Careers2018-12-20T15:15:25+00:00

BECOME AN OFFICER

The face of policing has changed over the years, but there is still a need of the original concept of Sir Robert Peel:

“The police are the public and the public are the police.”

Policing in this day and age can be challenging, exciting and fast paced. It takes a person of strong character, a giving heart, and a sense of community to wear an Elkhart Police badge.

Are you willing to stand up to adversity for your community and fellow man? Can you meet this challenge?

Download Application

BECOME AN OFFICER

The face of policing has changed over the years, but there is still a need of the original concept of Sir Robert Peel:

“The police are the public and the public are the police.”

Policing in this day and age can be challenging, exciting and fast paced. It takes a person of strong character, a giving heart, and a sense of community to wear an Elkhart Police badge.

Are you willing to stand up to adversity for your community and fellow man? Can you meet this challenge?

Download Application

Career Paths

» Patrol
» Bomb Squad
» K-9 Unit
» Drug Recognition Expert
» Field Training Officer
» Honor Guard
» Drone Operator
» Elkhart County Homicide Unit
» Hostage Negotiator
» Community Relations
» Crime Lab C.S.I.
» Detective
» S.R.O. School Resource Officer
» Meth Team
» Uniform Evidence Technician
» S.W.A.T. Special Weapons & Tactics
» P.I.O. Public Information Officer
» Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force
» D.E.A. Task Force Officer
» A.T.F. Project Disarm Task Force
» Gang Officer
» Accident Reconstructionist
» F.A.C.T. Fatal Alcohol Crash Team
» Humane Officer
» E.V.O.C. Instructor
» Defensive Tactics Instructor
» Firearms Instructor
» Breathalyzer Operator

Benefits

» 10 Personal Days after 1 year
» 10 Vacation Days after 1 year
» Holiday, Longevity, and Shift Differential Pay
» Special Incentive Pay
» Health, Dental, and Life Insurance
» Insurance costs Recently Reduced
» Public Employee Retirement Fund
» 96% of Pension Contribution Provided by City

Salaries

» 4th Class Patrolman – $53,001.00 – 1st year
» 3rd Class Patrolman – $55,315.00 – 2nd year
» 2nd Class Patrolman – $58,451.12 – 3rd year
» 1st Class Patrolman – $62,321.22 – 4th year
» Investigator – $63,592.10
» Sergeant – $66,946.10
» Lieutenant – $71,105.06

» $2,000.00 Annual Clothing Allowance
» $1,200.00 (Approx.) Annual Sick Incentive
» $2,000.00 Annual Continuing Education Benefit

Career Paths

» Patrol
» Bomb Squad
» K-9 Unit
» Drug Recognition Expert
» Field Training Officer
» Honor Guard
» Drone Operator
» Elkhart County Homicide Unit
» Hostage Negotiator
» Community Relations
» Crime Lab C.S.I.
» Detective
» S.R.O. School Resource Officer
» Meth Team
» Uniform Evidence Technician
» S.W.A.T. Special Weapons & Tactics
» P.I.O. Public Information Officer
» Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force
» D.E.A. Task Force Officer
» A.T.F. Project Disarm Task Force
» Gang Officer
» Accident Reconstructionist
» F.A.C.T. Fatal Alcohol Crash Team
» Humane Officer
» E.V.O.C. Instructor
» Defensive Tactics Instructor
» Firearms Instructor
» Breathalyzer Operator

Benefits

» 10 Personal Days after 1 year
» 10 Vacation Days after 1 year
» Holiday, Longevity, and Shift Differential Pay
» Special Incentive Pay
» Health, Dental, and Life Insurance
» Insurance costs Recently Reduced
» Public Employee Retirement Fund
» 96% of Pension Contribution Provided by City

Salaries

» 4th Class Patrolman – $53,001.00 – 1st year
» 3rd Class Patrolman – $55,315.00 – 2nd year
» 2nd Class Patrolman – $58,451.12 – 3rd year
» 1st Class Patrolman – $62,321.22 – 4th year
» Investigator – $63,592.10
» Sergeant – $66,946.10
» Lieutenant – $71,105.06

» $2,000.00 Annual Clothing Allowance
» $1,200.00 (Approx.) Annual Sick Incentive
» $2,000.00 Annual Continuing Education Benefit

Career Paths

» Patrol
» Bomb Squad
» K-9 Unit
» Drug Recognition Expert
» Field Training Officer
» Honor Guard
» Drone Operator
» Elkhart County Homicide Unit
» Hostage Negotiator
» Community Relations
» Crime Lab C.S.I.
» Detective
» S.R.O. School Resource Officer
» Meth Team
» Uniform Evidence Technician
» S.W.A.T. Special Weapons & Tactics
» P.I.O. Public Information Officer
» Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force
» D.E.A. Task Force Officer
» A.T.F. Project Disarm Task Force
» Gang Officer
» Accident Reconstructionist
» F.A.C.T. Fatal Alcohol Crash Team
» Humane Officer
» E.V.O.C. Instructor
» Defensive Tactics Instructor
» Firearms Instructor
» Breathalyzer Operator

Benefits

» 10 Personal Days after 1 year
» 10 Vacation Days after 1 year
» Holiday, Longevity, and Shift Differential Pay
» Special Incentive Pay
» Health, Dental, and Life Insurance
» Insurance costs Recently Reduced
» Public Employee Retirement Fund
» 96% of Pension Contribution Provided by City

Salaries

» 4th Class Patrolman – $53,001.00 – 1st year
» 3rd Class Patrolman – $55,315.00 – 2nd year
» 2nd Class Patrolman – $58,451.12 – 3rd year
» 1st Class Patrolman – $62,321.22 – 4th year
» Investigator – $63,592.10
» Sergeant – $66,946.10
» Lieutenant – $71,105.06

» $2,000.00 Annual Clothing Allowance
» $1,200.00 (Approx.) Annual Sick Incentive
» $2,000.00 Annual Continuing Education Benefit

APPLICATION PROCESS

Once you’ve turned your application in you will be notified of our next testing. On testing day we will start with the physical agility first, the tests are to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy exit standards.

  • Vertical Jump: 16 Inches

  • One Minute Sit-ups: 29

  • 300 Meter Run: 71 Seconds

  • Maximum Push-ups: 25

  • 1.5 Mile Run: 16 Minutes 28 Seconds

Those applicant’s successfully completing this portion of the testing are then invited to take our general education test and a personality profile questionnaire. All of this is done on the same day.

Applicant’s that pass this portion are then sent onto background investigation, and once completed, those applicant’s
that meet department standards are invited to an oral interview with the department administration, human resources from the city, and members of the Merit Commission.

Upon completion of all of the above, applicants are then given a conditional offer of employment. If the offer is accepted then the applicant then has to complete a polygraph examination, medical and psychological exams. If all these things are passed then we request approval from PERF (Public Employee Retirement Fund). Once approved by PERF the applicant is eligible to be hired.

Lateral Entry Program Information

APPLICATION PROCESS

Once you’ve turned your application in you will be notified of our next testing. On testing day we will start with the physical agility first, the tests are to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy exit standards.

  • Vertical Jump: 16 Inches

  • One Minute Sit-ups: 29

  • 300 Meter Run: 71 Seconds

  • Maximum Push-ups: 25

  • 1.5 Mile Run: 16 Minutes 28 Seconds

Those applicant’s successfully completing this portion of the testing are then invited to take our general education test and a personality profile questionnaire. All of this is done on the same day.

Applicant’s that pass this portion are then sent onto background investigation, and once completed, those applicant’s
that meet department standards are invited to an oral interview with the department administration, human resources from the city, and members of the Merit Commission.

Upon completion of all of the above, applicants are then given a conditional offer of employment. If the offer is accepted then the applicant then has to complete a polygraph examination, medical and psychological exams. If all these things are passed then we request approval from PERF (Public Employee Retirement Fund). Once approved by PERF the applicant is eligible to be hired.

Lateral Entry Program Information

Requirements:

» Must be a US citizen
» Must be 21 years of age, but not yet 36 years when appointed
» High school graduate; or GED
» Possess a valid unrestricted driver’s license
» Must be willing, if appointed to reside in Elkhart or adjoining county within Indiana

Needed Documentation:

» DD214 if prior military
» High school, GED or college diploma
» High school and or college transcripts
» Birth certificate and a copy of valid driver’s license

Requirements:

» Must be a US citizen
» Must be 21 years of age, but not yet 36 years when appointed
» High school graduate; or GED
» Possess a valid unrestricted driver’s license
» Must be willing, if appointed to reside in Elkhart or adjoining county within Indiana

Needed Documentation:

» DD214 if prior military
» High school, GED or college diploma
» High school and or college transcripts
» Birth certificate and a copy of valid driver’s license