i want to enter to the chicago police academy?

yea they told me that if i'm 18 years old and i'm attending a chicago city college i could become a chicago police cadet. that i could work up to 20 hours a week and get paid. also that the department pays my tuition. i also wanted to know since i'm a senior in high school and about to graduate pretty soon could i join the chicago police academy or do i have to be in college to do that?? thanks and sorry for bothering you so much. where is the chicago police academy??

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  • drdr
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    One does not generally join a police academy, they apply for a position with a department; except some states like Texas have academies that can prepare one for peace officer certification, but do not offer employment. Major departments have web sites explaining the position requirements and application process.

    Positions are filled on a competitive basis, those meeting the minimum requirements will not be as qualified as those with the best qualifications. And, there are more applicants than there are positions. To become a police officer, the standard requirement for most major police agencies seems to be a minimum of 60 undergraduate hours (from a regionally accredited college), although some allow substitution of military service, and a Bachelor's degree may be preferred (generally required for federal special agent positions); although some may only require a high school diploma. Some agencies (and federal agencies) have a military hiring preference, and being an officer counts more than being an enlisted person. Some agencies have age limits, for federal jobs it is 21 minimum and 37 maximum. Any major is acceptable, but Criminal Justice, Forensics, Computer Science, Sociology, or Psychology may stand you in better stead. Foreign language ability, particularly Spanish, is advantageous. Smaller agencies may have a high school requirement. And GPA may be more important than major. The agency normally provides training, but some states may have private academies (like TX). Those meeting the minimum requirements may not compare well to the best qualified applicants. Many agencies have increased pay levels for higher education, and higher education facilitates promotion.

    A Bachelor's degree is required for federal special agent positions (very few exceptions). As stated above, any major is acceptable. I attended an agency-sponsored Masters program for an MS in management. GPA, work experience, ability to communicate orally and in writing, and graduate degrees are what determine who gets hired for federal positions. And, there are always more applicants than positions. Those meeting the minimum requirements may not compare well to the best qualified applicants. Military service may provide hiring preference, service as an officer is preferred over enlisted service.

    The FBI likes lawyers and accountants, but they hire from various backgrounds (http://www.fbijobs.gov/). Other federal agency job announcements should be available at https://my.usajobs.gov/login.aspx; acceptance of applications is cyclical. NCIS’s website: http://www.ncis.navy.mil/ (oversold due to TV).

    You must have no felony arrests, and many misdemeanor arrests are also disqualifying, as may be bad credit. And, a domestic violence conviction will be disqualifying. Any prior drug use of any sort may be disqualifying, although exceptions are possible in some agencies. There may be a written exam, medical exam, polygraph test, physical fitness test, drug test, minimum eyesight requirements, psychological evaluation, oral board examination, and full background check. As I said, there are always more applicants than there are positions, so it may take many application submissions to get an acceptable job (at least it did for me).

    Source(s): Former crim justice adj professor, retired federal spec agent (NCIS [when it was NIS], Customs, & finally Homeland Sec [ICE]), former tactical team member and firearms instructor, sat on hiring panels for NIS and Customs, formerly USMC Military Police officer & enlisted (to include CID), TX peace officer certification (inactive), TX licensed PI, representative of Project ALERT, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • 5 years ago


    Source(s): Criminal Records Search Database - http://criminalrecords.raiwi.com/?HrDD
  • 8 years ago

    The website is listed below:

    Chicago Police Department

    Attn: Paul Chester, Police Officer

    Chicago Police Department

    3510 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th, FL.

    Chicago, Illinois 60653

    phone: 312-745-5837

    fax: 312-745-6942



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