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Want To Be A Police Officer? Apply By Monday (And Make $72K After 1½ Years)

By Heather Cherone | October 9, 2017 11:50am | Updated on October 13, 2017 11:42am
 Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Chicagoans from all walks of life to consider joining the Police Department.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Chicagoans from all walks of life to consider joining the Police Department.
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CHICAGO — Aspiring police officers have until Monday to apply to join the Chicago Police Department, officials said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to add 970 positions to the Police Department by the end of 2018: 516 police officers, 200 detectives, 112 sergeants, 50 lieutenants and 92 field training officers. The department also will fill 500 vacant positions.

Emanuel said last week that between 85 and 100 new officers have been hitting Chicago's streets as part of that hiring push every month since September.

The additional officers "ensure that we have the manpower necessary to carry out necessary changes and hold offenders accountable," Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has said.

The hiring blitz is expected to cost approximately $60 million.

Starting pay for police officers is $48,078 — and it jumps to $72,510 after 1½ years.

The test to get into the police academy is scheduled to take place Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 at McCormick Place.

That exam will be the second this year.