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Divisions within the Lincoln Police Department.

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The City of Lincoln Police Department is accepting applications for Police Officers. The Lincoln Fire and Police Commission has open testing for Entry Level (New Hires) and is also accepting applications for Lateral Hires. Please see below.

Our new, state of the art, police station is home to 28 officers that support SRO, K9, general and narcotics investigators, and crime scene technicians. LPD Officers are provided with high quality equipment and training.



  • Must be United States Citizen.
  • Must be 21 to 35 years of age. (Military Veterans have extensions per state law)
  • Must possess High School Diploma or GED.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Residency within surrounding counties.
  • New employees must remain employed for 2 years or be required to reimburse for certain expenses.



  • Starting Salary for Entry Level (New Hires) is $51,500, Certified Salary $56,650 and Lateral Hires is $69,519 (Eff 5/1/23).
  • 12-Hour Schedule
  • Health, vision, dental and life insurance.
  • Vacation, PTO, Sick Time, Comp Time (x2)
  • Holiday pay for certain holidays.
  • Downstate Pension Plan/Article 3
  • College Reimbursement(BA/BS) while employed.
  • Officers provided all equipment and required clothing.
  • Take Home fleet program for those residing within City limits.
  • Residency has been expanded to surrounding counties, Dewitt, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Sangamon, and Tazewell.


The City of Lincoln utilizes two lists for hiring new personnel:  Enty Level List and Lateral Hire List



The Lincoln Police & Fire Commission is conducting testing for the position of Entry Level (New Hire) Police Officer.  Please submit an Application to the Lincoln Police Department, in person, or by mail, at 710 5th Street, Lincoln, IL 62656, or email the application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


pdf Entry Level Flyer

pdf Entry Level Application


Testing Process

  1. Written Test - testing is conducted through National Testing Network and must be completed by June 1, 2023, by 5:00PM.  There is a $50 fee to take the written test with National Testing Network.
  2. Orientation - To Be Determined
  3. Oral Interview - To Be Determined

Please check frequently for changes on dates and times.

All passing applicants will be scored based on the written test and oral interviews on a preliminary list.  Military points can be added and a final list will be established.  

To be hired from the Entry Level list as as police officer, applicants will be have to pass the following:


  • Comprehensive Background Investigation
  • Psychological Test
  • Polygraph
  • Drug Testing/Medical Exam


If you are hired by the Lincoln Police Department then we will send you to the necessary training required by State law.  You can also complete the training on your own at a certified police training academy in Illinois.  list of training facilities can be found on the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board website. Please note that academies in Illinois require you to pass the ILETSB POWER Test prior to admission. Failure to pass the POWER test will result in immediate termination. Please review the POWER test requirements prior to application.


If you are certified as a law enforcement officer in another state you may qualify for a transition course through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to gain your Illinois certification.    More information can be found on the ILESTB website



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If you would like to be informed of the next New Hire test date, please fill out the form below.

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Lateral Entry - If you are currently employed by another law enforcement agency inside of Illinois for the prior 2 years of the date of employment, you may qualify for Lateral Entry.  You can complete an application and submit it to the Lincoln Police Department at anytime.  Applications will be kept on file until our next test.   

pdf Lateral Entry Flyer

pdfLateral Entry Application


Testing Process

  1. Applications Due -  Accepting Applications Now!
  2. Oral Interview - To be scheduled.  Please bring Highschool and College transcripts, birth certificate, and DD Form 214 if you have military experience.

To be hired from the lateral list for the police officer opening, applicants will be have to pass the following:

  • Comprehensive Background Investigation
  • Psychological Test
  • Polygraph
  • Drug Testing/Medical Exam



If you are seeking employment as a dispatcher or correctional employee, please contact Logan County Sheriff's Office at (217)732-4159.

The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Employer 


The Emergency Response Team is composed of Lincoln Police Officers. These officers have advanced training and specialize in special tactics and weapons.


The Emergency Response Team trains monthly learning new tactics and maintaining their proficiency in current tactics.

Our training consists of residential room clearing, school rapid deployments, large facility room clearing, vehicle clearing, weapons, less lethal weapons, and other advanced techniques.

The team is prepared for a terrorist incident with training on breathing apparatuses and biochemical suits. 

The Emergency Response Team is currently ready for a major incident. However we hope that we are never needed.

Our Patrol Division consists of 20 sworn officers.


New Patrol CarThese officers use several unmarked police cars and marked police cars to patrol. These vehicles consist of Dodge Chargers, Ram Pickups, and Dodge Durangos. The Department has been transitioning to 4-wheel drive vehicles due to inclement weather like snow and heavy rains.


Most of our vehicles are equipped with Video Cameras, RADAR, and Mobile Data Computers. Our mobile data computers are connected to a statewide system implemented by the Illinois Central Management Services called the Illinois Wireless Information Network(IWIN). We also utilize Appriss AVRS program in the car for crash reporting to the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Citizens can download crash reports utilizing BuyCrash.com.


Our patrol officers are trained in several areas, but being a small department each of our officers take on specialized duties to help further services to our citizens. For example, we have three officers that participate in Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) and teach in our schools. We also have officers that take care of our fleet of vehicles and some that do specialized training in weapons and tactics.


Our patrol force is always available and we always have a police officer available for calls in the Lincoln Area. Please call (217)732-2151 if you have a request for any law enforcement service.

fingerprintThe Criminal Investigation Division (CID) investigates major crimes committed in the Lincoln Area. We currently have two full time sergeants assigned to general investigations and two full time officer assigned to narcotic investigations. If you have any questions or have any investigative leads that a detective needs to know, please contact them.

Crimes are committed everyday and there is always someone that may have information about a crime in our community. If you do not want to reveal yourself, do to personal reasons, please contact Crimestoppers to give information anonymously. Any information that you may have could be very beneficial to an investigation and could help to solve a crime and make our community safer.


To contact our Criminal Investigation Division:

Lincoln Police Department
Attn: CID
710 5th St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Phone: (217)732-2151

Police Chief

Chief of Police
Joe Meister

Appointed January 3, 2023

Contact the Chief of Police

Deputy Chief
Matt Comstock

Appointed January 3, 2023

Contact the Deputy Chief of Police


Susan Pegram
Administrative Assistant


History of the Lincoln Police Department

Police News

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Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


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Joe Meister

emailLincoln Police Department
710 5th Street
Lincoln, IL 62656








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