Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-15
Application for Police Officer (Assigned as a Special Weapons and Tactics Team Member)
Issue Date:17 September 2018Effective Date:17 September 2018
Rescinds:12 January 2018 version
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.informs Department members that internet applications for Police Officer (Assigned as a Special Weapons and Tactics Team Member) are being accepted until Friday, 05 October 2018, at 1500hrs.
  • B.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and the selection process for the position of a Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member).
  • C.introduces the use of the internet application.
II.Duties
Police Officers (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member) will perform responsibilities as delineated below after successfully completing all required SWAT training, achieving and displaying the requisite competency in all SWAT operator-related tasks, and subject to determination and appointment by the SWAT commanding officer.
  • A.SWAT Team Incident Duties
    Police Officers (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member) will:
    • 1.provide a tactical response to high-risk incidents for which the potential for injury or loss of life is present and the circumstances are unusual and beyond the capabilities of a normal police response.
      NOTE:
      SWAT Team members may be asked to respond to SWAT team incidents regardless of duty hours or status. Members may be exposed to inclement weather for long durations of time. During the course of an incident, the member must be prepared to stand, sit, kneel, and lie prone for long periods of time while maintaining and carrying equipment assigned to the specific task. Tasks may include but are not limited to surveillance, perimeter coverage, emergency assault, equipment responsibilities, and overwatch.
    • 2.respond to high-risk incidents including, but not limited to:
      • a.hostage situations
      • b.barricaded subjects
      • c.suicidal subjects
      • d.high-risk warrant service
      • e.Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
      • f.Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) incidents
      • g.waterborne SWAT incidents
      • h.active-shooter incidents
      • i.clandestine laboratory responses and
      • j.terrorist incidents.
  • B.Special Operations Response Team (SORT) Duties
    SORT duties include but are not limited to:
    • 1.conducting regular patrol duties in assigned vehicles and designated areas;
    • 2.responding to various incidents involving acts or threats of acts of violence;
    • 3.responding to Active Shooter incidents;
    • 4.conducting Department of Homeland Security checks;
    • 5.escorting dangerous or sensitive materials to specific locations for units within the Department and outside agencies; and
    • 6.providing dignitary protection as directed.
  • C.Training
    Police Officers (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member) will:
    • 1.comply with training standards as determined by the SWAT commanding officer.
    • 2.attend training to obtain and maintain certifications that meet local, state, and national standards.
    • 3.travel to locations within and outside the City limits to participate in training programs. Training is conducted under conditions that simulate what may occur on an actual incident. Members participate in training exercises regardless of weather factors, lighting conditions, and time constraints.
    • 4.complete training that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
      • a.perform weapon-retention techniques with the M4 rifle as well as empty-handed defense tactics.
      • b.qualify with a handgun in full SWAT gear wearing Level B Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), while wearing Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or a gas mask, in low-light and other adverse conditions.
      • c.qualify with the M4 rifle in full SWAT gear wearing Level B PPE, while wearing SCBA or a gas mask, in low-light and other adverse conditions.
      • d.be tested yearly in a gas house where the SWAT Team member is in an enclosed structure with a live chemical agent.
      • e.meet and maintain SWAT firearms proficiency standards, as outlined in item VI-A of this directive.
      • f.meet and maintain SWAT physical fitness testing standards, as outlined in Item VI-B and VI-C of this directive.
      • g.meet and maintain all SWAT safety standards.
    • 5.be trained in and must maintain operational knowledge of numerous manual and power tools and have the ability to use them in high-stress and dangerous environments. Tools include, but are not limited to:
      • a.K12 (a gas-powered carbide-blade saw)
      • b.oxy-acetylene torch
      • c.oxy-thermal torch
      • d.rotary hammers
      • e.lobster tools
      • f.one- and two-man rams
      • g.Hurst rabbit tool, and
      • h.Halligan bar.
    • 6.be trained in and must maintain operational knowledge and proficiency with less-than-lethal weapons including, but not limited to:
      • a.Taser devices
      • b.40 mm sponge rounds and OC rounds
      • c.drag-stabilized shotgun, and
      • d.noise-flash diversionary devices.
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 a SWAT Team Member) 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 a Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member). 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 twelve-month period.
  • G.meet acceptable medical roll usage guideline. 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.
    NOTE:
    The candidate's disciplinary record and indebtedness record to the City of Chicago will be checked at the close of the application period, prior to selection to begin training, and again prior to assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member).
  • I.be willing and able to work in small or confined spaces.
  • J.be willing and able to work at heights.
  • K.be willing and able to work in and around water.
  • L.not have a beard or facial hair that would preclude the member from wearing a gas mask.
  • M.be willing to forego days off and holidays as required by operational needs.
  • N.if currently appointed to a D-2A grade, be willing to resign D-2A status and pay and accept D-1 status and pay upon assignment to the SWAT Unit as a Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member).
  • O.be willing to reschedule a furlough period if it conflicts with training.
  • P.at the time training commences, be in full-duty status.
  • Q.purchase and maintain approximately $3,000 in uniform parts and accessories unique to the assignment of a Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member).
  • R.not have been previously removed for cause from assignment as a police officer to the SWAT Unit.
  • S.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 Evaluations of All Sworn Department Members Below the Rank of Superintendent" for each of the last four evaluations.
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.The application for a Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member) is available on the Department intranet. The application can be obtained from the Department's "Intranet Services" main page by selecting Bureau Sites, then under Bureau of Support Services, select Human Resources Division, then under HR Announcements, the member will:
  • B.The on-line application for Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member) consists of the on-line application (including the "Terms of Application" page), Medical Statement, and Medical Consent Form.
  • C.Candidates will:
    • 2.ensure the forms are properly completed and signed; and
    • 3.return the properly completed and signed original forms to the Administration Section, Human Resources Division (Unit 123), 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 Administration Section, Human Resources Division, by the close of the application process.
  • D.Proxy applications will be allowed under limited circumstances such as military duty. To submit a proxy application, the candidate’s proxy will contact the Administration Section, Human Resources Division, at 312-745-5225 before the close of the application period.
  • E.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member) must be willing and able to perform the duties as outlined in Item II of this directive.
V.Selection Process — General Information
  • A.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as a SWAT Team Member) and meet the eligibility criteria as delineated in Item II of this directive will be notified by the SWAT Unit via Department email of the date, time and location to:
    • 1.pick up a candidate information packet;
    • 2.report for Phase One of the selection process.
    NOTE:
    Members who fail to complete the candidate information packet or who fail to report for Phase One of the selection process will be disqualified from the selection process and will not be rescheduled.
  • B.The selection process will consist of two phases.
    • 1.Phase One will consist of four stages:
      • a.Stage One, Firearms Proficiency Test
      • b.Stage Two, Physical Fitness Test
      • c.Stage Three, Physical Performance Test
      • d.Stage Four, Confidence Tests – water, height, and confined spaces
    • 2.Candidates must successfully pass each stage to proceed to the next stage and continue in the selection process. Upon successful completion of Stage Four, Confidence Tests, the top-scoring candidates will be determined and ranked based upon their scores on the Firearm Proficiency Test described in Section VI-A. Ties will be resolved by seniority and date of birth.
    • 3.Police officer candidates who are ranked in the top 65 positions will be scheduled to participate in Phase Two of the selection process.
    • 4.Phase Two will consist of two stages:
      • a.Stage One; Rifle Training and Testing
      • b.Stage Two; Tactical Training and Testing
      NOTE:
      Stage One must be successfully passed to proceed to Stage Two and continue in the selection process.
  • C.Candidates will not be compensated for overtime when scheduled to report for Phase One of the selection process during off-duty hours. The district station supervisor / designated unit supervisor will excuse a candidate who has been scheduled for testing during duty hours provided that the district station supervisor / designated unit supervisor was notified by the candidate at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled testing.
  • D.Candidates who move to Phase Two of the selection process will be carried Code 49 during Phase Two of the selection process. Candidates will return to their unit of assignment at the conclusion of Phase Two
VI.Selection Process — Overview
  • A.Phase One, Stage One: Firearms Proficiency Test
    The Firearms Proficiency Test is a timed, 50-round course designed to test marksmanship, ability to follow instructions, and performance under pressure. Candidates who pass the Firearms Proficiency Test will be scheduled for Stage Two.
    • 1.When reporting for the Firearms Proficiency Test, candidates must submit a recent copy of their Firearms Training Certificate to verify current Department Firearms qualifications and to verify the serial number on the registered weapon. The Firearms Training Certificate can be found on the CLEAR system under the Education and Training Division, Firearms Training Certification.
    • 2.Candidates who fail to bring all the required items to the Firearms Proficiency Test will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
    NOTE:
    To participate in the Firearms Proficiency Test, candidates will be required to use their personal Department-approved registered duty weapon, field duty belt, and holster and provide their own ammunition, soft body armor, and eye and ear protection.
    Firearms QualificationThis is a fifty-round course that requires three magazines.
    StageDistanceFireTimeDescription
    125 Yrds.1440 Sec.Fire 7 standing, reload, and fire 7 kneeling
    215 Yrds.129 Sec.Fire 6
    9 Sec.Fire 6
    310 Yrds.104 Sec.Fire 3
    11 Sec.Fire 3, reload, and fire 4
    47 Yrds.42 Sec.Fire 1 to the head, repeat three times
    55 Yrds.1012 Sec.Fire 5 strong hand, reload, and fire 5 from the support hand
    NOTE:
    To qualify, candidates must achieve a score of at least 80% with a minimum of two head shots in Stage Four. Candidates will only be allowed one attempt to qualify. In the case of a tie in scores, the number of rounds placed in the designated center area of the target will be calculated to determine the tie breaker. Any further tie will be decided by seniority and date of birth.
  • B.Phase One, Stage Two: Physical Fitness Test
    During the Physical Fitness Test, candidates are required to:
    • 1.Complete 40 pushups in one minute using the properly designated form;
    • 2.Complete 40 sit-ups in one minute using the properly designated form; and
    • 3.Complete a 1.5 mile run in 13 minutes, following the designated course.
  • C.Phase One, Stage Three: Physical Performance Test, consists of two events:
    • 1.Event #1 - Pursuit / Rescue Climb
      The candidate must come to a full hang from a standard horizontal pull-up bar, with palms facing away. Utilizing upper-body strength only (no "kipping"), the candidate must pull up to a position where the chin is above the bar. While doing the pull-ups, the candidate must wear a weighted vest totalling 25 pounds. The candidate must perform at least two pull-ups.
    • 2.Event #2 - Tactical Obstacle Course
      Wearing personal exercise clothing, the candidate must complete an 880-yard course in 4 minutes and 45 seconds or less. The course will contain a 6-foot wall, a 40-yard running weave between 9 cones, a 40-yard run and weave that includes dropping to a prone position behind each of the nine alternating placed cones, and a 10-yard rescue drag of a supine victim or "dummy."
  • D.Phase One, Stage Four: Confidence Tests
    Candidates are required to pass a series of Confidence Tests to include a:
    • 1.Water Confidence Test. This test consists of a 50-meter swim, treading water for 5 minutes, swimming under water for a distance of 10 meters, and removing SWAT gear while in deep water.
    • 2.Height Confidence Test. The candidate starts at the bottom of a 30-foot ladder and climbs, in continuous motion, a simulated commercial building exterior to the third story, climbs over the ledge of the window into the structure, climbs back over the ledge onto the ladder, and proceeds back down the ladder.
    • 3.Confined Spaces Test. The candidate will wear a gas mask and move through a confined location in low-visibility conditions.
  • E.At the conclusion of Phase One, the names of the top-rated 65 police officer candidates will be placed in rank order on the eligibility list for Phase Two. Ties will be resolved by seniority and date of birth.
  • F.Phase Two
    Scores from Phase One will not be factored into scores in Phase Two scores. Phase Two scoring will begin with all candidates starting at zero.
    • 1.At the time training commences, candidates must be in a full-duty status.
    • 2.Candidates who are ranked within the top-rated 65 police officer candidates will be scheduled to participate in Phase Two of the selection process. During Phase Two candidates will:
      • a.be required to take and pass a thorough medical examination the scope of which will be determined by the Medical Services Section. Candidates may also be required to take and pass a drug test and a psychological examination. All medical examinations conducted as part of this selection process are performed by medical personnel contracted and paid by the Chicago Police Department.
      • b.be carried Code 49 by their respective unit of assignment. At the conclusion of the Phase Two selection process, candidates will return to their unit of assignment.
      • c.adjust their furlough selection if a segment conflicts with the training program.
      • d.be required to successfully complete all aspects of the rifle school including, but not limited to, nomenclature, care and cleaning, safety, clearing of malfunctions, reloads, support-side shooting, and passing the below listed SWAT rifle qualification.
      • e.Rifle Qualification
        StageDistanceFireTimeDescription
        150 Yards1550 SecFire 5 prone, 5 kneeling, and 5 standing
        225 Yards1545 SecFire 5 kneeling, 5 standing, reload 5 kneeling support side
        315 Yards1012 SecFire 5 standing, 5 kneeling
        4 7 Yards4 strings of 2 2 Sec Fire 2 to the body, repeat three times
        5 7 Yards2 strings of 1 1.5 SecFire 1 to the head, repeat one time
        NOTE:
        To qualify, candidates must achieve a score of at least 90%. Candidates will be allowed two attempts to qualify.
      • f.be required to successfully complete all aspects of Phase Two including, but not limited to, passing the SWAT Firearms (handgun) test with at least a 90%, passing the SWAT physical Fitness Test, and demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to basic SWAT tactics.
      • g.If at any time during Phase Two it becomes apparent to the SWAT commanding officer, a SWAT supervisor, or training staff that a member exhibits problematic behavioral traits, is physically or psychologically incapable of performing required duties, or fails Phase Two testing, the supervisor or training staff will request the member be terminated from the Phase Two. The request must document the reason(s) for termination from training and will be submitted through the chain of command to the appropriate exempt commanding officer. Reasons for termination include, but are not limited to, the candidate demonstrating a lack of physical coordination, tactical competence, stamina, or strength to the degree that the member cannot perform the duties as enumerated in Item II of this directive.
      • h.The exempt commanding officer will review and, if appropriate, approve any requests to remove a candidate from training. Members who are terminated from the training program will be returned to their district or unit of assignment.
VII.Eligibility List
  • A.The top scoring candidates from Phase Two of the selection process will be placed on an eligibility list in rank order based on their final scores from Phase Two of the SWAT team selection process.
  • B.Selection from the eligibility list will be subject to current operational needs of the SWAT team.
  • C.Placement on the eligibility list is not a guarantee of assignment to the SWAT team.
  • D.The eligibility list may be stricken at any time at the discretion of the Department.
  • E.Management reserves the right to fill 20 % of the 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 as described in Item VII-A of this directive.
VIII.Additional Conditions
  • A.If at any time during assignment to the SWAT Unit, 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 behavior that conflicts with the goals or mission of the Unit, the member will be subject to removal from assignment to the SWAT Unit.
  • B.All assigned members of the SWAT Unit are required to demonstrate SWAT proficiency on a semi-annual basis. Failure to maintain proficiency will subject the member to removal from assignment to the SWAT Unit.
  • C.Members must remain in a full-duty status to be eligible for continued assignment to the SWAT Unit.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised.)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
18-066 SB