Lateral Police Officer


The Matteson Police Department (MPD) serves the community with a staff of forty-three (43) sworn officers and sixteen (16) civilian employees. The Police Administration oversees operations conducted by a Patrol Division, Investigations Division, Records Division, and a Crime Prevention/Community Policing Bureau.

Members of the Investigations Division also participate with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, an organization of Investigators from various agencies throughout the Chicago suburbs who, along with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police and the Illinois State Police, combine resources to investigate crimes of violence. We also have personnel assigned to the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team (SMART), the Statewide Auto Theft Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System. We handle everything from Financial Crimes, Drug Investigations, Burglaries, etc.

Members of the MPD also receive specialized training in various aspects of law enforcement with assignments including but not limited to:

 ✓ Tactical Officer/Plain Clothes  ✓ S.S.E.R.T. (South Suburban Emergency Response Team
 ✓ Bicycle Officer  ✓ S.M.A.R.T. (Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team
 ✓ Juvenile Officer  ✓ S.R.O. (School Resource Officer)
 ✓ K-9 Officer  ✓ F.T.O. (Field Training Officer)
 ✓ Evidence Technician  ✓ Range Officer / Firearms Instructor


  • Must be a current full-time law enforcement officer and have a minimum of two years’ experience with any local, county or state law enforcement agency. There must be no break in the two years of service. Proof of experience is required.
  • Must be in good standing with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  • A law enforcement officer who has a minimum of two years of experience and who is not currently a law enforcement officer (for any reason) will not be considered a lateral transfer.
  • Lateral transfers must be currently Illinois State Certified or must successfully complete the State of Illinois certification process.
  • CITIZENSHIP: Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • AGE: must be 21 years of age and under 35 years of age at the time of application unless exempt by statue.
  • HEIGHT & WEIGHT: Must be comparable for overall size and body structure.
  • PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Must demonstrate physical agility, muscular coordination, pass a rigid physical exam and drug test.
  • CHARACTER: Must be of good moral character and temperate habits. A extensive background check is required for final applicants.
  • EDUCATION: Must have a High School diploma or G.E.D. at the time of application.
  • RESIDENCY: Within 18 months from date of hire, and continuously thereafter, must reside within the following Illinois counties, Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Will and Kankakee.

WAGES & BENEFITS - The Village of Matteson offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

The beginning salary for Lateral Officers is $75,852 - $93,097 depending on years of experience.

The Village recognizes nine (9) paid holidays and grants Police Officers 24 hours of paid personal time during each fiscal year.

Officers receive 8 hours sick time per month.

A minimum of 2 weeks’ vacation at time of hire to be taken beginning after 90 days of employment.

The Village offers comprehensive health and dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance coverage equal to one (1) times base salary, short-term disability, and a Section 125 plan for unreimbursed medical expenses.

Officers participate in the Matteson Police Pension Plan and contribute 9.91% of their salary into the fund on a pre-tax basis. You must also contribute to Social Security at a total rate of 7.65%.

The Village offers three deferred investment plans for employee participation.

The Village furnishes full initial uniforms and leathers. Thereafter, each Officer is allotted an annual uniform allowance of $800. On and off duty, the Officer must purchase his/her weapons.

  • Education: Associates Degree ($1,200); Bachelor’s Degree ($1,500) and Master’s Degree ($1,800)
  • Law Enforcement Certification: 1% of base pay for ILETSB certification and the satisfactory completion of on-going training programs to maintain the law enforcement certification issues by ILETSB.
Matteson Police Officers and Sergeants are represented by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP) union. Our current contract expires April 30, 2026.


A confidential Employee/Member Assistance Program is offered to all full-time employees and families, at no cost to the employee. This program provides comprehensive evaluation, counseling and referral, and online access to services and resources.


Application Process:
Candidates will be reviewed and processed in the order in which their application is electronically received (date and time stamped). This will be an on-going application process for Lateral Transfer Police Officers. No walk-in applications will be accepted.

In-Depth Background Investigation: Candidates must be of good moral character and will be subject to a thorough background investigation including, but not limited to, police records check, credit check, work history, inquiries of neighbors and relatives, and other references.

Candidates may be eliminated from the process at any time based on information obtained from the background investigation. This includes, but is not limited to, information discovered about the candidate that would reflect negatively upon the Matteson Police Department if the candidate were hired. A conviction record may be considered on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily disqualify a candidate. However, Illinois State law precludes appointment as a Police Officer with any felony conviction or any disqualifying conviction as set forth in 65ILCS 5/10-1-7(c).

Review and Approval by the FPC (Fire and Police Commission): Candidate backgrounds will be reviewed and approved by the FPC. Approved candidates will move to the final stage of physical and drug screen.

Physical and Drug Screen: Candidates are required to take and pass a physical and drug screen.