Official website for the City of Aurora, Illinois. Mayor Robert J. O'Connor

Aurora Police Department Recruiting

Tradition, Courage, Passion, Service, Pride

Do you have what it takes to become one of us? Tradition, Courage, Passion, Service, Pride...they’re not just words, they’re our character. The Aurora Police Department serves the second largest city in Illinois, and law enforcement in Aurora traces its roots back over 150 years. We currently have 289 sworn officers, and have the following great opportunities for specialization and career development available:

  • Uniformed Patrol
  • Community Policing Unit
  • Investigations
  • Special Operations Group (gang suppression, intelligence, vice, narcotics)
  • Evidence
  • Traffic
  • Training
  • Special Response Team (part time)

In addition, we also have voluntary Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums units.

The Aurora Police Department offers great pay and benefits, as well as an excellent work environment. Additionally, the part of the country we are situated in (40 miles west of Chicago in the beautiful Fox River Valley) has a very competitive cost of living relative to other metropolitan areas of the country. In fact, for the second time in a row, Money Magazine listed Aurora as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in its August 2008 edition. In making that determination, Money Magazine considers data on housing affordability, job growth, education quality, public safety and recreational opportunities, among other things. We are an equal opportunity employer.

We’re always on the lookout for the best law enforcement applicants in the country to come work for us. In order to apply, you must meet the following standards:

  • The applicant must be at least twenty (20) and under thirty-five (35) years of age at
    the time of written examination but must be at least twenty-one (21) and under
    thirty-six (36) years of age at time of appointment.
  • The applicant must be a United States citizen.
  • The applicant must be able to pass physical agility standards for a police officer as
    established by the Illinois Training and Standards Board at the time of the written
    test during the application process. Vision must be 20/20 with both eyes open or
    correctable to 20/20 with corrective lenses.
  • The applicant must be able to pass a thorough background check.
  • The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of testing.
  • The applicant must have achieved a high school diploma with a grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 (or an equivalent on a scale with a maximum grade point average other than 4.0), or a G.E.D with a minimum composite score of no less than 2480 points, or at least sixteen (16) hours of college credit with a grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 (or an equivalent on a scale with a maximum grade point average other than 4.0) regardless of high school grade point average or G.E.D. composite score.

The Aurora Police Department eligibility list will remain in effect for one year. See Frequently Asked Questions for the next test dates and location, as well as for other FAQs and recruitment information. If you have any additional questions regarding employment opportunities with the Aurora Police Department and/or our application and testing process, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the following people:

Office of Professional Standards / Training Division lieutenant
(630) 256-5003

Training Division Sergeant
(630) 256-5011

Backgrounds & Recruiting Officer
(630) 256-5014

Civil Service Commission
Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
(630) 256-3436