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University of Illinois Police officers enjoy a unique law enforcement experience with opportunities for advancement in a vibrant community. Join our team.

Looking for unique opportunities? We have those.
A complete law enforcement experience? Yep.
Salary and great benefits? We’ve got you covered.

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UIPD officers choose from a variety of opportunities.

Getting hired at UIPD is just the beginning of your law enforcement career. Any number of opportunities await.

Click below to hear from members of our department about their specialized work or watch an accessible version of these recordings on YouTube.



Crime prevention unit

Bomb squad

ATV unit

K-9 Unit

Bike unit


Crime scene unit


UIPD officers are fully-sworn and enjoy a unique experience.

Officer at football game

Our mission is to maintain a safe community environment where education, research and public service can flourish. Our values of justice, respect and integrity have their foundation in the community-based ideals of public safety.

Our officers are fully-sworn, and the University of Illinois Police Department is a 24-hour operation. The department is accredited through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, and we offer all the traditional police services like patrol, emergency response, investigations and crime prevention. We also offer some additional services uniquely tailored to meet the needs of our campus community.

The University of Illinois Police Department maintains high expectations of its sworn and non-sworn staff and is recognized as one of the premier university police departments in the country. Its officers boast a unique law enforcement experience as well as unique challenges, working with a diverse student and staff population and members of the Champaign-Urbana community.

UIPD takes pride in being a leader in community-based, progressive approaches toward law enforcement. The department supports its officers and encourages them to introduce creative and innovative ways to promote public safety, engage the community and be a leader on campus.

UIPD officers are well compensated for their work.

As university employees, police officers at UIPD receive a competitive salary and a strong benefits package, including:


  • $66,913 base pay for new officers
  • $72,820 after the first year
  • $83,969 with four years of service
  • As much as $10,000 to $15,000 annually in overtime
  • Additional seniority step increases

Including overtime, an officer with four years’ experience at UIPD can earn more than $90,000.


  • Flexible work schedule with 3-4 days off per week
  • Additional paid time off
  • Health, life, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents
  • Pension through State Universities Retirement System
  • Supplementary tax-deferred retirement plans

Tuition waiver

Employees receive a 100% tuition waiver for themselves at any state school in Illinois, a great benefit for those looking to continue their education. Employees with seven years of service receive a 50% tuition waiver for their children at any state university, making UIPD the perfect choice for young families.

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