Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-31
Application For Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist), Title Code 9151
Issue Date:31 August 2016Effective Date:31 August 2016
Rescinds:
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.informs Department members that internet applications for Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) are being accepted until 23 September 2016 at 1500 hours.
  • B.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, selection process, and training program for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist), title code 9151.
II.Duties
The tasks and duties of a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) will include all the duties and responsibilities of a Police Officer, title code 9161. Additionally, a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) will:
  • A.photograph evidence, traffic crash scenes, vehicles, and any other related items of evidentiary value.
  • B.interview witnesses, victims, offenders, and other parties involved in an investigation.
  • C.measure crash scenes using measuring devices and equipment.
  • D.reconstruct crucial elements of crash and hit and run scenes using the reconstruction methods consisting of scientific, analytical and mathematical practices.
  • E.have familiarity of electronically recorded interviews (ERI) for interviewing purposes.
  • F.download the crash data retrieval (CDR) of specific vehicles.
  • G.write investigative reports often requiring fifteen (15) to twenty (20) pages.
  • H.process and investigate hit and run traffic crash handouts.
  • I.issue citations when appropriate.
  • J.attend and testify at court and other related proceedings.
  • K.inventory evidence when needed.
  • L.remove air bags from vehicles when an Evidence Technician is not available.
  • M.work with the State's Attorney's Office on obtaining felony charges.
  • N.have familiarity with the CHRIS reporting system.
  • O.create a neat and orderly file for each case assigned.
  • P.create community alerts when appropriate.
  • Q.work with the public in developing leads and crucial evidence needed.
  • R.canvass areas near scenes for additional witnesses, videos, and evidence.
  • S.prepare towed vehicle disposition reports.
  • T.have familiarity with bonding procedures.
  • U.have familiarity with 48 hour probable cause and duty judge circumstances.
  • V.prepare felony 101's and complaints.
  • W.prepare scene diagrams using computer-aided design (CAD) programs.
  • X.generate investigative alerts.
  • Y.utilize criminal history and name check procedures.
  • Z.prepare and execute search warrants.
  • AA.receive, record, and document notifications of serious personal injury (SPI) and fatal crashes.
  • AB.answer telephones and respond to telephone messages.
  • AC.request and review POD and private video.
  • AD.utilize assigned personal computers when necessary.
  • AE.provide instructional training at the academy.
  • AF.notify family members regarding death or serious injuries of loved ones and the disposition of their cases.
  • AG.operate and maintain Department vehicles.
  • AH.organize and monitor assigned cases.
  • AI.purchase and maintain equipment and accessories unique to the assignment of a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist).
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.be willing and able to perform the duties of a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) as outlined in Item II of this directive.
  • C.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.
  • D.have the time in rank as follows:
    • 1.to be eligible to take this examination, all candidates must be employed by the City of Chicago as a Career Service Chicago Police Officer who are (1) actually employed or (2) are on approved leaves of absence or (3) are eligible for reinstatement. Candidates must have completed their probationary period. Persons who do not meet all these requirements are not eligible to apply for or take any part of this examination and will be disqualified.
    • 2.to be eligible for appointment, a candidate must have met all the eligibility requirements for taking the examination as listed in this application. A candidate also must have completed their probationary period and served 18 months as an active Career Service Chicago Police Officer prior to the date the Human Resources Division posts the pre-service training notice via the Administrative Message Center. Candidates who do not meet all these requirements will not be allowed to attend pre-service training and will not be appointed.
  • E.have an acceptable disciplinary record. The candidate’s disciplinary record cannot reflect any sustained Complaint Register (C.R.) investigations for misconduct resulting in suspensions of more than seven (7) days during the preceding 12 month period; or a record of three (3) 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. 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.
  • F.have an acceptable attendance record. The candidate's attendance record cannot reflect any unauthorized absences within the preceding 12 month period.
  • G.meet acceptable medical roll usage guidelines. If the candidate's medical roll usage reflects nine (9) or more medical incidents and/or 45 days or more on the medical roll within the preceding three (3) 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.
  • H.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago.
  • I.be willing to forego days off on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, as required by operational needs.
  • J.be willing to reschedule a furlough period if it conflicts with training.
  • K.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.
  • L.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 Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist).
  • M.not have been previously removed for cause from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist), title code 9151.
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.Candidates will:
    • 2.click the link, "Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist)" under "Job Openings;" and
    • 3.follow the procedures for submitting an application. A "Candidate Experience Click-by-Click Guide" is available on the Human Resource Division's 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;
    • 2.ensure the forms are properly completed; and
    • 3.return the properly completed original forms to the Human Resources Division (Unit 123), Administration Section, by the close of the application period. Members will be disqualified from continuing in the selection process if completed original forms are not received by the Human Resources Division, Administration 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 Section, at 312-745-5225 before the close of the application period.
  • D.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) must be willing and able to perform the duties as outlined in Item II of this directive.
  • E.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist), and who meet the eligibility criteria as delineated in Item III of this directive, will be scheduled to participate in the Written Practical Examination. Candidates will be notified by Department email of the date, time, and location to report for the Written Practical Examination at a later date. Members who fail to appear for their assigned Written Practical Examination date, time, and location will be disqualified and not be rescheduled.
V.Selection Process
The selection process will include a Written Practical Examination and will be based on the Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) Exam Recommended Reading List.
  • A.Eligible members will be notified by Department email of the date, time, and location to report for the examination.
    NOTE:
    Members who are late or who fail to appear for the Written Practical Examination on the assigned date, time, and location will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
  • B.The Written Practical Examination will consist of two parts which will be administered consecutively on the same day:
    • 1.Part I: consists of a series of multiple-choice questions based on the candidate's mathematical skills and abilities. Candidates must score within the top 70% of Part I in order to have Part II of the examination scored. Part II of the Written Practical Examination will not be scored for candidates who fall in the bottom 30% of Part I. Ties will be resolved by seniority or date of birth.
    • 2.Part II: consists of a series of multiple choice, true/false, and scenario based questions based on the candidate's knowledge of the Department's written directives, Illinois State law and the listed or required forms on the The Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) Exam Recommended Reading List. Only candidates who score in the top 70% of Part II will be placed on the rank eligibility list for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist). Ties will be resolved by seniority and date of birth.
  • C.Candidates will not be processed for overtime when scheduled to report for any portion of the selection process during off duty hours. The station supervisor/designated unit supervisor will excuse a member who has been scheduled for testing during duty hours, provided the station supervisor/designated unit supervisor was notified by the affected member at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled testing.
VI.Reference Material
The Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) Exam Recommended Reading List is a suggested study guide for the written test phase of the selection process for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist).
VII.Eligibility List
  • A.Candidates who score within the top 70% of Part II of the Written Practical Examination will be placed in rank order on an eligibility list of qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist). Ties will be resolved by seniority and date of birth.
  • B.As vacancies occur, candidates will be selected from the eligibility list to attend an eight week Traffic Specialist training program.
  • C.Candidates selected to participate in the Traffic Specialist training program have the option to waive participating in the training program by submitting a To-From-Subject report to the Director, Human Resource Division, requesting a "Waiver of Eligibility." Candidates will remain eligible to participate in future Traffic Specialist 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 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 Traffic Specialist).
VIII.Training Program
  • A.The Traffic Specialist Training Program will consist of an eight week program conducted at the Northwestern Center for Public Safety in Evanston, Illinois. Candidates who successfully complete the program will sit for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Crash Reconstruction Specialist Examination conducted over two days in Springfield, Illinois.
  • B.Upon successful completion of the Traffic Specialist Training Program and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Crash Reconstruction Specialist Examination, candidates will return to the Major Accident Investigation Unit where they will be detailed for three police periods, one on each watch, for continued training and evaluation prior to being appointed to the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist).
    NOTE:
    If the evaluation period is interrupted for any reason, the evaluation period will be suspended until the member resumes the duties related to training and evaluation period.
  • C.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 be 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 Traffic Specialist Training Program.
    • 4.must adjust their furlough period(s) if a segment conflicts with the training program and/or operational needs.
    • 5.must successfully complete all training components and requirements during the training program.
    • 6.must perform satisfactory in proficiency exams.
    • 7.must be properly attired in the prescribed field uniform as identified in the Department directive entitled "Personal Appearance, Uniform/Citizen's Dress and Equipment."
  • D.Upon successful completion of training, the member will return to their unit of assignment if not appointed immediately to Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist). Members who do not successfully complete the training program will not be eligible for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist).
  • E.At any time during the training program, if it becomes apparent that a member exhibits problematic behavior traits, and/or 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 their 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.failure of any required training component or proficiency exam.
    • 2.failure to properly maintain personal appearance, uniform, and equipment standards.
    • 3.failure to complete required training components and any other required certifications.
    • 4.failure to remain in a full-duty status.
    • 5.failure to maintain the strength and stamina to perform the duties of a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) as enumerated in Item II of this directive.
  • F.The member will be assigned to the Bureau of Detectives as a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) only after the Chicago Police Department's Human Resource Division received approval from the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Office of Budget and Management (OBM).
IX.Additional Conditions
  • A.Members assigned as Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) will be required to become certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as a Lead Homicide Investigator (LHI). This consists of an initial 40 hour course at the Education and Training Division and 32 hours of in-service training every four (4) years.
  • B.Members must remain in a full-duty status at all times while detailed or assigned to the Bureau of Detectives as a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) in order to remain eligible for D-2 pay.
  • C.At any time during assignment to the Bureau of Detectives, if 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, the member will be subject to review and removal from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) and will be returned to their career service rank of Police Officer, title code 9161.
    NOTE:
    When a supervisor becomes aware that a Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) 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, D-3 Positions."
  • D.If at any time a member requests to be moved to another unit outside the assignment of a Police Office (Assigned as Traffic Specialist) position, he or she must voluntarily resign from title code 9151, Police Officer (Assigned as Traffic Specialist).
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
15-070 SB/RCL