CORRECTIONAL OFFICER EMPLOYMENT

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We accept applications year round for this position. Applicants will receive notice of test dates when set. An application can be completed using the link at the bottom of this page.

Correctional Officer Applications
Are now being accepted

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
JUNE 19, 2021 - PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST
JUNE 26, 2021 - WRITTEN EXAM

 

The Physical Agility test will take place on June 19th, 2021 and the Written Exam will take place on June 26th, 2021 at Woodstock North High School located at 3000 Raffel Road in Woodstock. Doors will open at 8:00 A.M.  You are expected to be there and signed in by 8:10 A.M. You will be required to show a State issued photo ID to check in. 

If you are planning on testing with us, you must submit your application and ALL required paperwork and return it to the address stated by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11th, 2021.  DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE EXAM.  When all application materials are received, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.

If you have any questions on the Correctional Employee Testing process, please feel free to contact us at...

CorrectionsEmployeeTesting@mchenrycountyil.gov

 

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER Lateral Applications:

Applicants that are currently employed as a full-time correctional officer and/or certified law enforcement officer in a Sheriff's Department, Police Department and/or other Law Enforcement agency, are in good standing in their department, successfully completed training that complies with the Illinois law (200 hours Police Training Institute) as to minimum standards for certification as a full-time corrections officer the definition of which includes, but is not limited to, the authority to carry firearms, and have completed the probationary period with the agency in which the applicant received their certification can apply for placement on the eligibility list at any time.  All applicants accepted for lateral transfer must pass the POWER test and must complete a state approved corrections academy within 6 months of the transfer (if applicable). Applicants approved by the Sheriff or designee shall be placed on the Eligibility List for a period of one year or until a new testing date has been administered.    

Lateral Application Form

Lateral Transfer Guidelines

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO APPLY:

  • Applicant must be 21 years of age at hiring.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen.
  • Applicant must possess a valid driver's license.
  • FOID Card: Applicant must possess or have the ability to obtain a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) upon employment. Apply for a FOID online at https://www.ispfsb.com/ 
  • Applicant must live in McHenry County or any bordering Illinois counties, or Kenosha/Walworth counties in Wisconsin, within one year of hiring.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR EMPLOYMENT:

  • Completed Sheriff's Department Application
  • Copy of Valid Driver's License
  • Copy of Valid FOID - Firearm Owner's Identification Card
  • Copy of Birth Certificate / US Citizenship Paperwork
  • Copy of High School Diploma/GED
  • Copy of High School Transcripts
  • Copy of College Diploma (If applicable)
  • Copy of College Transcripts (If applicable)
  • Copy of Military Discharge DD214 papers (if applicable)

In order to be placed on the Corrections Hiring Eligibility List, an applicant must turn in the above required paperwork and complete each of the following:

 

STEP #1 - PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (POWER TEST):

-Based upon the state mandated POWER test standards. Applicants must be dressed appropriately and wear gym shoes for participating in the Physical Ability Test. 

 

MEN

WOMEN

Age Group

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

Sit & Reach

16

15

13.8

12.8

18.8

17.8

16.8

16.3

1 Minute Sit-Up

37

34

28

23

31

24

19

13

Max Bench Press %

0.98

0.87

0.79

0.70

0.58

0.52

0.49

0.43

1.5 Mile Run

13.46

14.31

15.24

16.21

16.21

16.52

17.53

18.44

 

Those applicants interested in taking the POWER Test before ours is hosted in lieu of ours, can sign up to take the test with NIPSTA - The Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy. Their website and payment information can be found at:www.nipsta.org. If you choose to take the POWER TEST with NIPSTA and pass, you will be issued a POWER TEST card valid for one year. A copy of this card needs to be faxed to (815)334-3031 in order to bypass our in-house POWER TEST.

PLEASE NOTE:  You will be required to take the POWER TEST before a Conditional Offer of Employment is given.

 

STEP #2 - WRITTEN EXAMINATION:

The Written Exam is The National Corrections Officer Selection Test (NCST). It is a three-part exam based upon general knowledge.  Candidates must receive a cumulative passing score of 70%:  Problem Solving, Report Writing, and Reading Comprehension. You do not need prior law enforcement knowledge to pass

 

STEP #3 - ORAL INTERVIEW:

Interviews are conducted by the Corrections Administration.

After placement on the Corrections Hiring Eligibility List, an applicant must successfully complete any additional procedures as may be required by the Sheriff of McHenry County at his/her sole discretion (including, but not limited to, background investigation, physical examination, drug screening examination, and criminal history check). The applicants on the Eligibility List are not ranked but are listed in alphabetical order. The Sheriff may hire any person on the Eligibility List as he/she deems appropriate. The Eligibility List is valid for one year.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT APPLICATION FORM

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