POLICE OFFICER - 9161 CPD - 052021


Job Description


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.

Officers receive a competitive starting salary of $48,078 that increases to $72,510 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 : Fri day, April 30, 2021 at 12:01 AM (00:01) Central Standard Time (CST) through Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM (23:59) Central Standard Time (CST) With options to test either in August of 2021 or November of 2021

NOTE: If you applied for the June 2021 exam you DO NOT need to apply for either of these administrations. You may take one exam in a 12 month period. See FAQ for additional details.


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:

  • Builds community trust and confidence through day-to-day interactions with members of the community.
  • Works to resolve conflicts through effective communication.
  • Communicates effectively with people from various social and cultural backgrounds in a wide range of situations.
  • Monitors environment and crime conditions of an assigned geographic area using routine patrol methods.
  • Responds to incidents either assigned or observed as required.
  • Gathers relevant information at an incident to conduct a preliminary investigation.
  • Ensures any personal property taken into custody is documented correctly and secured.
  • Seeks to apprehend suspected law violators through the use of arrest procedures or citation procedures.
  • Actively pursues suspected law violators using search and containment methods.
  • Processes suspected law violators using arrest and booking procedures.
  • Enforces state and municipal traffic laws using arrest procedures and citation procedures.
  • Gathers information at traffic crash scenes to conduct preliminary investigations.
  • Uses hand signals to direct traffic as necessary around accidents, objects on the road, or intersections when traffic signals are not working.
  • Complies with Department rules, regulations, policies, and all Federal, State, and Municipal laws that govern police officers' activities.
  • Appears in court and present testimony.
  • Performs the role safely, effectively, and following local, state, and federal law as well as CPD policy and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as required.

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive, there may be other duties that are essential to this position.

The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

Job Requirements

  • Maintain records of incoming calls and police/patrol activities
  • Operate police vehicle on/off campus
  • Perform patrol duties including foot, bicycle and motorized vehicles and police service duties
  • Operate a patrol vehicle or patrols on foot in assigned areas
  • Preventing crime through proactive patrol, disseminating information, taking necessary police action and investigating criminal and non-criminal incidents to determine the nature of the incident
  • Perform a variety of law enforcement, crime prevention, investigative or other specialized duties as a trainee police officer
  • Serve community, state, and nation as Military Police (MPs)
  • Wear police uniform and weapon during assigned shifts in hospital
  • Provide police patrol in both uniformed and plain clothes operations, and carry out all functions related to police services that are primarily for students, faculty and staff
  • Park marked police vehicles in close proximity to hospital emergency department
  • Advise management regarding law enforcement issues and interface among the police department, mall security and mall management
  • Patrol a specified area on foot or utilizing a patrol vehicle
  • Providing security for college and personal property at the College through crime prevention activities, patrol
  • Engage in patrol functions that include responding to citizen calls for service, rotating shifts, foot patrol, watching high/pattern crime areas, and physical security checks
  • Investigate reports of criminal behavior and university regulations
  • Work under the general supervision of a shift supervisor (Police Sergeant)
  • Perform other duties as directed by the Chief of Police or police supervisory personnel
  • Conduct arrests as appropriate in association with appropriate law enforcement agencies
  • Maintain good working relationships with citizens and actively promote police/community relations
  • Maintain good working relationships with citizens and actively promote police / community relations