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  • Any Chicago PD here? Or those familiar with how they work?

    I am applying in the spring in various suburbs north of the city, but I was also considering applying in Chicago. Anybody here work there or happen to be familiar with their policies? Do they work solo or with a partner in squads? What are the "real" chances for for promotion, and in the slim chance I want to go federal, is it harder to get noticed in a large department like that? I know their pay is pretty good, but are there a lot of opportunities for over-time? Will I more than likely end up standing outside the United Center with a glowstick for my first several years (no offense to those that may do this)? Is it true they aren't allowed to carry off-duty? I know there was a thread not long ago about large vs. big departments, but I just was curious from those with experience. Thanks!
    Just so there is no confusion, I am a Law Enforcement Student, not a Cop.

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    Well.

    Until you get off of probation (18 months from hire date) you'll have a partner. After that (Talking about regular districts, not special units which you'd practically ALways have a partner on) on days you won't unless you're working a wagon. On afternoons & midnights you'll have a partner unless you're on a traffic car or foot beat or something.

    Overtime. You could write a lot of tickets & make a lot of arrests & spend a lot of time in court. Or (again after probation) you could work security on the side...there're a TON of places that want off-duty P.O.s for security.

    The way things are now? No. You probably won't end up detailed out to the United Center or Wrigley Field, etc... as often as in the past. Some people NEVer get sent down there because often there are volunteers.

    "Not being allowed to carry off-duty" is preposterous.

    As far as chances for promotion, someone else on here would have to add to it. Some people get promoted after 5, some people go 30+ years & retire in a light blue shirt.

    Hope it helps some.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by CPDZone9
      Well.

      Until you get off of probation (18 months from hire date) you'll have a partner. After that (Talking about regular districts, not special units which you'd practically ALways have a partner on) on days you won't unless you're working a wagon. On afternoons & midnights you'll have a partner unless you're on a traffic car or foot beat or something.

      Overtime. You could write a lot of tickets & make a lot of arrests & spend a lot of time in court. Or (again after probation) you could work security on the side...there're a TON of places that want off-duty P.O.s for security.

      The way things are now? No. You probably won't end up detailed out to the United Center or Wrigley Field, etc... as often as in the past. Some people NEVer get sent down there because often there are volunteers.

      "Not being allowed to carry off-duty" is preposterous.

      As far as chances for promotion, someone else on here would have to add to it. Some people get promoted after 5, some people go 30+ years & retire in a light blue shirt.

      Hope it helps some.
      Definately, thanks! The reason I brought up the off-duty carrying: I thought it was against the law to own guns in the city of Chicago, and I thought I had read awhile back that due to this, Daley had asked all Cops to turn in their off duty weapons. Like I said, this is just what I heard, so I could be WAY off. Thanks again.

      Edit: Just answered part of my own question, this is from the City of Chicago/Police Website:

      "As a private citizen, you can own a long gun, but not a handgun or an assault weapon, in the City of Chicago. You must have a current Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card from the Illinois State Police, and you must register your firearms with the City's Gun Registration Program, 3510 S. Michigan Avenue, Room 1027 SE, between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm. You can call the Gun Registration Program at (312) 745-5166 for more information."
      Last edited by bigred0383; 07-17-2005, 01:38 AM.
      Just so there is no confusion, I am a Law Enforcement Student, not a Cop.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bigred0383
        ...and you must register your firearms with the City's Gun Registration Program, 3510 S..."
        Do NOT bring the gun WITH you.

        You could be the police in Timbuktu, Illinois and carry here...it's still Illinois.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bigred0383
          I am applying in the spring in various suburbs north of the city, but I was also considering applying in Chicago. Anybody here work there or happen to be familiar with their policies? Do they work solo or with a partner in squads? What are the "real" chances for for promotion, and in the slim chance I want to go federal, is it harder to get noticed in a large department like that? I know their pay is pretty good, but are there a lot of opportunities for over-time? Will I more than likely end up standing outside the United Center with a glowstick for my first several years (no offense to those that may do this)? Is it true they aren't allowed to carry off-duty? I know there was a thread not long ago about large vs. big departments, but I just was curious from those with experience. Thanks!
          Real Chances for promotion (i.e. by examination score) Detective=80% from examination process 20% Meritorious (Appointed by city although you must still pass the written exam) Sergeant and Lieutenant 70% from examination process 30% Meritorious.

          Captain is 100% Appointment now and is not obtainable by competitive examination process.

          Some positions such as evidence tech, traffic specialist, etc are by competitive examination process as well I believe 70% 30% split.

          Overtime in this job is unavoidable.

          You won't be out directing traffic for anymore than six months, so its really a non-issue.

          Good Luck.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by CPDZone9
            Do NOT bring the gun WITH you.

            You could be the police in Timbuktu, Illinois and carry here...it's still Illinois.
            Sorry, I don't quite understand what you mean.

            Thanks Severe.

            A couple more questions (and then I am done I swear). In their benefits program, they offer tuition reimbursement and housing assistance, are these programs used a lot, or is it tough to take part in them? Thanks again guys.
            Just so there is no confusion, I am a Law Enforcement Student, not a Cop.

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            • #7
              it would be nice, if their was still parts of the city that were not
              always borderline high crime.
              in the 1960's and lotta the 70's it was a great place to grow up,
              if the heavy duty factories were still operating, it would lower the crime stats
              way to many people with to much time ontheir hands.

              I'll always remember my roots, and the good times....

              I grew up in dist 8, and worked my teen-age years in dist-6

              and if yr a cop, yr gonna earn yr money..!
              " if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name....
              " if you walk in your sleep, forget where you came....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bigred0383
                In their benefits program, they offer tuition reimbursement and housing assistance, are these programs used a lot, or is it tough to take part in them? Thanks again guys.

                Tuition reimbursement is based upon grade and people do indeed use it. It is not tough to take part. The housing assistance is the same kind of assistance that is offered in those distressed neighborhoods nationwide. I would not want to take advantage of that program and I don't know too many people that have.

                There is no city housing assistance if that is what you are looking for.

                Originally posted by ftlaudcop
                it would be nice, if their was still parts of the city that were not always borderline high crime.
                There are but they are up north not in 008.

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                • #9
                  Gotcha, I figured that is what the housing would be but I wasn't sure. I know they have a residency requirement, and I have always been kind of partial to East Rogers Park. One of my jobs offered tuition reimbursement, but there were a lot of hoops to jump through. Thanks!
                  Just so there is no confusion, I am a Law Enforcement Student, not a Cop.

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                  • #10
                    Do you need residency on day 1 of the academy?

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                    • #11
                      Yeah. You do.

                      Earlier, I meant 1. If you plan on going to HQ to register a gun you shouldn't take it with you. & 2. In reference to the thing about "No off-duty carry" in Chicago," you could be an officer from the other end of the state & carry in Chicago because you're sworn in Illinois.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CPDZone9
                        In reference to the thing about "No off-duty carry" in Chicago," you could be an officer from the other end of the state & carry in Chicago because you're sworn in Illinois.
                        Actually from anywhere in the country.

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                        • #13
                          dog

                          CPDzone9,
                          I like your dog with a uniform picture. That is neat.

                          shannon

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                          • #14
                            That picture is from the TV show "Family Guy."

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