State of Illinois Law Enforcement Certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as a law enforcement officer in good standing (Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer does not meet this requirement.)


  • Applicants shall be employed for a minimum of two consecutive years with their current agency as a full-time Sworn Municipal Officer, Illinois State Trooper, or County Sheriff's Deputy and must have completed their probationary period as of Oct. 20, 2021.


  • Currently in good standing with the police department in which the person serves or is laid off due to budgetary constraints with that agency


  • Possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and level of experience required pursuant to the call for qualified lateral transfer applicants.

  • Must be a United States citizen and have a valid driver's license by Oct. 20, 2021


  • Has a Bachelor or Associate Degree in any field of study (OR 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university) OR those who qualify for a waiver due to active military service pursuant to statute [(65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 10-2.1-6)] by Oct. 20, 2021


  • Must pass written examination, oral interview, in-depth background investigation, which includes a polygraph


  • After conditional job offer, must pass Medical (including drug screen, hearing, and eye exam) and Psychological examinations

Note: Previous disqualifications do not preclude you from reapplying.



To apply for our Lateral Transfer Police Officer Program/Testing, fill out the online application.   

This application is only for experienced officers seeking transfer to the Oswego Police Department. Eligibility and testing for new officers will begin again in spring 2022.


Contact Executive Assistant Denise Lawrence at 630.551.7326 with questions or send an email through the Police Commission's website

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.


To apply for our Lateral Transfer Police Officer Program/Testing, please click to fill out the online application (opens Sept. 1).   

The full advertisement, with a list of qualifications and application instructions, is available here.

Applications are available beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. A non-refundable $25 fee is required at the time of submittal. Complete the application and submit payment online by noon (12 p.m. CDT) Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Late 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. 


A mandatory orientation and written examination will be held on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at 8 a.m. The location and address, along with any additional instructions, will be emailed to you after the acceptance of applications has closed. 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.

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.