Entry-Level Police Officer
Chicago Police Department
3510 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
Phone: 312-744-4976 or 311
Starting Salary: $48,078
($72,510 after 18 months)
Application Deadline: 10/16/17
CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Chicago Police Department, as part of, and empowered by, the community, is committed to protect the lives, property, and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the law impartially. We will provide quality police service in partnership with other members of the community. To fulfill our mission, we will strive to attain the highest degree of ethical behavior and professional conduct at all times. The Chicago Police Department is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce and is looking for candidates that have diverse life experience and reflect the diversity of our City. We are seeking candidates that are effective problem solvers, critical thinkers, and good communicators.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 12:01 AM (00:01) Central Standard Time (CST) through Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM (23:59) Central Standard Time (CST)
All applications must be completed online at:
For additional information, please review the Police Officer FAQs by accessing the following link.
The FAQs can be found under the “Alerts” section:
Under supervision, police officers are responsible for working closely with the community to preserve the peace and promote public safety. Police officers work for the benefit of citizens by protecting the sanctity of 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 particular positions within the class.
This position requires applicants to complete a written exam.
Applicants who pass the written exam will be placed on the Police Officer referral list in random lottery order. As vacancies become available, applicants will be referred in lottery order to the Police Department to complete a Pre-POWER Test.
Applicants who meet all hiring requirements and pass all of the pre-employment procedures are eligible to enter the Police Department 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; the law; communication skills; strategies and tactics; professionalism; and how to use various technologies while at the Academy. Probationary police officers must successfully complete all training modules in order to graduate.
All communication sent to applicants throughout the entire hiring and selection process for Police Officer including application status, written examination notice to report, written examination scores, lottery number, and invitation to report to the Chicago Police Department for pre-employment procedures will be sent ONLY via e-mail to the e-mail account entered on the application. NO HARD COPY LETTERS VIA U.S. MAIL WILL BE SENT OUT. It is the applicant's responsibility to keep their e-mail 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 who to contact if you have questions or concerns as well as how to create an e-mail account.
THIS POSITION IS CAREER SERVICE. CAREER SERVICE STATUS CAN BE OBTAINED AFTER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE 18 MONTH PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
Education, Training, and Experience:
Candidates cannot enter into the Police Academy until they reach the age of 21 and may not enter after the age of 40. At time of entry into the Police Academy, candidates must meet the minimum education and/or military requirements listed below.
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 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 of the Armed Forces of the United States, the 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 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 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.
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 of active duty documented. In order to receive the veterans 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?" 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. In order to receive the CPS Graduate Preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not 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?" In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your high school graduation from a Chicago Public High School. You must attach a copy of your high school transcripts or diploma from a Chicago Public High School to your online profile with the City of Chicago at the time of application to be considered for the preference.
NOTE: Applicants must attach appropriate documentation to confirm preferences for Chicago Public School (CPS) high school graduation and/or military service requirements at the time of application. A letter from an applicant's Commanding Officer on official stationary along with a copy of the applicant's Military ID is required to verify active duty and length of service in the Armed Forces of the United States. Both documents must be attached to the application at time of application in order to receive preference. A copy of an applicant's DD214—Member 4 is required to verify Veteran status in the Armed Forces of the United States. (The copy of the DD214—Member 4 must include the discharge status which is traditionally found on the Member Copy 4.) If a copy of an applicant's DD214—Member 4 cannot be obtained, then a letter from the United States Veteran's Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service can be accepted and must be attached to the application at the time of application. Failure to attach documentation to your application at time of application confirming your CPS high school graduation or military service requirements will exclude you from receiving preference.
NOTE: THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT. COMPLETION OF ANY STEP OR ALL STEPS IN THE POLICE OFFICER HIRING PROCESS OR BEING PLACED 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.
NOTE: 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.
All employees of the City must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City Chicago Municipal Code.
Initial evaluation of your application will be based on information provided on this application form and documents submitted with this application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applications will be accepted.
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 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.
ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT.
The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer
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