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


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Join the Oswego Police Department

Join the Oswego Police Department

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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.

The Village of Oswego is one of the fastest-growing communities in Illinois. For our officers, that means opportunities for advancement throughout the course of their careers. But more than that, it means the opportunity to innovate. The men and women of the Oswego Police Department are extremely proud to be nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, reflecting the commitment of the Department and our officers to constantly improve the quality of service we provide to our residents. 

We're looking for officers interested in growing with our community, candidates who come from diverse backgrounds of all kinds to strengthen our community-oriented approach to policing, and people who are up to the challenge of approaching each day as an opportunity to do things better. 


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

Ready to apply? Complete the online application.   


The 2022 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 5/1/22 is $78,371.98 to $82,682.44 with a top pay of $107,321.24. 


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


Police officers have opportunities for additional training, specialized assignments, and overtime or compensatory time.


Excellent medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits. Optional benefits are available, including 457(b) plans, Aflac,  and more.


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


Uniforms, ballistic vests, and equipment are provided by the department.


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

Join the Oswego Police Department

Join the Oswego Police Department


  • 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 July 27, 2022.

  • 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.

  • Valid driver's license, Illinois FOID card, and Social Security number at the time of hire

  • U.S. Citizen, or will possess U.S. Citizenship by July 27, 2022

  • Bachelor or Associates Degree in any field of study OR 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university OR a waiver due to active military service pursuant to State statute [(65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 10-2.1-6)] by July 27, 2022

  • Pass written exam, oral interview, and in-depth background investigation, including a polygraph

  • Pass medical (including drug screen, hearing, and eye exam) and psychological exams after conditional offer of employment

Note: Previous disqualifications do not preclude you from reapplying.



To apply for the Police Officer Testing, fill out the online application


Contact Executive Assistant Denise Lawrence by email with questions. 

Please note: Applications and payments are only accepted online. 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 (now open).   


A non-refundable $25 fee is required at the time of submittal. Complete the application and submit payment online by 4 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. 

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

Do not submit anything other than the application and fee. A resume, certificates, transcripts, etc. are NOT needed at this time, but should be immediately available at the request of a background.


A mandatory orientation and written examination will be held in Oswego on Monday, August 1 2022, 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, no other items, such as a resume, certificates, or transcripts, will be accepted. Those items will be submitted later in the process.

Dress comfortably for the orientation and written examination.

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.