Recruiting

Unit Supervisor Lieutenant Drake Sterling

Lieutenant Drake Sterling
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

Zionsville Police Pre-App

For questions, contact Lieutenant Drake Sterling