Chicago Police Department Hiring Process

Chicago PD Selection Process – CPD Recruitment

If you want to work for the Chicago Police Department, I’ll be the first to tell chicago Police Department Hiring Process PD 2017, 2018-2019. 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025you the process is a long and tedious one, but at the end of the day it’s all worth it in the event you get hired. Now before you get a conditional offer of employment, there are some major hurdles you’ll have to overcome.

Here’s an overview of some of the steps you’ll have to complete in order to become a police officer for the city of Chicago.

However before I get into the steps one needs to be a police officer for CPD, let’s look at the requirements first.

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Requirements for Employment:

The following are the requirements to become a police officer with the Chicago Police Department:

  • Must be a United States Citizen;
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License;
  • Must successfully complete all phases of the hiring process to be considered for employment.
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Most not have been convicted of a felony

Recruitment Selection Process

The first step in the Chicago Police Officer employment process is a written examination. The remaining steps include a physical fitness test, drug screening, psychological test, background investigation and a medical examination. Being on the eligibility list is not an offer or guarantee of employment. It is recommended that candidates review and prepare for the physical fitness test since this phase of the hiring process comes quickly for those candidates that pass the initial written examination. Click here to view the “State of Illinois Police Officer Wellness Report or POWER test”

In a nutshell here’s what you’ll have to successfully complete before you are offered the job:

  1. Written aptitude test
  2. Physical agility test; POWER test (click here to download a police specific workout guide)
  3. Drug Screening
  4. Psychological evaluation test
  5. Background check
  6. Medical exam

Average Salary & Benefits

A career with the Chicago Police Department offers stability, attractive compensation and superb benefits. Compare our starting salary and benefit package with other police departments and major corporations. You will find that few can compete.

  • Starting Salary of $43,104, increased to $55,723 after one
    year and an additional increase to $58,896 after 18 months
  • Health Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement up to 100% (includes advanced degrees)
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Vision and Dental Plan
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • 20 Paid Vacation Days
  • Retirement Plan
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Home Purchase Assistance
  • Annual Uniform Allowance of $1,800
  • Annual Duty Availability Bonus of $2,920