Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-08
Application for Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer), Title Code 9164
Issue Date:06 June 2018Effective Date:06 June 2018
Rescinds:13 October 2017 Version
Index Category:Career Development
I.PURPOSE
This directive:
  • A.informs sworn members below the rank of sergeant that applications for Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) are being accepted until 1500 hours on Friday, 06 July 2018.
  • B.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, selection process, and training program for Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer).
II.ASSIGNMENT AND DUTIES
A Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) will:
  • A.be assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, District Law Enforcement.
  • B.be assigned to a watch and not assigned to tactical or foot patrol while performing field duties.
  • C.instruct probationary police officers in the following law enforcement subject areas:
    • 1.ethics
    • 2.arrest procedures
    • 3.community interaction
    • 4.demeanor
    • 5.Department policies
    • 6.patrol procedures
    • 7.physical skills/control tactics
    • 8.traffic enforcement
    • 9.use of force
    • 10.use of de-escalation tactics
    • 11.vehicle operation
    • 12.verbal communication
    • 13.report writing
    • 14.other topics and/or skills as necessary.
  • D.observe, evaluate, and document the progress of probationary police officers and prepare progress reports.
  • E.make recommendations (supported by documentation) concerning the qualifications of probationary police officers, including any deficiencies which may prohibit the probationary police officer from being qualified for the position of police officer.
  • F.function as a trainer and conduct training as prescribed by the Education and Training Division in conjunction with Bureau of Patrol directives.
  • G.perform related duties as required.
III.ELIGIBILITY
By the close of the application period, members who are interested in applying must:
  • A.have a minimum of three 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 Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) as outlined in Item II of this directive;
  • D.upon appointment, be willing and able to change watch assignments in accordance with the operational needs of the district;
  • E.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 Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer). 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.
  • F.have an acceptable attendance record. The candidate’s attendance record cannot reflect any unauthorized absences within the preceding twelve-month period;
  • G.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.
  • H.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago;
  • I.be willing to adjust their furlough period(s) if a segment conflicts with the training program.
  • 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 Evaluations of All Sworn Department Members below the Rank of Superintendent" 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 Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer);
  • L.not have been previously removed for cause from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer).
IV.APPLICATION PROCEDURES
  • A.Candidates will:
    • NOTE:
      An application for Police Officer (Assigned as a Field Training Officer) may be accessed on any computer with an internet connection, Departmental or not.
    • 2.select the link, "Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer)" 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.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.
  • C.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) must be willing and able to perform the duties outlined in Item II of this directive.
  • D.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) and meet the eligibility criteria as delineated in Item III of this directive will participate in the Written Practical Examination.
V.SELECTION PROCESS
The selection process will include a Written Practical Examination that will be held on Saturday, 28 July 2018, and will be based on the Police Officer Assigned as a Field Training Officer's Exam Recommended Reading List.
  • A.Eligible members will be notified by Department email of the 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 examination will consist of multiple-choice questions based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) duties.
VI.REFERENCE MATERIAL
The Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) 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 Field Training Officer).
VII.ELIGIBILITY LIST
  • A.Candidates who have a passing score of at least 70% on the Written Practical Examination will be placed in rank order by score on an eligibility list of qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer).
  • B.Candidates on the eligibility list will be eligible to work out of grade as an Acting FTO.
  • C.As vacancies occur, candidates will be selected from the eligibility list to attend a training program.
  • D.Candidates selected to participate in the Field Training Officer 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 Field Training Officer Training Programs only for the duration of the eligibility list.
  • E.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.
  • F.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 Field Training Officer).
VIII.TRAINING AND EVALUATION PROGRAM
  • A.The Field Training Officer Training Program will consist of an in-class curriculum and training program.
  • 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 be in a 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 Field Training Officer Training Program;
    • 4.must adjust their furlough period(s) if a segment conflicts with the training program;
    • 5.must successfully complete all training components and requirements during the training period;
    • 6.must perform satisfactorily in proficiency 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."
    • 8.will be permitted to request a district of assignment.
      NOTE:
      District assignments will be made by the Bureau of Patrol based on operational needs.
  • C.Upon successful completion of training, members will return to their units of assignment if not immediately appointed to Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer). Members who do not successfully complete the training program will not be eligible for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer).
  • D.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.failing 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 such as Taser device certification, expandable baton certification, and any other required certifications or training components.
    • 4.failing to remain in a full-duty status;
    • 5.failure to maintain the strength and stamina needed to perform the duties of a Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) as enumerated Item II of this directive.
  • E.The member will be assigned to the Bureau of Patrol as a Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) only after the Chicago Police Department Human Resources Division receives approval from the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Budget and Management.
IX.ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS
  • A.Members must remain in a full-duty status at all times while detailed or assigned to the Bureau of Patrol as a Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer) to remain eligible for D2 pay.
  • B.If at any time during assignment to the Bureau of Patrol, 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 Field Training Officer) and will be returned to his or her career-service rank of Police Officer.
    NOTE:
    When a supervisor becomes aware that an FTO 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 available FTO Program positions, he or she must voluntarily resign from Title Code 9164, Police Officer (Assigned as Field Training Officer).
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
18-042 SB