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Nearly 20K Apply to Chicago PD

September 09, 2013  | 

Photo by Paul Clinton.
Photo by Paul Clinton.
About 18,000 applicants hope they'll be chosen for an upcoming Chicago Police recruit class in a year the agency broadened its applicant pool.

The Chicago PD will administer the written test for potential recruits following a Sept. 16 deadline for possible employment. Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday he hopes to get 30,000 applicants, reports the Chicago Tribune.

This year, the agency lowered the eligible age to 18 from 21. The maximum age is 40.

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Dan the Man @ 9/10/2013 5:06 PM

I understand that the many police departments perform 5000 background investigations on applicants just to find ONE qualified academy trainee.
If Chicago PD has about the same ratio, they should be able to get FIVE qualified applicants for the new academy class.
I also thought that age job discrimination was illegal in this country. I thought upper age restrictions for police were eliminated years ago as long as the "applicant" could pass the mandated academy physical and academic requirements.

Jack Betz @ 9/10/2013 5:44 PM

A number of years ago MIami, Fla hired a slew of new officers without as complete a background as they should of. Among the results was a Miami officer on the ten most wanted fugitive list

George @ 9/11/2013 2:38 AM

Illinois still disciminates on age if the city is 5000 population or more. Small towns, counties and state police do not have the age 40 limit.

Firecop @ 9/11/2013 8:07 AM

They need quality not quantity. Bragging about 30,000 applicants is not the issue. They most likely have many applying with multiple degrees, who will take the job just to get a pay check and benefits (not the right reasons) but when openings come up in their previous field of work, at a higher pay, they'll be gone in a flash. After Chicago pays to train and equip them. I hope they have more people doing back ground checks than they have doing IA. Time will tell. And yes, I thought only the federal government could get away will illegal age restrictions? Stay safe.

mikew @ 9/11/2013 9:11 AM

They could hire all 20,000 applicants and that city still wouldn't be safe!!!!

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