I am pleased to announce that as part of Mayor Emanuel’s plan to grow the Chicago Police Department by nearly 1,000 officers, six of the 53 newly graduated recruits have been deployed to the 40th Ward.
After successfully completing their training at the Academy and initial field training, these officers are now being sent to their first detail. The new officers will benefit from the new in-service training requirement, which begins with 16-hours of mandatory training and will necessitate that all Department members take 40 hours of continuing education annually by 2021.
Since the start of 2017, more than a thousand new recruits have entered the Police Academy to train to become police officers. During the six-month academy, recruits learn all applicable laws and protocols for being a Chicago Police Officer. In addition to physical training, they receive instruction in procedural justice, crisis intervention and de-escalation, use of force, community building and critical thinking. This includes cultural sensitivity training at the DuSable Museum where recruits learn about the history of many Chicago communities. Following this instruction, new officers receive three months of field training during which they are paired with Field Training Officers for hands-on guidance during their first in-the-field months.
These new officers have joined as part of CPD’s “Be the Change” recruitment campaign which reflects the belief that this new generation of police officers will lay the groundwork for a more diverse department and be future leaders who define how police support, protect and work together with Chicago’s communities.
Ald. Pat O’Connor