Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-23
Application For Police Officer (Assigned As Marine Officer), title code 9168
Issue Date:14 February 2014Effective Date:14 February 2014
Rescinds:21 February 2012 Version
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.informs Department members that internet applications for Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer) are being accepted until 07 MARCH 2014 at 1500 hours.
  • B.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, selection process, and training for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer), title code 9168.
  • C.introduces the use of the internet application.
II.Duties
A Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer) will:
  • A.be assigned to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations.
  • B.patrol Chicago’s waterways.
  • C.enforce the Municipal Code of Chicago and Illinois State Statutes.
  • D.ensure compliance with maritime safety laws.
  • E.provide for public safety by:
    • 1.responding to active drowning incidents.
    • 2.responding to boating accidents, boat fires, sinking vessels, and "May Day" incidents.
    • 3.perform search and rescue functions for vessels and citizens in distress.
    • 4.acting as the City’s first-response unit during any major maritime disaster.
    • 5.performing rafting and towing of disabled vessels.
    • 6.training for and participating in Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) operations in black water with zero visibility, polluted water during extreme cold and ice conditions, in severe weather, or at night in any body of water within the jurisdiction of Chicago or a requesting municipality whose request is approved by the Superintendent of Police.
    • 7.performing underwater vessel hull searches for explosive devices.
    • 8.performing Homeland Security functions.
    • 9.being detailed during special events.
    • 10.conducting safety inspections on vessels.
  • F.routinely clean Marine Unit vessels, vehicles, equipment and unit facilities and attend to duties relative to boat preparation and maintenance, such as preparing lines, knot tying, line splicing and checking engine fluids.
  • G.maintain proficiency and qualify annually with Department approved heavy weapons.
  • H.maintain a level of mental and physical fitness necessary to operate as a diver and rescue swimmer.
  • I.operate marine vessels in inclement weather and difficult wave conditions.
  • J.train in and utilize first aid, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) protocols as a licensed (medical) first responder.
  • K.respond to crimes and law enforcement issues in and around Chicago’s waterways.
  • L.document water-related and under water crime scenes in accordance with Water Evidence Team operating procedures.
  • M.interact with state and federal law enforcement agencies in the performance of Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations duties.
  • N.function effectively in two (2) to five (5) person crews aboard vessels in close quarters for extended periods of time.
  • O.respond to water related crime scenes and water related death investigations.
  • P.remove dead and decomposing bodies from Chicago's waterways.
  • Q.interact in a professional and courteous manner with the general public.
  • R.conduct informal water safety training at meetings convened in the fishing and boating community.
  • S.possess general operating familiarity with civilian water craft and sailing vessels.
  • T.drive the heavy dive truck with air brakes.
  • U.operate basic video surveillance equipment.
  • V.utilize equipment including but not limited to:
    • 1.radar.
    • 2.sonar/depth finders.
    • 3.GPS navigational systems.
    • 4.FLIR cameras.
    • 5.night vision systems.
    • 6.sector and side scan sonar.
    • 7.underwater communications systems.
    • 8.remote operated vehicle (ROV).
    • 9.underwater metal detectors.
  • W.train for and conduct ice surface rescues.
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 Marine Officer) 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 a minimum of three years of continuous service as a police officer with the Chicago Police Department.
  • 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 of Police Officer (Assigned as Marine 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 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:
    • 1.days off on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, as required by operational needs.
    • 2.4th Period annual and/or compensatory furlough segment selections.
  • J.be willing to reschedule a furlough period if it conflicts with training.
  • K.if applicable, 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 forego D-2A status and pay and accept D-2 status and pay upon assignment to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations as a Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer).
  • M.purchase and maintain equipment and accessories unique to the assignment of Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer) with an anticipated initial expenditure of $900.
  • N.not have been previously removed for cause from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer).
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.Candidates will:
    • 2.click the link, "Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer) 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'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:
    • 2.ensure the forms are properly completed;
    • 3.return the properly completed original forms to the Human Resources Division (Unit 123), Career Development and Performance Management 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, Career Development and Performance Management 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 Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer) 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 Marine Officer), and who meet the eligibility criteria as delineated in Item III of this directive, will be scheduled to participate in the Swimming Skills Test. These candidates will be notified of the date, time, and location to report for the Swimming Skills Test at a later date. Members who fail to appear for their assigned Swimming Skills Test date, time, and location will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
V.Selection Process
  • A.The selection process consists of a Swimming Skills Test and an oral interview. Candidates must successfully complete each component of the Swimming Skills Test to be scheduled for an oral interview. Any candidate who does not successfully complete any component of the Swimming Skills Test will be disqualified from continuing in the selection process and must immediately leave the test facility without debate.
  • B.Swimming Skills Test
    Candidates will not be permitted the assistance of any buoyancy device, including but not limited to, wet suits and shorties, masks, fins, or snorkels. Candidates may use low volume swim goggles that do not enclose the swimmer’s nose while being tested on the first three skills. Candidates may not use any assistive devices while being tested on skills 6 and 7. The Swimming Skills Test consists of the activities outlined below.
    • 1.Perform a 500 meter surface swim within 15 minutes. This component is graded on a pass/fail basis.
    • 2.Retrieve and surface with a ten-pound weight from the bottom of a pool that is 12 feet deep. Each candidate will be given three (3) attempts to successfully complete this skill. After the third attempt, the candidate is disqualified from continuing with the selection process.
    • 3.Retrieve and surface with three (3) plastic rings placed an indiscriminate distance apart from each other at the bottom of a pool that is 12 feet deep. Each candidate will be given three (3) attempts to successfully complete this skill. After the third attempt, the candidate is disqualified from continuing with the selection process.
    • 4.Tread water in place for 20 minutes. Each candidate will be given three (3) attempts to successfully complete this skill. After the third attempt, the candidate is disqualified from continuing with the selection process.
    • 5.Perform a 25 meter surface rescue tow using a person of equal weight within three (3) minutes. Each candidate will be given three (3) attempts to successfully complete this skill. After the third attempt, the candidate is disqualified from continuing with the selection process.
    • 6.Carry two 80 cubic foot SCUBA tanks a distance of 100 feet, in one continuous motion, without dropping the SCUBA tanks and without resting. Each candidate will be given three (3) attempts to successfully complete this skill. After the third attempt, the candidate is disqualified from continuing with the selection process.
    • 7.Remove themselves from water too deep to stand in while wearing a mask, fins, Buoyancy Compensator Device (BCD), and SCUBA tank onto the pool deck. Each candidate will be given three (3) attempts to successfully complete this skill. After the third attempt, the candidate is disqualified from continuing with the selection process.
  • C.Oral Interview
    • 1.Candidates who pass the Swimming Skills Test will be scheduled for an oral interview.
    • 2.Candidates will be rated in the areas of:
      • a.prior vessel or marine related experience, training, certifications or licenses.
      • b.SCUBA related experience, training, and certifications.
      • c.relevant Department experience and assignments.
      • d.willingness to accept duties and responsibilities as a Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer).
      • e.willingness to be trained as a licensed medical first responder.
      • f.appearance and demeanor.
      • g.communication skills.
    • 3.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 Marine Officer).
    • 4.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.
    • 5.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 were 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 50 top rated candidates will be placed in rank order on the eligibility list. Ties will be resolved by seniority.
  • B.As vacancies occur, candidates will be selected from the eligibility list to attend a fourteen week Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations training program.
  • C.Candidates selected to participate in the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations training program have the option to waive participating in the training program by submitting a To-From-Subject report to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations commanding officer requesting a "Waiver of Eligibility." Candidates will remain eligible for participating in future Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations 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 Marine Officer).
VII.Training Program
  • A.Selection to participate in the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations training program will not constitute an appointment to the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer). Selection to participate in the training program will constitute a detail to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations for the duration of training only. Upon successful completion of the training program, the member will return to their unit of assignment. The member will be assigned to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations only after receiving approval from the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Office of Budget and Management (OBM).
  • B.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.be detailed to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations for the duration of training.
    • 3.have in their possession on the first day of detail, uniform parts and accessories unique to the assignment of Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer).
    • 4.adjust their furlough period(s) if a segment conflicts with the training program or operational needs.
    • 5.successfully complete all training components and requirements by the end of the scheduled training period.
    • 6.perform satisfactorily in skills proficiency exams.
    • 7.be willing and able to participate in a significant amount of physical activity including multiple daily dives, distance swimming, and equipment maintenance.
  • C.At any time during the training program, if it becomes apparent to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations commanding officer, a unit supervisor, or dive 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 their 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 Marine Officer) as enumerated in this directive.
  • D.The exempt commanding officer will review and, if appropriate, approve any requests to remove a candidate from training. When a member is terminated from the training program, they will be returned to their district or unit of assignment.
  • E.Only those members who have successfully completed the training and evaluation program will be eligible for assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer).
  • F.Members must be in a full-duty status at all times during training.
  • G.Member must remain in a full-duty status at all times while detailed or assigned to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations as a Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer) in order to remain eligible for D2 pay.
  • H.If the number of boats or personnel assigned to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations are reduced, members in training will have their detail cancelled and will be returned to their unit of assignment.
VIII.Additional Conditions
  • A.At any time during assignment to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations, 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 Marine Officer) and will be returned to their career service rank of Police Officer.
  • B.All assigned members of the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations are required to demonstrate Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations proficiency on an annual basis. Failure to maintain proficiency will subject the member to removal from assignment to the Marine and Helicopter Unit-Marine Operations as a Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer).
  • C.Members must remain in a full-duty status to be eligible for continued assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Marine Officer).
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
13-172 RDR