The Chicago Police Department is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce and is looking for Police Officer 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.
- Joining the Chicago Police Department allows Chicagoans to make a difference in their community while providing a stable, well-paying job that can support their families.
- Police officers have enormous pride in what we do. We are serving our families, our neighbors and our communities every day, making the world better for those around us.
- Officers receive a competitive starting salary of $54,672 that increases to $82,458 annually after just 18 months.
- To apply, applicants must be 20 years of age. The exam administrator will verify age at the time of the written exam. Candidates who have not reached the age of 20 will not be allowed to take the written examination.
- However, candidates cannot enter the Police Academy until they reach the age of 21. If you reach your 40th birthday at any point in the hiring process before entering the Police Academy, you will be disqualified.
- 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.
- At the time of entry into the Police Academy, candidates must meet the minimum education and/or military requirements listed below.
- EDUCATION/MILITARY SERVICE: At the time of entry into the police academy, applicants must have at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university (Documentation Required). Educational requirement may be waived if applicant has:
- Served two (2) consecutive years (24 months) on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and received an Honorable Discharge (Documentation Required),OR
- 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 (Documentation Required), OR
- At least two (2) years of full-time employment as a peace officer, OR
- At least three (3) years of full-time employment as a correctional officer within the last 4 years, OR
- At least three (3) years of full-time employment as a detention officer within the last 4 years, OR
- At least three (3) years of full-time employment as a licensed professional security or private security contractor within the last 4 years, OR
- At least three (3) years of full-time employment working in the professional trade industry within the last 4 years, OR
- At least three (3) years of full-time employment in the last four (4) years providing paraprofessional work experience to the public or community in one of the following fields: social services, health care services, and/or education
The selection process includes the following steps:
- Written Test
- Pre-POWER Test
- Background investigation
- Medical examination
- Psychological examination
- Drug screen
- Final Police Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Test
- For more information about the POWER test, please CLICK HERE.
- Other pre-employment procedures as determined by the Chicago Police Department.
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