City Announces Opportunity for Residents to Participate on Police Officer Interview Panel

Champaign Police are seeking residents interested in serving our community and providing valuable input in the hiring of new police officers. Applications are now open to participate as a resident panelist in the hiring of new officers for the Champaign Police Department. Selected applicants will volunteer to serve on the Chief’s interview panel and provide feedback to Chief of Police Timothy T. Tyler regarding each candidate applying to serve as a Champaign Police Officer.

Community members on the interview panel will meet with each applicant and participate in structured panel interviews to assess each candidate’s qualifications. Time commitments will vary based on need, but volunteers are asked to commit at least one day per month to participate in interviews.

Volunteers must reside within the Champaign city limits and be at least 21 years of age. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in a supervisory or leadership role; exhibiting knowledge of issues related to local police-community relations; demonstrated ability to be objective in reviewing job applicants; and experience hiring or evaluating employees. Interview training must also be completed with the City’s Human Resources Department prior to serving on a panel.

To apply, go to, download and complete the application, and submit it by email to Assistant to the Police Chief for Community Services Joe Lamberson ([email protected]). Applications can also be dropped off or mailed to the Champaign Police Department at 82 E. University Ave., Champaign, IL 61820.

Residents with questions or about this volunteer opportunity should contact Karen Hampton in the City’s Human Resources Department at 217-403-8770 or [email protected].