Saturday, November 27, 2010

How Many Applicants?

  • Friday is the deadline for to apply to become a Chicago police officer.

    Applicants who meet the age and other requirements can take the written exam , which will be administered December 11 at McCormick Place.

    Applicants will then go through another selection and screening process.

Someone from Personnel want to spill the beans? Applications returned are going to be a bit different from actual test numbers, and in light of recent events, we're going to say a few hundred have second thoughts and don't show up.

Labels:

54 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone taking the exam for P.O. should see Dr. Kelleher first. Those of us who are retired will know who he was.......

Retired for 17 years now . . . Thank you, Jesus for the 1st of the month . . and looking at property in Arizona as soon as I can get out of this city.

11/27/2010 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over / Under ?

11/27/2010 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

Im going to vote for the first mayoral candidate that vows to hire 2500 more cops and increase the pay

I did 29 years. I recall in 1982 we had a bad month in february Including a suicide

But never like this
Be safe out there

11/27/2010 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we keep having Chicago Police Officers murdered like a third world county, who will want this job.

=(

11/27/2010 02:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm betting turnout to be poor......

11/27/2010 02:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well everyone's family member who is on the job will get first pick lol everyone who want to be the police well maybe next time the city that works .

11/27/2010 04:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a retired P.O. I began my career in 1971. When I started, the criminals actually feared the police. The bad guy didn't even think about disrespecting you, fight you, or even run away from you. Because there were heavy consequences for any of those actions.

My two boys always wanted to be the police. However, by that time (in the 1990's) our job changed dramatically. I explained the real cold reality to my two boys and they decided they didn't want to become the police.

The criminal element no longer fears the police anymore. Police officer's jobs are now handcuffed; no car chases, some cities won't allow foot chases, a very restrictive use of deadly force policy and God forbid you use excessive force, you will go to jail.

I honestly tell anyone who asks me about becoming a cop. Please don't. It's not the job you think it is.

11/27/2010 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true about your hands tied. Even in the 80's when I came on--the criminal element was respectful. They knew we had a job, just like they had a job. It is definitely different, and not to beat a dead horse, but Jody Weis can be considered a huge part of the blame: when you put officers in jail for taming the animals, the animals see the writing on the wall. Wake up citizens of Chicago, you don't arrive at a gun battle with a knife.

11/27/2010 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 28 years on, the fourth and hopefully last of my family on this God-forsaken job. One of my sons mentioned taking the test. I was able to talk him out of it. Even though the economy is in a shambles and well paying jobs are scarce I couldn't in good conscience recommend this job to anyone.

11/27/2010 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Captain Deloughery,

We understand your upset. But, take it out on the person who is making you angry. Trust us, we don't care much for him either.

We have 2 dead Police Officers this week alone. The department is in the toilet morale wise, and your worried about being addressed as "HERE MAAM" or "HERE CAPTAIN".

I for one will not even admit where I work. Making us address you a certain way and having stand up roll call is pimpy. You call that punishment. Its demoralizing. And then you want us to go out and bring in numbers for you? I thought you were someone who teaches motivation?

Stop letting your emotions get in the way. You are letting that little midget disrupt you. Control the situation. Don't even acknowledge his nonsense. Focus on making the troops leave roll call with a positive attitude. The CR is BS and everybody downtown knows it.

Rise above this nonsense and be a leader. Be glad people show up. Win them over and they will respond with respect with out you having to demand it. And quite
being so afraid of Meeler. Tell him to fuck off and he will then leave you alone. He rides you because you let him!

Make work fun and you will be surprised at how things work out for you. Best wishes!

11/27/2010 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The police blotter . . .

Rumble is Chicago PoliceSupt. Jody Weis, whose improbable retention has become a mayoral election issue, is looking at his next career move.

• The upshot: Sneed hears he'll stay put until his contract is up, on March 1. Then, adios.

• Quit & Cut: Sneed hears approximately 65 police officers, fed up with the Weis regime -- and/or cashing in on free health benefits -- retired recently.

• Cut 'em: Sneed is also told approximately 37 civilian employees of the Police Department were laid off last week.

11/27/2010 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter was gonna take the test! I talked her out of it!! It was tough as I am a female Officer, but I told her the truth of what this job has become. It is what it is & this job is not worth the taking.

11/27/2010 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the website is for the test preparation group that gives family of CPD a discount?

11/27/2010 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"I am a retired P.O. I began my career in 1971. When I started, the criminals actually feared the police..."
"...I honestly tell anyone who asks me about becoming a cop. Please don't. It's not the job you think it is."

11/27/2010 05:49:00 AM


Congratulations on your career, Officer.

I also am retired. I started in 1978. I don't know exactly how much my career paralleled yours, though I did manage one promotion to Sgt. and did that for 17 yrs.

As is true in our profession, however, a promotion is a step backwards, giving up seniority in your new pay grade, and moving out of a better district and back to the ghetto on midnights (if you're not heavy, that is, and I wasn't).

My real comment here is this: I am very proud of the police career I managed to put together, without clout or merit help and totally through hard work and self-reliance. While you may feel the same, you apparently don't trust your sons to be able to accomplish the same thing, or to evaluate their career path.

I never wanted to be the police but took the exam when a friend talked me into it. It turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for me. When the CPD called me into the Academy, I was between jobs. Even at that point, my intention was to take the job until I could find something better. Then I started getting the bug. I decided that I would go ahead and stay until I got off probation, and re-evaluate things at that time. I obviously decided that, for me anyway, being the police would be a very fulfilling and rewarding endeavor, and it was.

I also honestly tell anyone who asks me about becoming a cop that it's not the job you think it is, BUT it was a great opportunity in my life and I would NEVER discourage anyone from at least exploring the possibility of having the same fulfilling life I've had. I have supported my family and earned a pension that, hopefully, will benefit us until my natural death. I've been able to afford a home and lived reasonably well without constantly working second jobs. I simply don't believe that discouraging people from being the police is a good thing when, in reality, it can be a very good option for many people. Once you're in the academy, you can always quit this job the same as you can quit flipping burgers at Burger King.

Not trying to criticize as much as leave an honest option on the table for people. It's NOT for everyone, and it can be dangerous but it can also be extraordinary.

11/27/2010 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Police in Oregon have arrested a Somali teenager for allegedly trying to detonate a car bomb in a crowd of revelers at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland.
*****************************
Another adherent to the religion of peace, trying to cause murder and mayhem. Can you believe this piece of garbage was a naturalized citizen?

11/27/2010 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

27/2010 04:28:00 AM

Anonymous said...
I am a retired P.O. I began my career in 1971. I honestly tell anyone who asks me about becoming a cop. Please don't. It's not the job you think it is.

11/27/2010 05:49:00 AM

It was officers like you who would tell me in 1981 that this was not the same department. Your pessimism did not discourage me. Now 30 years later and happily retired I could say the same thing to prospective officers but i will not because policing has changed. And just because you and I disagree with departmental changes and philosophies, it's no reason to discourage the next generation of protectors.

So; anyone interested in being part of this new era of policing; caveats attached; take the test and if at anytime you feel you cannot continue policing in this age, leave. You will not be blamed.

11/27/2010 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say 9000

11/27/2010 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Selected or Actual Applicants? This is Chicago where anything goes.
However, the pay is good but the consequences are greater, more than ever these days.
There will be a dummied up exam to diversify the applicant pool. Results in about 6-12 months. If you are expecting fairness - look elsewhere.
The days of quality leadership and dedicated prosecutors coming from the ranks of a new CPD are gone.
As far as pay scale, there's much to be said about how underpaid we are compared to city tradesmen, part time aldermen & countless city managers in clout created departments.
Twenty nine years from now, you' be saying it too, " the job has really changed since I came on in 2011".
Good Luck.

11/27/2010 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was a suicide also on monday when blake passed/ it was a retired cop that retired from 16

11/27/2010 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let them have it A once proud Chicago's Finest is not a death trap that is lead bad idiots who have never been the police. Save your time

11/27/2010 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF is going on? Just read on another thread that one of the baddest officers in MSF formerly in 006 was snitched on by other officers for being too rough on the street and made a house mouse. For Pete's sake, have you seen the bloodshed the past week? Too rough? I'll take MT as a partner any day of the week. He's a natural at giving attitude adjustments and he'll ensure you see your family at the end of the day.
MT, as a friend, contact FOP. Seriously, the way you are being dealt with is an FOP issue. You're a veteran, contact Airborne Sal or Sid Davis there. You need to fight back. Fuck being inside! I've been hearing IPRA is going after combat veterans for being too aggressive. You're not the only one this is happening to. You deserve better. Thanks for serving.

006th Dist Iraq veteran

11/27/2010 04:00:00 PM  
OpenID hipiap1 said...

As I always said...

I put my money where my mouth was...and I'm taking the test.

South side bound I bet.

11/27/2010 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former social worker, I took this job to do police work. However, the job has become that of a social worker with tools (handcuffs, tasers, o.c. spray, gun, baton) which we ARE NOT allowed or have been scared by the administration to use!!!

11/27/2010 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous waiting to move said...

why isn't our union running away with what King Daley stated about Rahm's residency. Even though he lived in DC he was still a Chicago Resident according to Daley. If Rahm wins Mayor then I guess we can all move out as long as we don't sell our houses. FOP please address this.

11/27/2010 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

got around 10 on, and i wish i would have done something else. The job is not really fullfiling like i thought it would be and you really have absolutely no chance of advancement anymore, even if you score excellent on tests. They don't even promote anyone anymore. Although we desperately need more police on the streets, if i was to advise a sibling about this job, i would say join a different dep't as far away of cook county as possible. That is the best advice i could ever give someone.

11/27/2010 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Dep. Brett Goldstein, PAU said...

Big 10 Predictions for Today

Wisconsin/Northwestern +47
Ohio St./Michigan +30
Michigan St./Penn St. +6

Deputy Brett Goldstein, Predictive Analysis Unit

11/27/2010 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say closer to 3000. Maybe 10,000 people applied but were disqualified for some reason...LIKE COLLEGE CREDITS, perhaps!?! Read the application qualifications!! They were put there for a reason. They took the 30 bucks anyway.

11/27/2010 06:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a retired P.O. I began my career in 1971. When I started, the criminals actually feared the police. The bad guy didn't even think about disrespecting you, fight you, or even run away from you. Because there were heavy consequences for any of those actions.

I also am retired. I started in 1978. I don't know exactly how much my career paralleled yours, though I did manage one promotion to Sgt. and did that for 17 yrs.

I have 28 years on, the fourth and hopefully last of my family on this God-forsaken job. One of my sons mentioned taking the test. I was able to talk him out of it. Even though the economy is in a shambles and well paying jobs are scarce I couldn't in good conscience recommend this job to anyone.

All the above posts are very truthful. This job is nothing like it use to be. The politicians and the corrupt revruns have destroyed this department. But, do not forget to blame the people who have been in positions of power over the years on this department. They can take a huge amount of the blame. Sure Weis is hands down the worst we have ever had, but I know I will get hammered for this but, Cline, Hilliard, Rodriguez did absolutely nothing for this department. All they did was promote incompetent people who kissed their ass. This department suffers from over 15 years of promoting incompetent people to positions that they have no business being in. Daley is also much to blame for this collapse of this department. He was totally corrupt and still is.

This is not a job I would recommend to any one because of the terrible management and the totally corrupted lying media in this city.

This job will never be a good job again because to many factors have been put in place that should have never been put in place. But, because some stroke needed to keep their spot and some politician needed to get the votes regardless of how bad the choice was.

The department need to get covered under the color of law just as the feds are or we will continue to be victims of frivolous law suits by these scum bag, blood sucking lying lawyers and judges.

We are our own worst enemy. Until that changes things will only get worst.

11/27/2010 09:28:00 AM

11/27/2010 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why isn't our union running away with what King Daley stated about Rahm's residency

Because Daley owns FOP

11/27/2010 06:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
My daughter was gonna take the test! I talked her out of it!! It was tough as I am a female Officer, but I told her the truth of what this job has become. It is what it is & this job is not worth the taking.

11/27/2010 10:32:00 AM

Thanks anyway, but we still need good people. She could have been part of the change for the better. Hopefully she will not end up hating you for standing in the way of something she really wanted to do.

11/27/2010 07:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the website is for the test preparation group that gives family of CPD a discount?

_____________

You really don't need a test prep class. The sad truth is that the test as been so dumbed down that a person with a 6th grade education could pass it easily. Believe me, I'm not trying be funny or create controversy. The test is ridiculous. First half is a simple vocabulary test, second half is a joke. A=12, B=3,C=17,D=9,E=2. Now this is the hard part, the entire second part of the test was, A is = to what, C is equal to what, and on and on. I wish I was joking but that was the test, or as the good alderman says "leveling the playing field."

11/27/2010 08:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the website is for the test preparation group that gives family of CPD a discount?

11/27/2010 10:48:00 AM

http://www.bernsteintestprep.com/Chicago%20Police%20Entry%20Exam%20Review.html

CPD recently announced that they will give the police entry exam on December 11th, 2010.  As the test is coming up pretty quick, Bernstein & Associates has been asked to put on a one day prep class.  This will be offered to friends and family of the CPD.  The class will be held at the Chicago Marriott at Medical District / UIC on Saturday December 4th, 8:00am – 5:00pm.

11/27/2010 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget about the dummied-up exam, how about the background investigation? Who will be the clout-heavy contracted person to get the new "civilian background investigations section? How many criminals and undesirables will "fall through" the cracks? Gee do you think the FEDS have civilians doing their background investigations on any federal law enforcement agency? How many civilians did backgrounds on the secret service, postal inspectors and fbi agents? I'd say none. This dept is getting dumber and dumber.

11/27/2010 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

• Cut 'em: Sneed is also told approximately 37 civilian employees of the Police Department were laid off last week.

11/27/2010 10:11:00 AM

There was a workforce reduction act for 2010. Numerous civilian employees with the CPD were laid off. This news was very quiet and the mayor never mentioned it.

11/27/2010 08:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you post any wake or funeral arrangements on the blog.
thank you

11/27/2010 08:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
got around 10 on, and i wish i would have done something else. The job is not really fullfiling like i thought it would be and you really have absolutely no chance of advancement anymore, even if you score excellent on tests. They don't even promote anyone anymore. Although we desperately need more police on the streets, if i was to advise a sibling about this job, i would say join a different dep't as far away of cook county as possible. That is the best advice i could ever give someone.

11/27/2010 05:23:00 PM

Kinda agree. I scored in upper 200's on SGT test and probably have no chance in getting promoted. What a waste of my time.

11/27/2010 09:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF is going on? Just read on another thread that one of the baddest officers in MSF formerly in 006 was snitched on by other officers for being too rough on the street and made a house mouse.



My god this department has changed, You sound like a teenager, real policemen DO NOT act this way.

You got some stinking thinking going on.

11/27/2010 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11/27/2010 10:48:00 AM

If you need prep for the Test..

Pull your lips over your head and Swallow.

High School Education level questions for the love of God.

11/27/2010 11:40:00 PM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

We'll say it again...

Wonderlic.

MMPI.

Stringent background investigation.

We can't afford criminals, cowards and half-wits on the job. Fuck this alderfool & runnin' dog rev'run nonsense about "leveling the playing field."

Intelligence, mature decision making and integrity are universal.

Anything else is an attempt to dumb down and dilute the effectiveness of CPD.

Then the rev'run & alderfool cocked hat security contractors will come to fruition.

OK then...

let the cocked hat security contractors service the neighborhoods where where the inhabitants who are resolute non-contributors have made it clear that the Police are the enemy.

The Police will be reserved only for the law abiding, upright, hard working tax payers who pay the disproportionate amount of the freight in Chicago.

Oh no... Then the rev'runs and alderfools won't be able to extort, bully and brow-beat the put upon taxpayer into keeping the resolute non-contributors afloat.

Get your hands out of our pockets!

We need our CPD back and in full effect!

Public trial, horse-whipping and hanging for the conspiratorial fiscal malfeasance by elected officials which is the VERY ROOT of the problem.

There ought to be a law! Well, there are a bunch of laws but elected officialdom has cleverly shielded itself from accountability, oversight and sanction.

"Nyahh-nah! You cops can't investigate us now be quiet while we steal every nickle we can from you and the tax payers we won't allow you to protect."

11/28/2010 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
there was a suicide also on monday when blake passed/ it was a retired cop that retired from 16

11/27/2010 03:11:00 PM

Anyone have anymore info on this??

11/28/2010 02:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Said it before and I'll say it again. If you don't have clout or political connections DO NOT APPLY TO THIS DEPARTMENT! Accepting the job offer to CPD was the worst mistake I have made in my life. Do not be fooled! This department could give a shit about your level of education, strong work ethic, and high level of integrity. ''Who's your phone call, kid? No? We'll get back to you.'' If you are listening to people talk about all the different opportunities the dept has to offer, here's a little newsflash. THEY HAVE CLOUT! Don't throw the best years of your life away. Apply to a law enforcement agency in an area where things are legit.

11/28/2010 02:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>waiting to move said...
why isn't our union running away with what King Daley stated about Rahm's residency. Even though he lived in DC he was still a Chicago Resident according to Daley. If Rahm wins Mayor then I guess we can all move out as long as we don't sell our houses. FOP please address this.

11/27/2010 04:42:00 PM<<<

I don't like Rahm, but this is a non-issue only worth some loud talk by the ignorant. Illinois has a law that states a person retains his residency if he or she is away on business of the state or of the United States. Being Chief of Staff to the One Term Messiah qualifies as that. Did he vote in Illinois elections? Did he get a D.C. drivers license? You would not deny residency privileges to a soldier serving in Afghanistan would you?

Who are we going to get, Danny Davis? Meeks? Carol Mosley Brown? "Doc" Walls? We may be able to "do business" with Rahm, but we better get to him BEFORE the election.

11/28/2010 02:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...Anonymous said...
Does anyone know what the website is for the test preparation group that gives family of CPD a discount?

11/27/2010 10:48:00 AM

http://www.bernsteintestprep.com/Chicago%20Police%20Entry%20Exam%20Review.html

CPD recently announced that they will give the police entry exam on December 11th, 2010. As the test is coming up pretty quick, Bernstein & Associates has been asked to put on a one day prep class. This will be offered to friends and family of the CPD. The class will be held at the Chicago Marriott at Medical District / UIC on Saturday December 4th, 8:00am – 5:00pm.

11/27/2010 08:23:00 PM...

Fee is $185.00, website has "Free Practice Exams", it's all about the money.

11/28/2010 03:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just when you thought this job couldn't get any worse...

Word of advice to anyone thinking of coming on this job: DON'T DO IT!

11/28/2010 06:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illinois has a law that states a person retains his residency if he or she is away on business of the state or of the United States.

----


Post the law. I read the law and it says NOTHING about that. NOTHING. I have heard rumors of it - just RUMORS. I even tried to Google it. Post it an I'll shut up.

11/28/2010 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No thanks

11/28/2010 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
got around 10 on, and i wish i would have done something else. The job is not really fullfiling like i thought it would be and you really have absolutely no chance of advancement anymore, even if you score excellent on tests. They don't even promote anyone anymore. Although we desperately need more police on the streets, if i was to advise a sibling about this job, i would say join a different dep't as far away of cook county as possible. That is the best advice i could ever give someone.

11/27/2010 05:23:00 PM


Why so bitter? Great pay and benefits. Tuition reimbursement and side jobs. Other departments are laying off officers. I will stay here, collect the checks and sit in a best car. Ipd makes a great companion.

11/28/2010 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks anyway, but we still need good people. She could have been part of the change for the better.

And what change might that be?

11/28/2010 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>waiting to move said...
why isn't our union running away with what King Daley stated about Rahm's residency. Even though he lived in DC he was still a Chicago Resident according to Daley. If Rahm wins Mayor then I guess we can all move out as long as we don't sell our houses. FOP please address this.

11/27/2010 04:42:00 PM<<<

I don't like Rahm, but this is a non-issue only worth some loud talk by the ignorant. Illinois has a law that states a person retains his residency if he or she is away on business of the state or of the United States. Being Chief of Staff to the One Term Messiah qualifies as that. Did he vote in Illinois elections? Did he get a D.C. drivers license? You would not deny residency privileges to a soldier serving in Afghanistan would you?

Who are we going to get, Danny Davis? Meeks? Carol Mosley Brown? "Doc" Walls? We may be able to "do business" with Rahm, but we better get to him BEFORE the election.


Hey dummy...there's a big difference between a soldier fighting on foreign soil than a politician who was appointed to make big money ( not talking his salary ). Cmon son wake up!!

11/28/2010 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why so bitter? Great pay and benefits. Tuition reimbursement and side jobs. Other departments are laying off officers. I will stay here, collect the checks and sit in a best car. Ipd makes a great companion.

--------

Your children must be very proud.

11/28/2010 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please, if DD ever smiles at you and treats you with respect run in the other direction and ask the closest guy to pull the knives out of your back. If they're not there, just wait, they will be...

11/28/2010 07:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC...So many of our own need help this year, here's another deserving one:

www.johnmasson.com

11/28/2010 08:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why so bitter? Great pay and benefits. Tuition reimbursement and side jobs..

Its not bitterness....It's discust. I would take another job for less money just to be happy to go to work. Ive never worked for a bunch of more than ever ego backstabbing bosses in all my life. The entitlement that education brought to this job ruined it.

11/29/2010 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City of Chicago today reported that 9,639 individuals are scheduled to take the Police Officer Examination on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at McCormick Place

12/03/2010 09:13:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Newer Posts.......................... ..........................Older Posts