Some questions you may have about applying to the Chicago Police Department.


How much does it cost?

There is no fee to apply. 


How old do you have to be?

You must be the age of 21 at the time of hire and possess a current, valid State of Illinois driver’s license. No person may be appointed a probationary Police Officer after the person's 40th birthday.


Is there any schooling needed?

Yes, at the time of hire, you must have at least 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university.

This educational requirement may be waived if:

  1. You have served at least three (3) continuous years (36 months) on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States; OR
     
  2. You have completed at least 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university AND have served at least one (1) continuous year (12 months) on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.

When can I apply for the next Police Officer exam?

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