Join the Rockford Police Department

Please thoroughly read all the provided information on our Rockford Police Department Recruiting page before inquiring with a question that can be answered via our website.

If you are looking for a career with one of the largest police agencies in the State of Illinois, please review the information presented here and/or contact our recruiter at 779-500-6628 or recruiter@rockfordil.gov. From the initial date of application, through the entire recruiting process, our recruiters will be available for questions or advice.

Verified applicants will be notified of when to register for the physical assessment written exam and M-Pulse by the recruiting department. No one will be allowed to schedule until after the application period closes and the recruiting department verifies applications.

Job Interest Card

The Rockford Police Department application process for lateral transfer officers is now open through January 30, 2019.

2019 Lateral Application

2019 Lateral Transfers Guide

Entry Level application will open March 1, 2019

2018 Recruiting Booklet

Additional Information

2019 Police Study Guide

Please click here to download the Medical Screening Form

Ride-Along-Guidelines-Application-Liability-Release-Evaluation – October 2017

Internship Program


General Information

An applicant for the police officer position should be aware that the Rockford Police Department works three ten-hour shifts in the Patrol Division:

  • 6:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • 4:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.
  • 9:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.

Upon completion of the training program you will be assigned to a patrol shift. Once a year you will have the opportunity to bid for the shift of your choice. Assignments to the shifts will be determined by seniority.


The City of Rockford is an Equal Opportunity Employer