Unit Supervisor Lieutenant Drake Sterling

Lieutenant Drake Sterling
Zionsville Police Department has an immediate opening for the position of Police Officer

Zionsville Police Department is now accepting Applications from Non-Certified and Lateral transfers meeting the minimum qualifications (see below).  .

Lateral Transfer Information

To be eligible for the lateral entry program, the applicant must not be removed from the previous law enforcement position for more than one year at the time of the accepted application. Employment previously held may include any local, county, state, and/or school police that enforces state law and has arrest powers. Applicants will also be required to have current certification through ILEA, or must be a successful applicant to the ILEA WAIVER REQUIREMENT process.

What the Zionsville Police Department has to offer lateral transfers:

1) Pay increase upon hire to “Officer 1” pay scale. (With Chief approval)
2) Potential accelerated Field Training Program (case by case basis based on experience and completion rate of the FTO manual)
3) Shortened recruiting process, quicker entry to position
4) Access to Extra Duty Details at the completion of FTO
5) Take home vehicle at completion of the first rotation of the FTO process
6) Training opportunities available immediately after FTO, not otherwise offered to previously non-certified recruits (at discretion of   
     the training coordinator)
7) Potential early access to department specialty units
8) Access to stipend pays at the beginning of the budget cycle following hire


Important Dates:

Applications Close August 31, 2018
Lateral Testing and Interviews September 13th, 2018
Non-Certified Applicant Written and Physical Testing September 22, 2018
Non-Certified Applicant Interviews October 4-5, 2018 


Applications are available in the link below.  To apply, follow the link, print, and fill out the application.  Applications can be mailed or delivered in person to Zionsville Police Department

Applications will not be accepted after August 31, 2018


About Zionsville Police Department

Zionsville Police Department currently employees 35 full-time sworn police officers. The manpower is spread between the Uniformed Services Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. The Uniformed Services Division is responsible for traffic and criminal patrol, calls of citizen complaints, and ensuring the general safety of the town. The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for the investigation of any crimes committed and reported within the town.

Zionsville Police Department aims to provide its employees with a safe working environment, excellent training, and professional development opportunities. Below are some of the special assignments that Zionsville Police Department offers or participates in:

  • Special Response Team (S.W.A.T.)
  • Honor Guard
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Certified Instructors
  • School Resource Officers  (S.R.O.)
  • Undercover Narcotics
  • Field Training Officer (F.T.O.)
  • Car Seat Technician
  • K-9 Unit
  • Crisis Negotiation Team (C.N.T.)
  • Bike Patrol
  • Crime Scene Investigator (C.S.I.)
  • Public Information Officer (P.I.O.)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a high school graduate
  • Shall possess an Indiana Driver’s License or have the ability to obtain one if a conditional offer of employment is extended
  • Shall be a U.S. Citizen
  • Shall be at least 21 years of age, and not have reached age 36 by date of hire if not enrolled in PERF 77. Military personnel who have 20 years of credible service have the maximum age requirement waived to 40 years and 6 months 
  • If offered a position, candidate must obtain residence within a contiguous county to Boone County, Indiana within 180 days
  • Correctable Vision to 20/30 in each eye
Immediate Disqualifiers

  • No Marijuana or Derivative use within past 3 years
  • No Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Barbiturates, Cocaine, Anabolic Steroids within past 5 years
  • No LSD, PCP, XTC or any designer drug within past 7 years
  • No history of Opium/Heroin, injection of any controlled substance, or manufacturing, cultivating, transporting, brokered, or having sold controlled substance
  • No conviction for domestic violence related offenses
  • No conviction for OWI within the past 5 years
  • No pending misdemeanor or felony cases
  • No dishonorable discharge from the military
  • No more than 3 moving violations or two preventable crashes in the past 3 years
  • Must not falsify or omit any part of the employment application
  • Must not falsify, fabricate, or fail to report job related information
  • No felonies committed as an adult, juvenile cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • Recent or excessive license suspension or revocations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

This is not a comprehensive list. Other immediate disqualifiers may exist and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

2018 Salary and Benefits

Salary Increases and Base Pay are determined by yearly performance evaluations

  • Probationary Officer: (<1 Year Experience) – $47,700.00
  • Patrolman I:  (1-2 Years Experience) – $53,000.00
  • Patrolman II: (2+ Years Experience) – $58,279.63
  • Take Home Vehicle  (Chief's discretion)
  • Equipment Provided
  • Yearly Uniform Allowance
  • Special Overtime Details (as available)
  • Unique Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance Packages Available
  • Town Matching 457B
  • PERF 77 Retirement Package
  • Retirements Savings Plan
  • Paid Vacation
  • Ongoing Training
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Specialized Units
  • On-Site Physical Fitness Facility

Physical Agility Requirements (per Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Exit Standards)

Applicants will be tested during the hiring process to ensure compliance with ILEA Exit Standards

                             1.5 Mile Run                                                                                                  16 min 28 seconds

                              Vertical Jump                                                                                                              16 Inches

                              Push-Ups                                                                                                                                 25

                              Sit-Ups (1 minute)                                                                                                                   29

                              300 Meter Run                                                                                                          71 seconds

For questions, contact Lieutenant Drake Sterling