Unit Supervisor Lieutenant Drake Sterling

Lieutenant Drake Sterling

Zionsville Police Department is NOW HIRING lateral transfers to the position of Patrolman.


To be eligible for this program, the applicant must not be removed from their previous full-time law enforcement position for more than one year at the time of the application submission. 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 Law Enforcement Academy Certification either from ILEA or a comparable academy/certification body. This is to include states other than Indiana. Upon being hired, out of state laterals will be required to meet the ILEA waiver requirements as governed by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board.  

Lateral Transfers

Zionsville Police Department has the option to reward lateral transfers with any of the following. All considerations for these benefits are at the discretion of the Chief of Police and will be awarded commensurate to experience.

1) Pay increase upon hire to “Officer 1” pay scale

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/special 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/Projected Schedule of Events

February 8th, 2019 - Applications Close

February 25th and 26th, 2019 - Lateral Testing and Interviews

March 1st – 22nd – Background Investigations

March 25th – April 5th – Polygraph Testing, Chief’s Interviews, , Police Board Approval, Conditional Offers of Employment

April 8th – 19th – PERF testing, Physical Testing, Psychological Testing, Etc.

Mid-Late May – Projected Start Date

Applications can be accessed HERE

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.

2019 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) – $61,200.17
  • 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
  • Town Fully-Funded PERF 77 Retirement Fund
  • 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