We are not accepting applications at this time.
The current Certified Correctional Officer List will expire on April 2nd, 2015.
- Testing Process
- Written Test
- Long Application
- Personality Evaluation
- Physical Ability Test
- Polygraph Exam
- In-Depth Background Investigation
- Oral Interviews
- Post Employment Training Information
- U.S. Citizen
- 21 Years of Age
- Valid Driver’s License
- High School or GED Graduate
- No felony or certain misdemeanor convictions from any jurisdiction
- Must establish residency in Will County within 2 years from date of appointment.
You may download an application from the end of this website or they are available to pick up at the following locations:
- Will County Sheriff’s Merit Commission - Map to Location ( )
57 N. Ottawa, Suite 502, Joliet, IL
- Will County Adult Detention Facility - Map to Location ( )
95 S. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL
- Will County Sheriff’s Office, Will County Courthouse - Map to Location ( )
14 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL
- Will County Sheriff’s Police - Map to Location ( )
2402 E. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL
- Will County Sheriff’s Police Substation - Map to Location ( )
1928 W Exchange Street, Crete, IL
A written test, physical agility test, a 32-page long application, personality evaluation screening, a polygraph exam, an in-depth background investigation, and an interview with the Will County Merit Commission Board. After you successfully pass the test and interview you are placed on a certified list of applicants. Once certified you will be interviewed by the Warden and his administrative staff, and have a personal interview with the Sheriff. You will then be sent for a full medical exam including a drug-screening test before being hired.
The written test component for the position of Correctional Officer is designed to measure the applicant’s proficiency in the following areas:
- Reading Comprehension
- Problem Solving
- Report Writing
A grade of 70% for EACH section is necessary for the applicant to pass and continue with the testing process.
The applicant will be given a 32 page long application to completely fill out with all personal information as well as references and employment history for the past 10 years, this document also has to be notarized. An appointment time will be given to each applicant. At this time the applicant will meet with an investigator to go over the long application. Additionally the applicant will be photographed, fingerprinted, fill out additional information sheets, and turn in copies of their Birth Certificate, High School or GED diploma, Social Security Card, Drivers License and FOID Card.
Applicant will be given an information sheet to make an appointment for their personality evaluation. The results of this test is a recommended or not recommended. Applicant must be recommended to continue in the process.
- PAT Searches: The candidate will perform 10 PAT searches. Tape will be put on a wall in the pattern of an “X” to approximate the location of a person’s arms, ankles, and torso. Candidates will begin by touching the tape simulating a person’s arms and legs, returning to the torso between each touch.
- First Emergency Call: A test monitor will inform the candidates that an emergency is taking place on the 2nd floor. The monitor will instruct the candidate to “GO”. At this time, the candidate will begin the 68-second run. The candidate will run down the hallway and up a flight of stairs to the second floor. Time will be stopped. At that time there will be a 60-second rest period. Time will start upon being instructed to “GO.” The applicant will descend the stairs to the first floor and run back down the hallway toward the dummy. The candidate will move a dummy weighing approximately 150 pounds past a line 5 feet away. Timing will be stopped when the entire dummy passes over the line. The total time of the first run and second run will be added together. This is a pass or fail test.
Applicant will be given information to make an appointment for their polygraph exam. Applicant must pass polygraph exam to continue in the process.
A mail-out is completed from the Long Application. An investigator conducts a background investigation on applicant and writes up a report.
Applicant will be scheduled for interviews and must pass all interviews in order to be hired.
Once the applicant is hired as a Will County Correctional Officer, he / she will receive the following training:
- Five weeks of Basic Corrections Training at Peoria, Champaign or Sangamon Counties.
- Twelve weeks of in-house on the job training.
- Three weeks of Direct Supervision class, in-house.
- Forty hours of annual In-Service Training.
- After the initial training phase, the Correctional Officer will choose his / her assignment by rank seniority.
For any questions please contact: