Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-14
Application for Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer)
Issue Date:02 March 2018Effective Date:02 March 2018
Rescinds:11 December 2013
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.informs Department members that internet applications for Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer) are being accepted until 23 March 2018 at 1500hrs.
  • B.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, selection process, and training for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer).
  • C.continues the use of the internet application.
II.Duties
A Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer) will:
  • A.consistently demonstrate the ability and skills necessary to ride as a mounted police officer.
  • B.develop and demonstrate a working knowledge of equine anatomy.
  • C.perform horse-grooming duties including, but not limited to:
    • 1.cleaning and/or showering
    • 2.shedding
    • 3.pulling manes and tails
    • 4.clipping the muzzle, ears, bridle path, legs, and coronet bands
    • 5.caring for and cleaning hoofs
    • 6.trimming chestnuts and ergot
    • 7.removing dirt and/or clay and calcium buildups from the urinary tract (beaning).
  • D.recognize and treat basic equine ailments, including but not limited to:
    • 1.taking temperature (rectal)
    • 2.administering intramuscular and intravenous injections
    • 3.treating lacerations, abrasions, and swellings
    • 4.treating basic hoof problems.
  • E.develop and demonstrate the ability to properly tack horses (bridle & saddle).
  • F.perform duties related to the daily cleaning and upkeep of tack.
  • G.develop and demonstrate a working knowledge of equipment and supplies related to the Mounted Patrol Unit.
  • H.develop and demonstrate a working knowledge of equine nourishment and feed.
  • I.lift and stack:
    • 1.bales of hay that may weigh up to 60 pounds.
    • 2.bags of feed that may weigh up to 50 pounds.
  • J.tolerate continual contact with equine dander, droppings, and waste products.
  • K.strip and muck stalls, clean waste products, and install fresh bedding.
  • L.clean and maintain Mounted Patrol Unit vehicles, trailers, equipment, and facilities including:
    • 1.changing tires
    • 2.switching trailers
    • 3.cleaning / washing inside trailers as required.
  • M.perform proper trailer loading / unloading procedures.
  • N.demonstrate proficiency in operating Mounted Patrol Unit vehicles with two-and four-horse trailers attached.
  • O.carry out Mounted Patrol Unit assignments in all climatic conditions.
  • P.speak to a wide array of audiences relative to the history and mission of the Mounted Patrol Unit.
  • Q.maintain and demonstrate a riding proficiency level to be tested bi-annually.
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 Mounted Patrol 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 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 Mounted Patrol Officer). Such applications will be considered if the candidates 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 twelve-month period.
  • G.meet acceptable medical roll usage guideline. 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.
  • 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.furloughs during the 6B, 7th and 8th police periods.
  • 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 Evaluations Of All Sworn Department Members Below the Rank of Superintendent " 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 to the Mounted Patrol Unit as a Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer).
  • M.have five years retainability within the Chicago Police Department.
  • N.not have been previously removed for cause from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer).
IV.Additional Requirements
Sworn members interested in applying for assignment as Police Officer (Assigned as a Mounted Patrol Officer) must:
  • A.purchase and maintain equipment and accessories unique to the assignment of Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer) with an anticipated initial expenditure of $3000.
  • B.possess the physical agility and stamina to pass a rigorous fourteen-week Mounted Patrol Unit training program.
  • C.maintain physical condition through exercise and training to carry out the physical duties of a Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer).
  • D.possess the physical stamina to ride year-round in adverse weather (rain, snow, severe cold, and heat) for extended periods of time.
  • E.possess the psychological capacity and riding skills necessary to perform crowd-management techniques in dense crowds and hostile environments.
  • F.maintain the highest level of professionalism, appearance, and demeanor at all times.
V.Application Procedures
  • A.Candidates will:
    • 2.click the link, "Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol 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), 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 Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol 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 Mounted Patrol Officer) and who meet the eligibility criteria as delineated in Item III of this directive will be scheduled to participate in the Mounted Patrol Unit Qualification Assessment Test.
VI.Selection Process — Mounted Patrol Unit Qualification Assessment Test
  • A.Mounted Patrol Unit Qualification Assessment Test
    • 1.The Mounted Patrol Unit Qualification Assessment Test consists of eight exercises and is designed to measure a candidate's fitness, endurance, willingness, and suitability for working around horses at least sixteen hands tall and weighing between 1100 and 1600 pounds. All test tasks will be demonstrated by a member of the Mounted Unit before applicant testing. Applicants are required to successfully complete each of the eight exercises and achieve a passing score in each exercise in order to move forward in the assessment process. Applicants that fail to complete an exercise or fail to complete an exercise with a passing score will be asked to leave the assessment facility and will not be considered for admittance to the Mounted Patrol Unit training program. Applicants that successfully complete all eight exercises with an overall score of 60% or higher will be placed in rank order based on their score. Tie scores will be resolved by seniority and date of birth.
    • 2.Applicants will wear hard-soled shoes or boots, ballistic vest, and helmet when performing exercises with and around police horses.
      NOTE:
      No applicant will be allowed to participate in the Mounted Patrol Unit Qualification Assessment Test without the requisite equipment.
    • 3.If at any time, an applicant demonstrates any of the following behaviors, the applicant will be asked to leave the assessment facility and will not be considered for admittance to the Mounted Patrol Unit training program:
      • a.significant or persistent apprehension;
      • b.fear;
      • c.dislike of horses;
      • d.inattention;
      • e.indifference;
      • f.unprofessionalism;
      • g.aggressiveness;
      • h.recklessness;
      • i.unsafe behavior;
      • j.cruelty.
    • 4.The Mounted Patrol Unit Qualification Assessment will consist of the following eight exercises;
      • a.mount a horse from the ground;
      • b.dismount a horse;
      • c.enter a horse stall and halter the horse;
      • d.exit the stall leading the horse into the training arena; lead the horse in a walk for one full lap around the arena; lead the horse in a trot for one full lap around the arena. Lead the horse from the arena to the stall that it was removed from and stop at the stall door;
      • e.lead the horse back into the stall, remove the horse's halter, and exit the stall;
      • f.push a full dumpster (weighing approximately 1200 pounds) from the center of the stable into the courtyard (approximately 150 feet) within a reasonable amount of time;
      • g.carry five bales of hay, (each weighing approximately sixty pounds) approximately 100 feet and restack the hay in the designated area within a reasonable amount of time;
      • h.stack eighteen bags of stall bedding (each weighing approximately forty-five pounds) on a cart, roll the loaded cart the full length of the barn (approximately 240 feet), return with the cart to the starting point, and unstack all bags within a reasonable amount of time.
    • 5.An applicant's performance of the eight tasks will be assessed in the following areas:
      • a.ability to take and follow instructions and to take corrective criticism and apply it to the task at hand.
      • b.ability to carry out specific skill (e.g.,haltering a horse).
      • c.proficiency in carrying out a task (e.g., stacking bales of hay) .
      • d.behavior and comfort level in working with horses (e.g., not showing excessive fear).
    • 6.If, at any time during the Mounted Patrol Unit Qualification Assessment Test, it becomes apparent to the commanding officer, supervisor, and/or training staff of the Mounted Patrol Unit that a candidate exhibits problematic behavior traits and/or is physically or psychologically incapable of performing required tasks in a safe manner, that candidate will be disqualified and must immediately leave the testing facility without debate.
    • 7.Candidates will not be compensated for overtime when scheduled to report for any portion of the selection process during off-duty hours. The station supervisors / designated unit supervisors will excuse a member who has been scheduled for testing during duty hours, provided that the station supervisors / designated unit supervisors were notified by the member at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled testing.
VII.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.
  • B.As vacancies occur, candidates will be selected from the eligibility list to attend a fourteen-week Mounted Patrol Unit training program.
  • C.Candidates selected to participate in the Mounted Patrol Unit training program have the option to waive participating in the training program by submitting a To-From-Subject report to the Mounted Patrol Unit commanding officer requesting a "Waiver of Eligibility." Candidates will remain eligible for participating in future Mounted Patrol Unit training programs only for the duration of the current 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 Mounted Patrol Officer).
VIII.Training Program
  • A.Selection to participate in the Mounted Patrol Unit training program will not constitute an appointment to the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer). 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 Mounted Patrol Unit 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.will be carried code 47, In Training, by their units for the duration of the Mounted Patrol Unit training program;
    • 3.have in their possession on the first day of training uniform parts and accessories unique to the assignment of Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol 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.
  • C.The training program consists of but is not limited to:
    • 1.six hours of riding per day
    • 2.weekly written and riding examinations
    • 3.evaluations during field exercises.
  • D.At any time during the training program, if it becomes apparent that a member exhibits problematic behavioral traits, and/or is physically or psychologically incapable of performing required duties, and/or fails training program testing, a unit supervisor or instructor will request the participating member be terminated from the training program. This request must document the reason(s) for the termination from the training program and be submitted through their chain of command to the commanding officer of the Mounted Patrol Unit. Reasons for termination include, but are not limited to:
    • 1.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 Mounted Patrol Officer) as enumerated in this directive.
    • 2.displaying anxiety, apprehension, or an obvious fear of horses and/or of maneuvers.
    • 3.not having the physical strength necessary to safely handle a horse.
    • 4.failing to demonstrate a sincere interest and/or concern for the horse.
    • 5.engaging in any reckless or dangerous behavior.
    • 6.any act of cruelty or abuse directed at or upon a horse.
  • E.The commanding officer of the Mounted Patrol Unit will review and, if appropriate, approve any requests to remove a candidate from training. Members terminated from the training program will be returned to their district or unit of assignment.
  • F.Members must be in a full-duty status at all times during training.
  • G.If the number of horses or personnel assigned to the Mounted Patrol Unit are reduced, members in training will have their detail cancelled and will be returned to their unit of assignment.
  • H.Only those members who have successfully completed the Mounted Patrol Unit training program will be eligible for assignment as Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer).
  • I.If more members successfully complete the Mounted Patrol Unit training program than there are recognized vacancies, members who are not assigned will remain eligible only for the duration of the current eligibility list.
IX.Additional Conditions
  • A.At any time during assignment to the Mounted Patrol 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 any 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 Mounted Patrol Officer) and will be returned to his or her career service rank of Police Officer.
    NOTE:
    When a supervisor becomes aware that a Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer) 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."
  • B.All assigned members of the Mounted Patrol Unit are required to demonstrate Mounted Patrol Unit proficiency on a bi-annual basis. Failure to maintain proficiency will subject the member to removal from assignment to the Mounted Unit as a Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer).
  • C.Members must remain in a full-duty status to be eligible for continued assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Mounted Patrol Officer).
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
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