Springfield, IL – Applications for becoming an Illinois State Police (ISP) Trooper are
continually accepted by the ISP Merit Board. Officials with the ISP are encouraging those
individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement to visit the ISP Merit Board
website to complete an application for employment.
The ISP is committed to continue to be one of the premier law enforcement agencies in
the country. We provide cutting-edge training in a variety of law enforcement functions.
Initially, all ISP Academy graduates are assigned to patrol; however, Troopers have the
opportunity to transition to one of the many specialty functions within our agency.
Opportunities include crime scene investigations; SWAT; and becoming a pilot, K-9
officer, investigator, motorcycle officer, or safety education officer on patrol to name a
Anyone with questions about becoming an ISP officer can contact Sergeant
Elbert Jennings or Special Agent Melissa Uhles. Sergeant Jennings can be reached by
telephone at (217) 785-4370 or email at Elbert_Jennings@isp.state.il.us. Special Agent
Uhles can be reached by telephone at (618) 346-3482 or email at
, and for more information about the application process, please visit the ISP