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Record Number to Take Police Test This Year

Nearly 9,700 Individuals Invited to Take the Exam December 11, 2010

The City of Chicago today reported that 9,639 individuals are scheduled to take the Police Officer Examination on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at McCormick Place, reaching a record number of applicants in just five weeks time since the Chicago Police Department made the announcement in late October.

The administration of the 2010 police officer examination represents the largest number of applicants who will sit for a police officer examination in the last 10 years.  The 9,639 individuals who successfully completed the online application and paid the required fee have been notified to report for the exam.

“I am encouraged by the number of applicants for this exam. There is no greater profession than one in public service.  I applaud the men and women who have taken this first step toward a noble and fulfilling career,” said Police Superintendent Jody P. Weis.

A total of 13 examinations for the Police Officer position have been given since March 1999. The second highest number of applicants sitting in for one written examination occurred in February 2006 with a total of 4,061 individuals seeking to become Chicago police officers.  That was one of four separate exams offered with a total number of 8,859 applicants taking the exam that year.

Only candidates who have been notified by the City will be admitted to the test site.  Candidates will not be admitted to the test site prior to their assigned time and will not be admitted after the test is set to begin.  There will be no accommodations for late arrivals. Candidates should allow approximately 4-5 hours for processing and the examination.  City highly recommends the use of public transportation as there is limited onsite parking. 

All candidates are required to bring the following items to the examination:

1.    The Notice to Report (issued by the City to individual applicants)     

2.    Current, Valid Government Issued Photo ID      

3.    Two (2) sharpened #2 pencils

Over the next few weeks, the City’s Department of Human Resources will be evaluating applicants to verify that all applicants have met the minimum qualifications and submitted all required documents.  Candidates will need to meet all document requirements, achieve a passing score on this examination and meet other minimum qualifications to be placed on the referral list in lottery order for this position. Written examination results will be available 8 to 10 weeks from the exam date.