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


How much does it cost?

The program is 100% completely FREE.


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?

a. You will be able to apply from Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 through Tuesday, January 31st, 2017.

b. If your application is successfully received, you will be notified of the date and time of the exam, which will be the weekend of April 1st & April 2nd in 2017. You will be provided adequate time to study for the exam.