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Chicago Police Academy

12 December 2008 4 Comments

The Chicago Police Academy is responsible for training and graduating basically trained police officers.

The Chicago Police Academy is also home to the Chicago Fire Academy and they share facilities.

Upon successful completion of the Chicago Police Exam, successful applicants who are hired as Chicago Police Officers begin their careers at the Training Academy as Probationary Police Officers (PPOs). Each PPO must complete an 18-month probationary period and are compensated at the starting salary listed in the next section below.

Academy training consists of the 480 hour minimum course required by the Illinois Governmental Law Enforcement Training Board and 300 hours the Chicago Police Department includes to augment the basic training course.

Course topics include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Firearms Training
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation Training
  • Drill Instruction
  • Traffic Law
  • Report Writing
  • Crime Investigation
  • Domestic Violence Training
  • Defensive Tactics
  • and more…

Successful completion of the course prepares the recruit for the State of Illinois Certificate Examination and the next phase of training-Field Evaluation.

The Chicago Police Department is always looking for good candidates and upon successful completion of the Chicago Police Academy, you could be one of Chicago’s Finest.

Click here if you are looking for more information about Illinois Police Academies.

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  • Richard D. Schave said:

    I’m trying to find a source of information on where i can go to apply for police academy. Currently I reside in Denver, but if you could provide me the online site I can go to; if possible, would be very nice. I plan on moving back next month, but is there a way for me to apply & where? Have a good day!:)

  • Christopher Wells said:

    The Academy courses provide college credits. How do I find out how many. I retired after 20 yrs of service and now am enrolled in school to get a degree.It would be helpfull to know if I could shorten the time it take to finish.

  • Cora said:

    To Richard….in Illinois you must be hired by the agency BEFORE you can attend the academy. And, right now, hiring is way down to the economy.

    To Christopher…each college in Illinois provides varying college credit for academy or speciality training…usually lower level 100 credits in criminal justice, social justice, or law enforcement depending on the school. You need to go to an academic advisor and talk to them about credits.

  • Deshawn said:

    Hi, I was woundering would i need a degree or anything to apply for the academy?

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