Police Officer- RE-HIRE

Chicago, IL
Chicago Police Department

The Police Officer classification works to accomplish the department’s mission to serve the community and protect the lives, rights, and property of all people in Chicago. Incumbents in this class work under general supervision to maintain order and protect life and property through responding to crimes and disturbances, conducting preliminary investigations, arresting, and processing suspects. Incumbents in this class also fulfill a role in advancing the department’s goals of professionalism, impartial policing, and other concepts embodied in the department’s mission statement; and performs related duties as required.


  • The Department’s highest priority is the sanctity of human life. The concept of the sanctity of human life is the belief that all human beings are to be perceived and treated as persons of inherent worth and dignity, regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military status, immigration status, homeless status, source of income, credit history, criminal record, criminal history, or incarceration status. Department members will act with the foremost regard for the preservation of human life and the safety of all persons involved.
  • Utilizes impartial policing strategies, principles, and best practices to promote fairness, eliminates bias, and build community trust.
  • Utilizes de-escalation strategies and skills to avoid, mitigate, or minimize force during community-policing encounters.
  • Practices procedural justice strategies by giving voice, neutrality, respect, and trustworthiness in policing actions.
  • Monitors environment and crime conditions of an assigned geographic area utilizing random patrol methods. Responds to incidents either assigned or observed as required.
  • Gathers relevant information at emergency and non-emergency incidents to conduct a preliminary investigation.
  • Conducts legally justified searches of alleged offenders, vehicles, arrestees, or scenes to locate evidence. Ensures any non-departmental property taken into custody is properly documented, accounted for, and secured.
  • Seeks to apprehend suspected law violators through the use of physical arrest procedures or citation procedures. Actively pursues suspected law violators using search and containment methods.
  • Processes suspected law violators, adults, and juveniles, who have been arrested by using arrest and booking procedures.
  • Enforces state and municipal laws (e.g., traffic, commercial, recreational fishing, and hunting) by using citation and physical arrest procedures.
  • Directs/Reroutes traffic, places emergency signaling devices (e.g., flares), or takes other necessary action(s) to ensure a safe and orderly flow of traffic when confronted with unusual traffic conditions or emergencies.
  • Takes action to preserve life and property and mitigate public safety hazards at the initial onset of emergency situations and during their aftermath.


  • All EMPLOYEES of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City of Chicago as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code.
  • Rehires may return if they have not been gone for more than 36 months or have reached the age of 50 by the time of re-hire.
  • Not eligible for rehire if you have been de-certified as law enforcement officer.

Licensure, Certification, or Other Qualifications

  • Employee Vaccination Requirement: City of Chicago employees must, as a condition of employment, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective October 15, 2021. This Policy applies to all City employees. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable City processes.
  • Must have a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card issued by the State of Illinois at the time of hire.
  • Must successfully pass all examinations mandated by State Law to receive certification as a Peace Officer
  • Must pass a background investigation and all required pre-employment procedures and processes as required by the Chicago Police Department.
  • Must have a valid State of Illinois driver’s license at the time of re-hire.