Police Officer Recruitment

Do you have what it takes to be a Lake Zurich Police Officer?


The members of the Lake Zurich Police Department embrace a community oriented policing philosophy best summarized by our value of, "Always Our Best”.  To achieve this standard, qualified candidates must be a person of good character and ability. Candidates will be required to successfully complete a series of rigorous tests including a written, physical agility, oral interview, polygraph, an extensive background investigation, and post offer psychological and medical tests.


Character Counts in Lake Zurich


Our values are at the core of what we do. We begin with a person’s character and continue to provide opportunities for growth through training and appropriate resources. We believe the public must have confidence, trust, and faith in the ability of every Lake Zurich Police Officer to efficiently and competently perform their duties. The Village of Lake Zurich’s character is a reflection of its employees.


The Lake Zurich Police Department’s provision of the full range of police services both enhances the safety of residents and its ability to recruit and retain the very best staff. The Lake Zurich Police Department has a current staff of 30 full-time sworn officers and 19 civilian personnel to serve the Village. The Police Department is a 24/7 operation delivering superior service to the citizens of Lake Zurich.

Police officer starting salary is currently $68,536.41, with current top pay being $99,168.05.

The Village of Lake Zurich offers full-time police officers a comprehensive benefit package including health care plans, dental, and life insurance. Additional benefits include; personal days, compensatory time, vacation days, special duty payments, flexible spending account, deferred compensation plans, employee assistance program, sick leave, and participation in a police pension fund.

What are the minimum requirements?

  • U.S. citizen, naturalized citizen or in the process of citizenship at time of hire. 
  • High School diploma or equivalent high school education; 
  • At least 21 years of age, and under 35 years of age at time of application, or as otherwise exempt by statute; 
  • Valid Driver’s License; 
  • Valid Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) issued prior to November 15, 2020. POWER test cards are considered valid if issued within twelve (12) months PRIOR to the application deadline (11/15/2019 - 11/15/2020). 
  • Payment of the non-refundable application fee.
  • Completion of the application and submission of the required documents by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation and in-person test.


Orientation & Written Test

The orientation sessions and written tests will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Lake Zurich Police Department, 200 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047.

Morning Session (max 34 candidates)

  • Check in – 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Orientation – 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  
  • Written Test – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Session (max 34 candidates)

  • Check in – 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Orientation – 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
  • Written Test – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additional dates are available should session fill up

How can I prepare for the exam?

Candidates can order a study guide or practice written test here: https://www.ApplyToServe.com/Study/ The guide and practice test are simply resources for candidates looking for preparation materials in advance of the test. They are not required reading in order to sit for the actual exam.

How do I apply?

  1. Download a digital copy of the application packet or pick one up at the Lake Zurich Police Department, 200 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047. 
  2. Pay a $25.00 non-refundable application fee. Applicants may pay online using American Express, MasterCard, Discover Card or Visa at https://LakeZurich.org/epay. At the site, click on the e-payment website link, from the Payment Category drop down select Village General, then select Police Applicant in the Purpose for Payment dropdown box and complete the payment page. Include a copy of your receipt with your application as proof of payment. If you are submitting in person, a check made out to the Village of Lake Zurich is also acceptable.
  3. Complete application and gather the required documents. Submit everything online via a link that will be emailed to you within 24 hours after online payment, or mail/deliver everything in person to the Lake Zurich Police Department, 200 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047. The deadline is 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
PD Recruitment 2020

Failure to complete any portion of the application process will result in elimination from employment consideration.