Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-33
Application for Police Technician: Bureau of Organized Crime (Title Code 9126)
Issue Date:21 November 2018Effective Date:21 November 2018
Rescinds:
Index Category:Career Development
I.PURPOSE
This directive:
  • A.informs sworn members below the rank of sergeant that applications for Police Technician — Bureau of Organized Crime (BOC) Title Code 9126, are being accepted until 1500 hours on 14 December 2018.
  • B.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, selection process, and training program for sworn members below the rank of sergeant for assignment as a Police Technician — Bureau of Organized Crime (BOC) Title Code 9126.
II.ASSIGNMENT AND DUTIES
Under supervision, a sworn member of the Chicago Police Department supports a range of confidential criminal and administrative investigations conducted by the Bureau of Organized Crime and other CPD units. Police Technicians — BOC facilitate authorized court-ordered consensual overhears, review, download, and process digital evidence on electronic devices/mediums such as computers, servers, cameras, etc., and are responsible for the maintenance, inventory, repair and tracking of electronic equipment used by the Bureau of Organized Crime. A Police Technician — BOC will have, among other responsibilities:
  • A.Surveillance and Support for Investigations
    • 1.Retrieve surveillance video from private property and licensed establishments as requested by detectives, investigators, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), and the Internal Affairs Division (IAD). Provide originals and requested copies to the requesting investigators for inventory;
    • 2.Retrieve evidentiary video from crime scenes captured by private security DVR systems for both CPD and outside law enforcement agencies;
    • 3.Conduct authorized security sweeps and surveys;
    • 4.Operate and download to CD, DVD, or other media recordings of evidentiary value from covert body-worn devices and provide originals and copies as requested by investigating members.
    • 5.Utilize special equipment to process and clarify audio and video data files;
    • 6.Conduct facial recognition analysis through use of specialized technical equipment;
    • 7.Produce still images for evidentiary purposes.
  • B.Court Responsibilities
    • 1.Support court ordered overhears;
    • 2.Assist in court-ordered GPS tracking during investigations;
    • 3.Facilitate electronic surveillance court orders and emergency (exigent circumstances) paper work as it pertains to kidnappings, endangered missing persons, etc.;
    • 4.Provide cellular phone companies with court orders;
    • 5.Support and participate in highly sensitive investigations with legally enforceable non-disclosure parameters;
    • 6.Prepare for and provide courtroom testimony;
    • 7.Review submitted court orders for accuracy prior to submission to appropriate entity/cellular provider.
  • C.Training Responsibilities
    • 1.Complete training and certification as an Electronic Criminal Surveillance Officer (ECSO) I and II.;
    • 2.Complete training and demonstrate competence in operating countermeasure equipment;
    • 3.Complete any other training deemed necessary;
    • 4.Keep abreast of technical publications and legal decisions that affect the collection and dissemination of evidence;
    • 5.Instruct ESCO I (Electronic Criminal Surveillance Officer) certified officers on the use of electronic surveillance equipment and computers utilized to conduct court ordered overhears;
    • 6.Instruct Department members in the use and application of covert security cameras;
    • 7.Instruct authorized Department members on the proper use and care of surveillance equipment;
    • 8.Train staff assigned to the Bureau of Organized Crime in the use of specialized, technical, and covert surveillance equipment;
    • 9.Operate and maintain specialty vehicles;
    • 10.Train authorized members in the use of speciality vehicles.
  • D.Equipment Maintenance and Improvement Responsibilities
    • 1.Install, configure, maintain, and participate in inventory control and tracking of all electronic and technical support equipment including high-voltage covert pole cameras and GPS devices;
    • 2.Research and vett technology and equipment to be used by members of the Bureau of Organized Crime or authorized Department members;
    • 3.Maintain a network of covert pole cameras and conduct system repairs as needed;
    • 4.Maintain and install covert surveillance cameras in a high-voltage environment;
    • 5.Configure camera and modems through network servers;
    • 6.Fabricate covert equipment to best meet the needs of the Bureau of Organized Crime;
    • 7.Track, monitor, and inventory the use of of body-worn covert recording equipment;
    • 8.Troubleshoot and maintain the equipment and data collected through covert system servers;
    • 9.Operate and maintain covert surveillance vans, covert plate readers, and other specialty vehicles;
    • 10.Identify and recommend solutions to technical infrastructure problems or related issues;
    • 11.Manage the Homan Square Police Facility security camera network; operate and enter identification information into the keyless entry security system.
  • E.Physical Requirements: A Police Technician — BOC must be able to:
    • 1.lift and carry at least seventy-five pounds;
    • 2.maneuver under vehicles to instruct members on installation and removal of GPS devices;
    • 3.sit in cramped and confined spaces for extended periods of time;
    • 4.climb telephone poles and other objects or structures to position and retrieve equipment;
    • 5.work in an extreme height environment, up to forty feet; and
    • 6.perform assigned duties in inclement weather including rain, snow, and extreme heat and cold.
      NOTE:
      This list including all of the above duties is not inclusive; there may be other duties that are required of a Police Technician — BOC.
III.ELIGIBILITY
By the close of the application period, members who are interested in applying must:
  • A.have a minimum of five years of continuous service as a Police Officer with the Chicago Police Department;
  • B.be a sworn member below the rank of sergeant;
  • C.be willing and able to perform the duties of a Police Technician — BOC as outlined in Item II of this directive;
  • D.upon assignment, be willing and able to change watch assignments in accordance with the operational needs of the Unit;
  • E.be willing to adjust their furlough period(s) if a segment conflicts with the training program.;
  • F.have an acceptable disciplinary record. The candidate’s disciplinary record cannot reflect any sustained Complaint Register (CR) 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 CR investigations resulting in suspensions of any length of time within the past five years;
    NOTE:
    Sustained CR 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 Technician — BOC. 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 that the member’s disciplinary record meets the disciplinary standards set forth in this directive.
  • G.have an acceptable attendance record. The candidate’s attendance record cannot reflect any unauthorized absences within the preceding twelve-month period;
  • H.meet acceptable medical-roll usage guidelines. The candidate will be disqualified if the candidate’s medical-roll usage reflects nine or more medical incidents 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 of medical roll misuse);
    NOTE:
    Medical time used in relation to approved FMLA leaves, ADA accommodations, or IOD injuries cannot be the basis for disqualification.
  • I.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago;
  • J.have received performance ratings above the minimum rating score necessary to qualify for a step increase as defined in the Department directive entitled “Performance Evaluation System” for each of the last four evaluations;
  • K.if currently appointed to a D-2A grade, be willing to resign D-2A status and pay and accept D-2 status and pay upon assignment as a Police Technician — BOC;
  • L.not have been previously removed for cause from assignment as a Police Technician — BOC.
IV.APPLICATION PROCEDURES
  • A.Candidates will:
    • 2.select the link, "Police Technician — Bureau of Organized Crime " under "Job Openings"; and
    • 3.follow the procedures for submitting an application. A "Candidate Experience Click-by Click Guide" is available on the Human Resources 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 Documents and Forms, and then click on "Candidate Experience Guide."
      NOTE:
      Questions regarding completing a profile or application should be directed to the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976.
  • B.Candidates will:
    • 2.ensure the forms are properly completed;
    • 3.return the properly completed original forms to the Human Resources Division (Unit 123), Employment Section, by the close of the application period. Members will be disqualified from continuing in the selection process if completed forms are not received by the Human Resources Division, Employment Section, by the close of the application process.
  • C.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.
  • D.Members who have applied for the position of Police Technician — BOC must be willing and able to perform the duties outlined in Item II of this directive.
  • E.Members who have applied for the position of Police Technician — BOC and who meet the eligibility criteria as delineated in Item III of this directive will be scheduled to participate in the Written Computer / Network / Mobility Aptitude Examination and, if scoring among the top fifty, an Applied Practical Examination.
V.SELECTION PROCESS
The selection process will include a Written Computer / Network/ Mobility Aptitude Examination and, if scoring among the top fifty, an Applied Practical Examination.
  • A.Eligible members will be notified by Department email of the time and location to report for the Written Computer / Network/ Mobility Aptitude Examination.
    NOTE:
    Members who are late or who fail to appear for the Written Computer / Network/ Mobility Aptitude Examination on the assigned date, time, and location will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
  • B.Written Computer / Network/ Mobility Aptitude Examination
    • 1.The multiple choice examination is designed to measure the candidate's acquired practical knowledge and innate ability relative to computers and networking skills. It is used to assess the candidate's potential for success in training for the position of Police Technician — BOC.
    • 2.Candidates scoring among the top fifty of those who take the Written Computer / Network/ Mobility Aptitude Examination will proceed to the Applied Practical Examination phase of the selection process. Tie scores will be resolved by seniority and date of birth.
  • C.Applied Practical Examination
    • 1.This examination is conducted under field operational conditions. Each task will be demonstrated prior to the candidate performing the task. Candidates must successfully complete each of the tasks listed below within a reasonable amount of time. Candidates that fail to complete an exercise or fail to complete an exercise within a reasonable amount of time will not be eligible to proceed in the process. Candidates who successfully complete the Applied Practical Examination will be placed in rank order based on their cumulative score in this process. The required tasks include:
      • a.simulated pole camera installation and take down. Without demonstrating a fear of heights, candidates will be required to lift a bag of tools weighing thirty pounds into a bucket truck, climb into the bucket truck, and be lifted to a height of twenty feet. Candidates will then simulate the installation and removal of a pole camera within a reasonable amount of time.
        NOTE:
        Candidates will be suited-up with a safety harness and will be strapped into the bucket prior to elevation and will not be working with live electricity.
      • b.simulated video retrieval from DVR/CCTV surveillance system. Candidates will burn a time-specific file from a DVR/CCTV surveillance system to a disk and verify playback utilizing a laptop within a reasonable amount of time.
      • c.download an audio file from a voice recorder. Candidates will burn the audio file to a disk and verify the playback within a reasonable amount of time.
    • 2.Candidates will be notified by Department email of the date, time, and place to report for the Applied Practical Examination. Members who fail to appear for their assigned Applied Practical Examination date, time, and location will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
  • D.Members will not be compensated with overtime when scheduled to report for any portion of the selection process during off-duty hours. The unit commanding officer will excuse a member who has been scheduled for testing during duty hours, provided that the unit commanding officer was notified by the member at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled testing.
VI.ELIGIBILITY LIST
  • A.At the conclusion of the selection process, 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. Those candidates will submit to a thorough background check to include financial history prior to being assigned as a Police Technician — BOC.
  • B.As vacancies occur, candidates will be selected from an eligibility list to attend a Police Technician — BOC training program.
  • C.Candidates selected to participate in the Police Technician - BOC training program have the option of waiving participation in the training program by submitting a To-From-Subject report to the Director, Human Resources Division, requesting a "Waiver of Eligibility." Candidates will remain eligible to participate in future Police Technician — BOC training programs only for the duration of the eligibility 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 Technician — BOC.
VII.TRAINING AND EVALUATION PROGRAM
  • A.As vacancies occur, candidates will be selected from the eligibility list to attend a Police Technician — BOC training program and will serve a 90 workday training and evaluation period.
  • B.Candidates selected for training and evaluation:
    • 1.must take and pass a drug screening and a thorough medical examination, the scope of which will be determined by the Medical 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.must remain in full-duty status at all times during training and evaluation;
    • 3.will be carried code 47, In Training, by their units for the duration of the Police Technician — BOC Training Program;
    • 4.must adjust their furlough period(s) if a segment conflicts with the training program;
    • 5.must successfully complete all training components, requirements, and proficiency examinations during the training period;
    • 6.must perform satisfactorily in all certification exams;
    • 7.must be properly attired in the prescribed field uniform as identified in the Department directive titled "Personal Appearance, Uniform/Citizen's Dress and Equipment."
  • C.Training will consist of 90 days of classroom and on-the-job training including working with a current Police Technician - BOC.
  • D.Upon successful completion of training, members will return to their units of assignments if not immediately assigned as a Police Technician — BOC.
    NOTE:
    The member will be assigned to the Bureau of Organized Crime as a Police Technician — BOC only after the Chicago Police Department Human Resources Division receives approval from the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Budget and Management.
  • E.Members who do not successfully complete the training program will not be eligible for the position of Police Technician — BOC.
  • F.If at any time during the training program it becomes apparent that a member exhibits problematic behavioral traits, is physically or psychologically incapable of performing required duties, or fails training program testing, a unit supervisor or instructor will request the participating 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 and to the Director, Human Resources Division. Reasons for termination include, but are not limited to:
    • 1.inability to work in a team environment;
    • 2.failure to maintain the strength and stamina needed to perform the duties of a Police Technician — BOC as enumerated in Item II of this directive.
VIII.ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS
  • A.Members must remain in a full-duty status at all times while assigned to the Bureau of Organized Crime as a Police Technician — BOC.
  • B.If at any time during assignment to the Bureau of Organized Crime, a member demonstrates a lack of knowledge, skills, or abilities necessary for the assignment, is unable to perform the essential duties of the position, or exhibits any problematic behavior that conflicts with the goals or mission of the unit, the member will be subject to review and removal from assignment as a Police Technician — BOC and will be returned to his or her career-service rank of Police Officer.
    NOTE:
    When a supervisor becomes aware that a Police Technician — BOC is not adequately performing the functions or his or her assignment, the supervisor will initiate the removal process consistent with the Department directive entitled "Removal Process For D-2, D-2A and D-3 Positions."
  • C.If at any time a member requests to be moved to another unit outside of the Police Technician — BOC, he or she must voluntarily resign from the Title Code 9126 Police Technician — BOC position.
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
SB 16-046