Apply to become a Chicago police officer

September 3, 2013

The application process, which takes place every three to five years, is open through September 16. Interested individuals can even use the computer labs at the Academy to complete the on-line application, which is available at

Officers and department representatives have been actively attending community events, festivals and job fairs, as well as coordinating with local organizations, businesses, ministers and residents as part of the on-going effort to ensure the Department remains fully staffed and continues to attract high-quality, motivated and diverse candidates from communities throughout the city.

Eligibility Requirements include:

Age: 18 years of age
Education/ Military Experience: 60 semester hours / 36 months of continuous active duty service or one year continuous service and 30 semester hours (required at the time of hire, not at time of application)
Valid State of Illinois Driver's License (required at the time of hire, not at time of application)
Payment of application fee ($30.00 –fee waiver for available for qualifying individuals)
Residency in the City of Chicago (required at time of employment, not required at the time of application)

Pre-Employment Written Exam

Selection Process includes:
Police Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER Test), which test strength, endurance, and flexibility
Background Investigation
Psychological Test
Medical Examination
Drug Screen

Additional information can be obtained by visiting or by calling 311.

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