Chicago Police Department
The City of Chicago is currently seeking qualified Police Officer candidates for the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) upcoming 2023 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.
To provide candidates with the most flexibility, The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department will be offering online computer-based testing options. You can take the exam at testing centers throughout the nation or even from your home.
Officers receive a competitive starting salary of $56,040 that increases to $84,522 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.
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 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.
Licensure, Certification, or Other Qualifications
The City of Chicago may grant preference in processing to qualified applicants who meet the criteria, providing the preference is not superseded by collective bargaining agreement. Failure to answer the question AND attach the required documentation will result in the candidate not being considered for any preference listed below:
1. 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. 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 before other qualified applicants for approved vacant positions. To apply, please visit the following link:
2. VETERANS PREFERENCE: 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 they are a veteran by answering "YES" or "NO" to the question on the online application AND attach one of the following documents:
3. CPS 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 AND attach one of the following documents:
4. CPFTA PREFERENCE: Qualified candidates that have successfully completed the Chicago Police and Fire Training Academy may be granted preference for an entry position for the sworn Police or uniformed Fire Department position. To receive the CPFTA preference, candidates need to indicate whether they graduated from the program by answering "YES" or "NO" to the question on the online application. Candidates must also attach their certificate of completion for consideration.
ENTRANCE EXAM PROCESS:
This position requires applicants to successfully pass an entrance exam. The City will invite applicants who completed the online application or walk-in application to participate in the entrance exam. Applicants may choose from the following testing options:
In Person Testing Options: City Colleges of Chicago
Computer-based Testing Options: 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.
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:
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.
If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 or . Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.
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 Sunday, December 31, 2023. No exceptions will be made.
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The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer
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City of Chicago Chicago Police Department
Lori E. Lightfoot David O'Neal Brown