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Decatur Police Department

$5000 Sign On Bonus

Built on Success

Results driven and always moving forward.

The Decatur Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a team of diverse, qualified officers to serve and protect the City of Decatur, Illinois. DPD offers specialized training, promotional opportunities, and career paths in all law enforcement capacities.


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12hr Shifts

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More than a Job. A Career.

Build a balanced life with DPD.

The success we have in our community is reliant on the people that make up the Decatur Police Department team. We know their value and have set up a work environment with a focus on their needs and with an emphasis of evolving along with the everchanging needs of society.


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Career Opportunities

The Decatur Police Department is comprised of officers on patrol, specialists, administrators, and leadership. DPD offers multiple career paths with tracks for promotion and cross training.

  • Patrol Officer
  • Master Patrol Officer (5% Salary Increase)
  • Detective (10% Salary Increase)
    • Adult Investigations
    • Juvenile Investigations
    • Street Crimes / Narcotics
    • School Resource Officer
  •  Sergeant ($109,400 Starting Salary)
  • Lieutenant
  • Deputy Chief
  • Chief of Police
  • Field Training Officer (FTO)
  • Fatal Accident Investigations Team (FAIT)
  • Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Designated Juvenile Officer (DJO)
  • Department Mentor
  • Department Recruiter
  • Drone Pilot
  • Bicycle Officer
  • K9 Officer
  • Evidence Officer
  • Traffic Officer
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Control Tactics Instructor


Starting pay is $67,850. Top patrol salary with longevity (12%) is $99,840.

$5,000 hiring bonus.

BC/BS PPO insurance – 80/20 plan, 3 coverage tiers, affordable rates, very good coverage/plan.

  • 2 weeks after 1 year
  • 3 weeks after 7 years
  • 4 weeks after 14 years
  • 5 weeks after 20 years
  • 6 weeks after 25 years

13 personal days (holidays) per year (use for time off or cash in for pay) and 12 days of sick time per year.

12-hour patrol schedule – every other weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) off.  Only work ~182 days a year.

Lateral officers can receive starting salary equivalent to previous years of service, up to 5 years max.

  • 2% after 5 years
  • 4% after 10 years
  • 6% after 15 years
  • 9% after 20 years
  • 12% after 25 years

Eligible for 50% retirement after 20 years of service.  Max pension is 75% after 35 years of service.

All uniforms, ballistic vest and exterior carrier provided (no weapon or boots). Department issued cell phone also provided.

Tuition reimbursement and access to state-of-the-art training, facilities and programs.

  • Newer police facility, opened in 2014
  • New BWCs
  • HD in-car systems
  • Power DMS – document sharing system
  • Power Time – online/mobile scheduling system
  • New CAD/RMS system being implemented
  • Newer fleet of Ford Explorer patrol vehicles

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We live in the neighborhoods we serve.

Decatur is a community of 70,000 people centrally located in the heart of Illinois in Macon County. While being within 3 hours by car to Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, Decatur also offers amenities attracting people to visit. With a lake in the city, 39 neighborhood and community parks, and countless tourist destinations, Decatur offers an enriched quality of life for individuals and families living here.

Dream Big mural in Downtown Decatur


From murals around the city to sculptures spanning from the zoo to the children’s museum, Decatur is enriched by art.

Concert at the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater


Take in concerts by the lake, performing arts at Millikin, and shows in the historic theater downtown.

Family kayaking on Lake Decatur


Multiple golf courses, indoor sports facilities, bike trails, disc golf, activities on the water, and more to keep your body well.

Decatur, Illinois

Small Town Living near Big Cities

Our population is around 70,000 but we are less than a 3 hour drive for major cities including Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.

Vibrant Downtown

Downtown Decatur is filled with local merchants, restaurants, and parks. Parking is free and the sidewalks and cityscape is refreshed.

Parks and Recreation

Decatur is the home of 39 neighborhood and community parks, a new waterpark, an amphitheater, public art, a zoo, and other amenities.


Cost of living in the area is well below the national average and when combined with our salaries, the American Dream is affordable.

Lake Life

Lake Decatur sits within the city and features brand new boat docks, a boardwalk, paddle boat and pontoon boat rentals, and a lakeside restaurant.

Education Opportunities

Many of the public schools are either brand new or recently renovated. Academies, private schools, and dual credit options are also available.

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We are looking for qualified candidates to join the Decatur Police Department.

Quality Pay

Starting salary at $67,850 with a $5000 sign on bonus.


Quality insurance, robust pension, competitive sick time, and personal time off.

Work Life Balance

12 hour shifts, great cost of living, and a great community to enjoy.


Salary increases, multiple career paths, premium training, and personal growth.

Text a Recruiter

Decatur Police Department


707 W. South Side Drive
Decatur, IL 62521-4021 (map)

p: (217) 424-2743

e: [email protected]