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New Police Oversight Agency To Hold Job Fair

By Heather Cherone | December 6, 2016 5:56am
 The new independent agency charged with investigating police misconduct is recruiting employees at Malcolm X College.
The new independent agency charged with investigating police misconduct is recruiting employees at Malcolm X College.
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CITY HALL — The newly formed Civilian Office of Police Accountability — which promises to do a better job of investigating allegations of excessive force and misconduct by police officers — is looking for a few good men and women.

The new agency will hold its first job fair from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Malcolm X College, 1104 W. Jackson Blvd.

The fair will offer potential employees information about positions with the agency, including in investigations, public affairs, legal and administrative departments.

The fair offers a chance for those interested to "get in on the ground floor and be a part of creating Chicago's new police oversight agency," according to organizers.

No resumes will be collected at the fair, organizers said.

The new agency will replace the Independent Police Review Authority, which is being disbanded in the wake of the outcry prompted by the release of a dashcam video showing a police officer fatally shoot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times two years ago.

The new agency will have 75 investigators, with 15 assigned to major cases in which someone is killed or seriously injured by an officer, officials said. They will report to 15 supervisors, officials said.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability will be up and running "as soon as possible" but no later than Sept. 30, according to the ordinance establishing it. It will have a budget of $17 million once it is fully operational.

The job fair will take place in auditorium 1104 at Malcolm X, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.

Online registration for the fair is available. For more information, go to chicagocopa.org.

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