Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-32
Application For Police Officer (Assigned As Helicopter Pilot) Title Code 9154
Issue Date:12 December 2017Effective Date:12 December 2017
Rescinds:
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.informs Department members that internet applications for Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot) are being accepted until Friday, 12 January 2018 at 1500 hours.
  • B.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, selection process, and training program for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot), title code 9154.
  • C.highlights the required role of tactical flight officer on the path to becoming a Department helicopter pilot.
II.Duties
A Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot), duties include, but are not limited to:
  • A.functioning as a tactical flight officer who will:
    • 1.maintain a primary role in flight safety in regard to collision avoidance and any other factors that could affect flight safety during all aspects of flight;
    • 2.manage emergency-response radios;
    • 3.manage the forward-looking infrared (FLIR), searchlights, and aviation mapping computers;
    • 4.operate basic video surveillance equipment utilizing equipment including but not limited to:
      • a.GPS navigational systems;
      • b.FLIR cameras;
      • c.night vision systems.
    • 5.maintain interaction with officers on the ground;
    • 6.learn the duties and responsibilities of the pilot, including reading aviation charts, understanding aircraft performance and, in some cases, receiving emergency flight-training procedures.
  • B.functioning as a helicopter pilot who will:
    • 1.be responsible for all operations of the Department helicopters;
    • 2.make the ultimate decision as to whether or not the aircraft is to be flown, considering the airworthiness of the aircraft, the weather conditions, and any other information that would help a pilot determine whether a mission should begin, continue, or be terminated. The pilot will prepare for an airborne law enforcement mission by performing preflight inspection of the aircraft and reviewing current and future weather conditions;
    • 3.conduct all flights in compliance with all applicable FAA regulations and manufacturer limitations;
    • 4.function as the pilot in command (PIC). The PIC will establish and maintain VHF radio communications with the appropriate air traffic control facility when applicable during the flight. Additional radios may be monitored concurrently;
    • 5.maintain a level of mental and physical fitness necessary to operate as a helicopter pilot;
    • 6.once obtained, maintain an FAA Medical Certificate Class 2.
  • C.responsibility for maintenance and police duties, including:
    • 1.ground handling of aircraft;
    • 2.post-flight inspection of the aircraft;
    • 3.routine cleaning of helicopters, equipment, and unit facilities and attending to duties relative to preparation and maintenance;
    • 4.completing all required reports and testifying in court when required;
    • 5.interacting with state and federal law enforcement agencies in the performance of Helicopter Unit duties.
III.Eligibility
By the close of the application period, members who are interested in applying must:
  • A.be a sworn member below the rank of sergeant;
  • B.have a minimum of three years of continuous service as a police officer with the Chicago Police Department;
  • C.possess a valid FAA Commercial Rotorcraft License or one of the the following scenarios must exist:
    • 1.have an FAA Commercial Fixed Wing Pilot License plus twenty-five logged flight hours toward a rotorcraft commercial add-on; or,
    • 2.have an FAA Private Pilot—Rotorcraft License plus twenty-five hours of flying time towards a commercial license beyond what was needed to obtain the private certificate.
    NOTE:
    Applicants must submit copies of logbook pages showing flight hours subsequent to obtainment of a fixed-wing or rotorcraft pilot's license. In addition, proof of logged flight hours may be required from the flight school.
  • D.have a valid FAA medical certificate (any class).
  • E.be willing and able to perform the duties of a Police Officer (Assigned to the Helicopter Unit) as outlined in Item II of this directive;
  • F.be willing and able to work any watch assignment and change work hours in accordance with the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between the City of Chicago and the Fraternal Order of Police;
  • G.have an acceptable disciplinary record at the time of assignment. The candidate’s disciplinary record cannot reflect any sustained Complaint Register (C.R.) investigations for misconduct resulting in suspensions of more than seven days during the preceding twelve-month period or a record of three or more sustained C.R. investigations resulting in suspensions of any length of time within the past five years;
    NOTE:
    Sustained C.R. investigations with findings of “No Disciplinary Action” will not be considered as sustained violations for purposes of this selection process. Candidates with pending grievances or Police Board cases concerning discipline will be allowed to apply for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot). Such applications will be considered if the candidate's disciplinary record is modified or expunged as a result of the grievance or Police Board hearing so the member's disciplinary record meets the disciplinary standards set forth in this directive.
  • H.have an acceptable attendance record. The candidate's attendance record cannot reflect any unauthorized absences within the preceding twelve-month period;
  • I.meet acceptable medical roll usage guidelines. If the candidate's medical roll usage reflects nine or more medical incidents and/or forty-five days or more on the medical roll within the preceding three-year period, absent exceptional circumstances, or demonstrates a pattern of medical roll abuse or misuse (i.e., the candidate goes on the medical roll when assigned to an involuntary detail; the medical roll use is linked to furlough, RDOs, or other time due to extend time off; or the candidate is found to have used the medical roll in an unauthorized manner or demonstrates other behaviors demonstrating medical roll misuse), the candidate will be disqualified;
    NOTE:
    Medical time used in relation to approved FMLA leaves, ADA accommodations, or IOD injuries cannot be the basis for disqualification.
  • J.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago;
  • K.be willing to forego days off on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, as required by operational needs;
  • L.be willing to reschedule a furlough period if it conflicts with training;
  • M.have received performance ratings above the minimum rating score necessary to qualify for a step increase as defined in the Department directive entitled "Performance Evaluations of All Sworn Department Members Below the Rank of Superintendent" for each of the last four evaluations.
  • N.if currently appointed to a D-2A grade, be willing to forego D-2A status and pay and accept D-2 status and pay upon assignment to the Helicopter Unit as a Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot);
  • O.purchase and maintain equipment and accessories unique to the assignment of Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot);
  • P.not have been previously removed for cause from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot).
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.Candidates will:
    • 2.click the link, "Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot)" under Job Openings;
    • 3.follow the procedures for submitting an application. A "Candidate Experience Click-by-Click Guide" is available on the Human Resource Division intranet site to assist in submitting an application. To access the guide, click on Bureau Sites, then click on Human Resources Division, then click on Career Development and Performance, and then click on Candidate Experience Guide.
      NOTE:
      Questions regarding completing a profile or application in careers should be directed to the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976.
  • B.Candidates will:
    • 1.print out the Medical Statement and Medical Consent Form and ensure the forms are properly completed;
    • 2.submit the properly completed original signed forms to the Human Resources Division (Unit 123), Employment Section, by the close of the application period.
  • C.submit a resume which includes flight-related experience, education, and licensing, as well as Department assignments and experience to the Human Resources Division (Unit 123), Employment Section, by the close of the application period.
  • D.submit a copy of his or her FAA Pilot License (both sides) and a copy of the pertinent pages of a flight log book that proves compliance with the flight-time requirements listed in Item III-C of this directive, to the Human Resources Division (Unit 123), Employment Section, by the close of the application period.
    NOTE:
    If applicable, candidates must disclose any aviation accident or major violation listed on their pilot certificate by submitting a To/From Subject Report to to the Human Resources Division (Unit 123), Employment Section, by the close of the application period.
  • E.submit a copy of a valid FAA Medical Certificate (any class) to the Human Resources Division (Unit 123), Employment Section, by the close of the application period.
    NOTE:
    Members will be disqualified from continuing in the selection process if all the above-listed required documents are not received by the Human Resources Division, Employment Section, by the close of the application process.
  • F.Proxy applications will be allowed under limited circumstances such as military duty. To submit a proxy application, the candidate’s proxy will contact the Human Resources Division, Career Development and Performance Management Section, at 312-745-5225, before the close of the application period.
  • G.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot) must be willing and able to perform the duties as outlined in Item II of this directive.
  • H.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot), and meet the eligibility criteria as delineated in Item III of this directive will be scheduled to participate in a police-oriented mission helicopter ride-along. These candidates will be notified by a member of the Helicopter Unit of the date, time, and location to report for the ride-along test. Members who fail to appear for their assigned date, time, and location will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
V.Selection Process
  • A.The selection process consists of a police-oriented mission helicopter ride-along test flight and an oral interview. Any candidate who does not successfully complete all components of the police-oriented mission helicopter ride-along test flight will be disqualified from continuing in the selection process and must immediately leave the test facility without debate.
  • B.Police-oriented mission helicopter ride-along test flight
    Candidates will participate in a police-oriented mission helicopter ride-along test flight that will last approximately 1.5 hours and will take place during nighttime hours within the City of Chicago. A candidate will be assessed on his or her ability:
    • 1.to participate in tactical flight without experiencing any problems with kinetosis (motion sickness).
    • 2.to determine cardinal directions (North, South, East, West) during tactical flight.
      NOTE:
      The police-oriented mission helicopter ride-along test is graded on a pass/fail basis. Candidates must successfully complete each component of the police-oriented mission helicopter ride-along test flight in order to be scheduled for an oral interview.
  • C.Oral Interview
    • 1.Candidates who pass the police-oriented mission helicopter ride-along test will be scheduled for an oral interview during which candidates will be rated in the following area:
      • a.willingness to accept the duties and responsibilities of a Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot);
      • b.relevant Department experience and assignments;
      • c.helicopter experience: logged hours and type of helicopter;
      • d.additional flight experience;
      • e.communication skills.
    • 2.The oral interview will be conducted by a minimum of three individuals who have knowledge of the duties performed by a Police Officer (Assigned as a Helicopter Pilot).
    • 3.Each panel member will independently determine whether the candidate demonstrates competency of each dimension of the job addressed in the interview by checking whether the candidate clearly demonstrates competency, demonstrates some aspects of competency, or does not demonstrate competency. Each panel member will independently provide an overall summary of the candidate based on the interview criteria and then will independently indicate whether he or she recommends the candidate for hire. After all candidates have been interviewed, the panel and the hiring manager will meet to conduct a consensus meeting. A representative from the Human Resources Division will attend the consensus meeting. At the consensus meeting, the panel members will discuss each candidate and reach a consensus on whether the candidate will be eligible for hire. Those candidates eligible for hire will be ranked and all selections will be made based on the rankings of those selected for hire. Disputes will be resolved by the hiring manager.
    • 4.Candidates will be notified of the date, time, and place to report for the oral interview. Members who fail to appear for their assigned oral interview date, time, and location will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
  • D.Candidates will not be compensated for overtime when scheduled to report for any portion of the selection process during off-duty hours. The station supervisor / designated unit supervisors will excuse a member who has been scheduled for testing during duty hours, provided that the station supervisor / designated unit supervisor was notified by the member at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled testing.
VI.Eligibility List
  • A.At the conclusion of the consensus meeting, the names of the top-rated candidates will be placed in rank order on the eligibility list. Ties will be resolved by seniority and date of birth.
  • B.As vacancies occur, candidates will be selected from the eligibility list to attend a twelve-month Helicopter Unit Operations training program.
  • C.Candidates selected to participate in the training program have the option to waive participating in the training program by submitting a To-From-Subject report to the Helicopter Unit commanding officer requesting a "Waiver of Eligibility." Candidates will remain eligible for participating in future Helicopter Unit training programs only for the duration of this list.
  • D.Management reserves the right to fill 20% of recognized vacancies at its discretion without regard to seniority or rank score, provided that the position is filled by a candidate on the eligibility list.
  • E.The eligibility list may be stricken at any time at the discretion of the Department. Placement on the eligibility list is not a guarantee of appointment to the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot).
VII.Training Program
  • A.Selection to participate in the Helicopter Unit training program will not constitute an appointment to the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot). A member selected to participate in the training program will be carried code 47, In Training, by his or her unit for the duration of training. Upon successful completion of the training program, the member will return to his or her unit of assignment. The member will be assigned to the Helicopter Unit only after receiving approval from the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Office of Budget and Management (OBM).
  • B.The Helicopter Unit training will consist of a twelve-month program.
  • C.Candidates selected for the training program will:
    • 1.take and pass a drug screening and a thorough medical examination, the scope of which will be determined by the Medical Services Section, immediately prior to the start of training. All medical examinations conducted as part of this selection process will be performed by medical personnel paid for and contracted by the Chicago Police Department;
    • 2.undergo six months of tactical flight officer (TFO) training. Trainees must pass all aspects of TFO training to proceed;
    • 3.obtain an FAA Medical Certificate Second Class within the first sixty days of training;
    • 4.undergo training in the Department helicopters to meet the Department's requirements of flight time in a turbine engine-powered rotorcraft; the minimum turbine engine-powered rotorcraft time of 100 hours and total rotorcraft flight time of 300 hours;
    • 5.be detailed to the Helicopter Unit for the duration of training;
    • 6.have in their possession, on the first day of detail, uniform parts and accessories unique to the assignment of Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot);
    • 7.adjust their furlough period(s) if a segment conflicts with the training program or operational needs;
    • 8.successfully complete all training components and requirements by the end of the scheduled training period;
    • 9.perform satisfactorily in skills proficiency exams;
    • 10.be willing and able to participate in equipment maintenance.
  • D.At any time during the training program, if it becomes apparent to the Helicopter Unit commanding officer, a unit supervisor, or instructor that a member exhibits problematic behavioral traits, and/or is physically or psychologically incapable of performing required duties, or fails training-program testing, the supervisor or instructor will request the member be terminated from the training program. The request must document the reason(s) for termination from the training program and will be submitted through the chain of command to the appropriate exempt commanding officer. Reasons for termination include, but are not limited to:
    • 1.failing any required training component, proficiency exam, or certification process;
    • 2.failing to remain in a full-duty status;
    • 3.the member demonstrating a lack of physical coordination, stamina, or strength to the degree that the member cannot perform the duties of a Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot) as delineated in this directive.
    • 4.failure to maintain an FAA Medical Certificate Second Class.
  • E.The exempt commanding officer will review and, if appropriate, approve any requests to remove a candidate from training. Members who are terminated from the training program will be returned to their district or unit of assignment.
  • F.Only those members who have successfully completed the training and evaluation program will be eligible for assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot).
  • G.Members must be in a full-duty status at all times during training.
  • H.If the number of personnel assigned to the Helicopter Unit are reduced, members in training will have their detail cancelled and will be returned to their unit of assignment.
  • I.The final training that a candidate must complete before being permitted to fly a Department helicopter as pilot in command consists of the successful completion of a manufacturer's initial flight training program. This training program is sponsored by the Department and is only scheduled once a candidate has completed all other flight training.
VIII.Additional Conditions
  • A.if selected and not already licensed, a candidate must be willing to continue training at his or her own expense to obtain the commercial rotorcraft license no later than nine calendar months from the start of the training program;
    NOTE:
    Candidates will be subject to removal if they do not continue training at their own expense to obtain the commercial rotorcraft license no later than nine calendar months from the start of the training program.
  • B.Once obtained, a member must maintain a valid Commercial Rotorcraft License.
  • C.Once assigned as a Helicopter Pilot, 9154, a Second Class FAA Medical Certificate must be maintained as a condition of assignment.
  • D.All assigned members of the Helicopter Unit are required to demonstrate Helicopter flight proficiency on an annual basis. Failure to maintain proficiency will subject the member to removal from assignment to the Helicopter Unit as a Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot).
  • E.At any time during assignment to the Helicopter Unit, if a member demonstrates a lack of knowledge, skills, or abilities necessary for the job, is unable to perform the essential duties of the position, or exhibits problematic behavior that conflicts with the goals or mission of the unit, the member will be subject to removal from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot) and will be returned to his or her career-service rank of police officer.
  • F.Members must remain in a full-duty status to be eligible for continued assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Helicopter Pilot).
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
17-043 SB