For the first time since 2013, the City is accepting applications to join the Chicago Police Department, and I am hosting a job fair to provide 49th Ward residents and others an opportunity to learn about the benefits of working for the Police Department and how to apply for the job.
The 49th Ward’s Chicago Police Department Job Fair will take place this Wednesday, January 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).
Officers from the 24th Police District will be on hand to discuss the application process and answer your questions. Laptops will be available for you to sign up on site for the entrance exam and a video will describe the physical fitness test required of all recruits.
The application deadline is Sunday, January 31st.
As a Chicago police officer, you will receive a starting salary of $47,604, increased to $72,510 after just 18 months on the job. In addition, you will receive full health care coverage, tuition reimbursement for a college education, assistance in buying a home and a retirement plan that allows you to save for your future.
You must be at least 18 years old by February 29, 2016, to apply. At the time of hire, new officers must be between the ages of 21 and 39 years of age (those aged 40 years or older are not eligible for hire).
You can still apply to become a police officer even with a previous record or drug use. The Chicago Police Department is looking for people who are current upstanding citizens and will take your previous history into context.
The background investigation includes a thorough check of your personal character and activities over a substantial period of time to get a full picture of your life. In short, the fact you may have a record does not necessarily disqualify you, depending on the circumstances. However, please note that failure to disclose any requested information is grounds for disqualification.
Finally, you do NOT have to have any college credits completed to apply for the April 2016 exam. You will only need to have your required credits completed after you passed the exam and are referred to begin at the Academy, which could be a period of years. As noted above, the Chicago Police Department provides opportunities to receive tuition reimbursement for college credits. Additionally, there are education exemptions for previous military service.
For answers to the most frequently asked questions, click here.
Becoming a police officer provides more than a great source of income; it provides a great source of pride. Make a lasting difference in your community. Become a Chicago police officer.