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CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
The City of Chicago is currently seeking qualified Police Officer candidates for the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) upcoming 2021/2022 academy classes. Chicago has the second-largest Police Department in the nation, with over 12,000 officers dedicated to protecting the lives, property, and rights of all people. We accomplish this through professionalism, innovation, and a progressive approach to community relational policing.
In order to provide candidates with the most flexibility, The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department will host multiple options to take the Chicago Police Officer Entrance Exam. Candidates can attend in person police officer exams throughout the Chicagoland area in October and December at select City of Chicago College locations. Interested individuals between the ages of 18 and 39 can apply in advance or just show up in person to take the exam. We are providing flexible dates over multiple weekends and multiple times with quick results to get you through the hiring process and on the job! Prefer to take the exam at home? We are offering computer-based testing options throughout the first half of November. You can take the exam at testing centers throughout the nation or even from your home.
We are seeking Chicago area residents who are proud to be a part of their community and keep it safe for everyone.
Officers receive a competitive starting salary of $53,340 that increases to $80,448 annually after just 18 months. Benefits include regularly scheduled salary increases, city-subsidized medical and dental insurance, holidays, tuition reimbursement, and retirement savings and pension plans.
Officers have lateral and promotional opportunities in numerous divisions within the department in the areas of investigations, technology, forensics, community relations, youth investigations, bomb, SWAT, Marine and Helicopter, and many more. Regardless of the assignment, you will work in an environment that fosters leadership, teamwork, and service to the community. You will have the freedom to shape your career as well as the camaraderie of being part of a world class team of law enforcement professionals. CPD is a Department that prides itself on professionalism, community-oriented policing, technology, and intelligence-led crime reduction efforts. You will have access to continuous opportunities for training and advancement throughout your career.
No prior law enforcement experience is required to join. Upon employment, you will attend our 6-month paid police academy which will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career.
The Chicago Police Department is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and looks for candidates that reflect our communities' broad cross-sections. We are seeking effective problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and good communicators with the ability to interact with all members of the community and perform the role safely, effectively, and following local, state, and federal law as well as CPD policy and procedures.
APPLICATION PERIOD: Monday, September 13, 2021, 12:01 AM (00:01) Central Standard Time (CST) through Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM (23:59) Central Standard time (CST) with options to test paper and pencil in person October 21-23, via computer November 1-10, 12-13, or paper and pencil in person December 2-4. (Note: if you have already applied prior to September 12th for the online exam in November you do not need to reapply. You will be sent an email asking you for your preferred date and time).
NOTE: if you applied for, took, and passed a Chicago Police Officer Entrance exam in 2021 you DO NOT need to apply for any of these administrations.
Police officers are responsible for collaborating closely with the community to preserve peace and promote public safety. Police officers work for citizens' benefit by protecting the life and property from harm and maintaining order. The police officer accomplishes this mission through his or her presence and the enforcement of Federal, State, and Municipal laws as necessary.
Essential duties of the position include:
NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive, there may be other duties that are essential to this position.
HIRING / PRE-EMPLOYMENT PROCESS:
Upon completing an application, the City will invite individuals who meet the minimum qualifications to the entrance exam. The Candidates passing the entrance exam are placed on the Police Officer referral list in random lottery order. As vacancies become available, Candidates in lottery order will be notified by the Office of Public Safety Administration to complete the next steps in the hiring process. We expect to contact Candidates who pass the exam regarding the post-exam steps approximately 2-4 weeks from their exam date. The full hiring process takes between 4-9 months.
The selection process includes the following steps:
- Entrance exam
- Police Officer Processing Day
- Background investigations
- Medical examination
- State required physical abilities assessment (POWER) Test
- Psychological examination
- Drug screen
- P.O.W.E.R. Test- For more information about the P.O.W.E.R. test, please visit the following website:
- Other pre-employment procedures as determined by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department.
Additional information about the selection process can be found on the Chicago Police Department's website:
ENTRANCE EXAM PROCESS:
This position requires applicants to successfully pass an entrance exam. The City will invite the Applicants who completed the online application or walk-in application to participate in the entrance exam.
Exam Registration Information
Test Dates and Locations:
Applicants may choose from the following dates and locations (multiple times available):
In Person Testing Options
October Exam Sessions - held in person at City Colleges
December Exam Sessions - held in person at City Colleges
Computer-based Testing Options
November Exam Sessions - Pearson VUE will administer the Chicago Police Officer Examination in two test delivery options.
- The City will consider requests to reschedule to another session for life events that have the required supporting documentation but are not guaranteed.
POLICE ACADEMY: Applicants who meet all hiring requirements and pass all the pre-employment procedures are eligible to enter the Police Department's Education and Training Academy. Upon entry, applicants will become probationary Police Officers. Among other things, Probationary Police Officers receive physical, practical, and academic training on Chicago Police Department policies and procedures, community policing, the law, communication skills, strategies, tactics, professionalism, and how to use various law enforcement technologies. Probationary police Officers must complete and pass all training modules to graduate:
It is the applicant's responsibility to keep all contact information, including email address, updated with the City of Chicago through their CAREERS account. Please refer to the FAQs for information regarding the correspondences you should expect to receive and whom to contact if you have questions or concerns.
THIS POSITION IS CAREER SERVICE STATUS, WHICH IS OBTAINED AFTER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE 18-MONTH PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
Education, Training, and Experience:
-Candidates cannot enter the Police Academy until they reach the age of 21 and may not enter after the age of 40.
-At the time of entry into the Police Academy, candidates must meet the minimum education and/or military requirements listed below.
-To apply, applicants must be 18 years of age. The exam administrator will verify age at the time of the written exam. Candidates who have not reached the age of 18 will not be allowed to take the written examination.
-Pursuant to the Municipal Code of Chicago 2-152-410, the City appoints no person after the person's 40th birthday to a probationary Police Officer position.
*-If you reach your 40th birthday at any point in the hiring process before entering the Police Academy, you will be disqualified.
EDUCATION/MILITARY SERVICE: You must have at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university.
The City may waive the educational requirement if the Applicant has served three (3) continuous years (36 months) on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.
- The Applicant has completed at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university AND has served one (1) continuous year on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled or graduated with an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate program. If you received your degree internationally, a Foreign Credential Evaluation must accompany all international transcripts/diplomas. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, the City will withdraw any offer extended to you, and you will not be hired.
Licensure, Certification, or Other Qualifications
The City of Chicago may grant preference in processing to qualified applicants who meet the criteria for the following, providing the preference is not superseded by collective bargaining agreement:
CPFTA PREFERENCE NOTE
Qualified applicants that have successfully completed the Chicago Police and Fire Training Academy will be granted preference for an entry position for the sworn Police or uniformed Fire Department position, providing the preference is not superseded by a collective bargaining agreement. To qualify for the preference, the applicant must otherwise qualify for the job and must be eligible for the position. The preference granted under this section shall be in the form of preference in processing.
Applicants who qualify under this section will receive consideration before other qualified applicants for approved, vacant positions unless superseded by a collective bargaining agreement
LINE OF DUTY PREFERENCE
The City of Chicago offers a Line of Duty preference to qualified applicants who are immediate family members of sworn Police and uniformed Fire Department Personnel who died in the line of duty or who were immediate family members of individuals who have served on active duty with the Armed Forces of The United States, Illinois National Guard, or any reserve component of The United States who died in the line of duty in a combat zone will be granted preference for an entry sworn Police or uniformed Fire Department position, providing the preference is not superseded by a collective bargaining agreement.
The definition of an immediate family member, line of duty, and combat zone will be determined by the appropriate authorizing and governing bodies. To qualify for the preference, the applicant must otherwise be eligible for the job and be qualified for the position. The preference granted under this section shall be in the form of preference in processing. Applicants eligible for this section will be considered other qualified applicants for approved, vacant positions unless superseded by a collective bargaining agreement.
To apply, please visit the following link:
The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of The United States and have received an honorable or general discharge. The preference granted under this section shall be in the form of preference in processing. Eligible candidates must have at least six months (180 days) of active duty documented. To receive the veteran's preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering "YES" or "NO" to the question on the online application that asks,
"Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of The United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?"
To qualify for the Veterans Preference, you must attach one of the following documents,
1. DD214-Member Copy 4. The copy must include discharge status, which is found on the Member Copy
4. If you lost your DD214, you should contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.va.gov or (800) 827-1000.
2. A letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationery stating a minimum of 180 days of Active-Duty service and character of service. This letter must also include a copy of the applicant's Military ID.
3. Active military personnel must attach a letter from their Commanding Officer on official stationery verifying a minimum of 180 days Active Duty, length of service, and must include character of the service status in the Armed Forces of the United States. This letter must also include a copy of the applicant's Military ID.
Failure to answer the question AND attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for Veterans Preference.
The City of Chicago offers a CPS Graduate Preference to high school graduates from the Chicago Public School system. To receive the CPS Graduate Preference, candidates need to indicate whether they are a CPS high school graduate by answering "YES" or "NO" to the question on the online application that asks,
"Are you a high school graduate of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and do you want to be considered for this preference?"
Candidates are required to attach a copy of their Chicago Public High School diploma or high school transcripts indicating graduation from a Chicago Public High School.
General Education Development (GED) will not be accepted.
Failure to answer the question AND attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the CPS preference.
-This job announcement is not an offer of employment.
-Completion of any step or all steps in the police officer hiring process or placement on the pre-qualified applicant list does not guarantee employment and does not create any contractual rights or obligations. Disqualification of an applicant at any step in this hiring process may result in his/her removal from further consideration.
-At any time during the hiring process or during the life of the pre-qualified applicant list, the Department of Human Resources and the Chicago Police Department reserve the right to modify the selection process, the test schedule, and/or impose any additional tests, standards, or qualifications deemed appropriate to evaluate applicants for this position.
* Falsification or omission of information may subject you to disqualification and/or termination of employment and may be punishable as perjury as well as a violation of the Municipal Code of Chicago 2-74-095, which provides for a fine of up to $500.
- Any person appointed to the position of Police Officer with the City of Chicago will be required to maintain the ability needed to perform the essential duties of a Police Officer or will be subject to dismissal from the service of the City of Chicago according to the rules.
- The Municipal Code of Chicago 2-152-150 prohibits hiring anyone who owes any debt to the City of Chicago. You must reconcile any fees, fines, taxes, or other debts owed to the City before entering the Academy.
- Residency Requirement: Must be a city resident at the time of hire. All employees of the City must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City Chicago Municipal Code.
- Evaluation: Initial evaluation of your application will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with this application. The individual applicant must submit applications. The City will not accept second party applications.
Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm CDT on November 19, 2021. No exceptions will be made.
If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.
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The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer
Contact: for any additional questions.
City of Chicago Chicago Police Department
Lori E. Lightfoot David O'Neal Brown