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Police exam coming up next month

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From staff reports

The Chicago Police Department will host in-person police officer entry exams at all City Colleges of Chicago locations from Dec. 1-3.

Those between the ages of 21 and 39 are eligible to take the exam and begin the process of becoming a CPD officer.

“Anyone who is passionate about serving others is encouraged to apply and take this exam,” said Chief Yolanda Talley, who oversees CPD’s Recruitment and Retention Unit. “This exam is the first step toward a fulfilling and rewarding career in law enforcement.”

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

Applicants who register in advance will receive access to a study guide. Walk-in applicants will also be welcomed at all exam sessions. All individuals taking the exam are required to bring a current and valid government issued photo identification.

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.

Morning session: Doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 8:30 a.m.

Afternoon session: Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and close at 2 p.m.

The only Southwest Side location is Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski. CPD officials did not say where in the college the exam will be administered.

Those hired receive a competitive 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.

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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