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Illinois State Police Sgt. Quillard Skinner (left) watches over Trooper Jarran Riley as he shoots during a quarterly qualifying drill Thursday at the Illinois State Police District 17 shooting range in La Salle. NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
Illinois State Police Trooper Robert A. Matos replied frankly when asked why he likes his job so much.
“What’s not to like?” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do this. You get to put bad guys in jail and help good people.”
State police are looking for more just like him.
The state police Merit Board has announced that, through Nov. 19, online applications are being accepted to join the ranks of state troopers.
The board independently governs the application and selection process for candidate pools on behalf of the Illinois State Police. The last time application process opened was in 2011, resulting in 1,232 applications.
“Open enrollment for Illinois state trooper is an important step to ensuring the agency’s mission to serve and protect the citizens of Illinois is met by selecting the most qualified pool of applicants,” said Ronald Cooley, executive director of the ISP Merit Board.
ISP currently has a cadet class in training at the ISP Academy. Two additional cadet classes are expected in 2013, and the applicants selected from this open enrollment will be eligible for one of those classes and any future classes projected for 2014.
“The ISP is seeking out talented, diverse individuals who will reflect the agency’s mission and who will serve all Illinois communities with integrity, service and pride,” said ISP director Hiram Grau.
ISP also recognizes the value that veterans bring to the agency. Recent legislation was passed to allow veterans who have been honorably discharged, and who have been awarded an Afghan or Iraqi campaign medal by the military or naval services of the United States, deemed to have met the collegiate educational requirements when applying to become a state trooper.
The Merit Board has streamlined the process to make it easy for applicants to apply on-line. By clicking on the link www.illinoistrooper.com, online application, applicants will be directed to the Public Safety Recruitment website to complete an application for the Trooper position.
Applicants are asked to use the website only and not place calls or make walk-in visits to District 17 headquarters in La Salle.