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City expands access to police exam

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Daley College one of seven testing sites

By Tim Hadac

As police retirements and resignations continue to greatly outpace recruits graduating from the police academy, the Lightfoot Administration has announced expanded access to the police exam.

In-person police officer entry exams are set for all City Colleges locations on select dates this month.

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Men and women ages 18-39 are eligible to take the exam and begin the process of becoming a CPD officer.

“Becoming a Chicago Police officer is a great opportunity to make a difference and serve our communities across the city,” said Chief Yolanda Talley, who oversees CPD’s recruitment and retention efforts. “Those who want to help make Chicago a safer city are encouraged to begin the process by taking this exam.”

Those interested in becoming a Chicago Police officer can register for these exams in advance online through home.chicagopolice.org or same day at any exam location.

Applicants who register in advance will receive access to a study guide. These applicants will also be guaranteed a seat at the exam, as space is limited. Walk-in applicants will also be welcomed at all exam sessions. All individuals taking the exam must bring a current and valid government issued photo identification.

Exams dates are Thursday, July 28; Friday, July 29; and Saturday, July 30.

There will be a morning exam and an afternoon exam held at each location to make it as convenient as possible for interested applicants across the city.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 8:30 a.m. for morning sessions. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and close at 2 p.m. for afternoon sessions.

City Colleges locations are Daley, 7500 S. Pulaski; Malcolm X, 1900 W. Jackson; Kennedy-King, 6301 S. Halsted; Truman, 1145 W. Wilson; Olive Harvey, 10001 S. Woodlawn; Wright, 4300 N. Narragansett; and Washington, 30 E. Lake St.

Those hired as police officers receive a starting salary of $54,672 and receive an increase to $82,458 annually after 18 months on the job. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, holidays, tuition reimbursement, and retirement savings and pension plans.

Reaction to the news was greeted with a mix of opinions on Southwest Side social media platforms.

“I love law enforcement. I made a career out of it,” said retired police officer Joseph Mulligan. “But with this mayor, this state’s attorney and this climate where blue is always bad—not a chance I’d sign up these days. Who would?”

Peter Schillaci said recruits “should look past the politicians. Whoever is in office, it’s never been easy to be on the force. But it’s an honorable career, it’s challenging, it can be frustrating, but you look back later and know you did something good with your life.”

In a statement, officials said CPD “is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and looks for candidates that reflect the city’s broad cross-sections. The Department is 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.”

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