Police Chief Search:
Recruitment of candidates and all-day assessments

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police assists municipalities, colleges, conservation districts, forest preserves, and units of local government that are looking for a new police chief.

The ILACP process incorporates a recruitment process and then a full day of group and individual exercises aimed at diagnosing candidates’ managerial, functional, and professional skills and competencies. Since this program began in 1996, we have assisted many communities in finding a highly qualified police chief. We have updated our materials to reflect changes in 21st century policing.

The ILACP is able provide the following services in the selection process for a new Police Chief:

  • Developing the specific job description unique for each community
  • Advertising the position and recruiting applicants
  • Reviewing the applications and following up to acquire detailed information about the applicants

All of this is done in close collaboration with local leaders, who know their community best!

Our all-day assessment process consists of:

  • Oral interviews
  • Role plays
  • Written exercises
  • Group exercise

These exercises allow us to examine “six dimensions of leadership” that are necessary to be a successful police chief in the 21st century. Those six dimensions are:

• Leadership
• Strategic Planning/Critical Thinking
• Oral Expression
• Written Expression
• Community Engagement/Interpersonal Skills
• Personnel Development/Training of Staff

After this extensive evaluation, the Assessment Team presents the municipality or college a detailed report with a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the finalists.

This process has been useful to many communities that are seeking a highly qualified police chief.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (217) 523-3765 or EMAIL [email protected].

ILACP Executive Director Ed Wojcicki will provide you with more details about this process and how you can get started.