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Have What It Takes To Be Chicago's Next Top Cop? Read the Official App

By Alex Nitkin | January 13, 2016 3:26pm
 Like former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, the next top cop is expected to have experience with
Like former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, the next top cop is expected to have experience with "terrorism-related matters."
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CHICAGO — Do you have a plan for winning back the public's trust in its police force, all while putting a lid on city's surging murder rate? If so, you have two days to get your résumé ready, because applications for the next Chicago Police superintendent are due Friday.

According to city law, the Chicago Police Board must hand the mayor a list of three candidates to consider for the job. After interviewing candidates, the group hopes to have its shortlist ready by the end of February, board members said at an open meeting in Englewood Tuesday.

The application was posted online Dec. 10.

Application for CPD Superintendent

With eight "essay questions," the application covers a wide array of issues, challenging applicants to offer ideas on how to strengthen accountability, engage community members and promote diversity in the department.

Citing a "number of recent highly publicized issues regarding police use of force," the application asks candidates to share their thoughts on such thorny issues as "transparency, timing, independence of investigators versus internal department investigation, etc."

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The form also notes that the police force has "tried a number of strategies to reduce the rate of shootings," all with little success, and it asks for some new ideas.

Plus, it notes, candidates for the job should have "experience in working on terrorism-related matters."

It's a tall order for one of the city's most demanding, and perhaps undesirable, positions. Nine of the last 14 top cops have either quit or been forced out by a Chicago mayor.

The last police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, served from 2011 to Dec. 1, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked him to step aside amid the growing fallout over the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald. Since then, John Escalante has served as interim superintendent.

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