Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-16
Application For Police Technician Assigned To Public Safety Information Technology
Issue Date:21 February 2012Effective Date:21 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 28 December 2007; D07-57
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and selection process Police Technician Assigned to Public Safety Information Technology.
II.Duties
Police Technicians Assigned to Public Safety Information Technology will:
  • A.have the ability to perform all patrol functions.
  • B.perform network group and server administration duties including, but not limited to:
    • 1.providing support for Public Safety Information Technology projects and email and Window server applications as part of the infrastructure team and in cooperation with infrastructure staff.
    • 2.installing, assembling and configuring computers, monitors, network infrastructure and peripheral such as printers, scanners and related hardware; and pulling cables and rewiring or directing the rewiring of cable as required for network installations and office reconfigurations.
    • 3.ensuring the efficient operation of the computer network by identifying, documenting, and implementing solutions to network problems.
    • 4.planning and implementing the network’s development by identifying technological solutions that provide increased network bandwidth and reduce cost.
    • 5.managing the range of IP addresses by ensuring that newly installed computers are assigned to the proper subnet.
    • 6.setting-up, troubleshooting and training users in the proper operation of Blackberry devices.
    • 7.managing and maintaining the Blackberry Enterprise Server by ensuring updates are performed.
    • 8.performing Blackberry Enterprise Server user additions and deletions.
    • 9.sharing calendars, contacts, tasks and memos through Outlook Sharing.
    • 10.adding antivirus and anti-spam updates and routing to IronPort SMTP Gateway.
    • 11.performing daily mailstore backups.
  • C.perform related duties as required.
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 Technician assigned to the Public Safety Information Technology as enumerated 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 sworn member with the Chicago Police Department.
  • E.have received performance ratings above the minimum rating score necessary to qualify for a step increase for each of the last four evaluations.
  • F.not have any sustained Complaint Register (CR) investigations during the past five years resulting in a suspension of more than two days, or a record of two or more sustained CR investigations within five years resulting in suspensions of any length of time.
    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 concerning discipline will be allowed to apply for the position of Police Technician assigned to Public Safety Information Technology. Such applications will be considered if the candidate’s disciplinary record is modified or expunged as a result of a successful grievance such that the outcome of the grievance results in a disciplinary record that meets the disciplinary standards set forth in this directive.
  • G.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago.
  • H.not have been previously removed from the position of Police Technician assigned to Public Safety Information Technology for cause.
  • I.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 appointment to the Police Technician assigned to Public Safety Information Technology.
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.The application for Police Technician assigned to Public Safety Information Technology 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 Administration, select Human Resources Division and then Police Technician PSIT application. The member will enter his or her PC number and star number in the format requested. A confirmation page is displayed after the member has successfully registered and is to be printed for the member’s records.
  • B.Proxy applications will be allowed under limited circumstances such as military duty. To submit a proxy application, the applicant's proxy will contact the Human Resources Division, Career Development Section.
V.Selection Process
  • A.The selection process will consist of three phases: a written aptitude test, a practical examination, and an oral interview.
  • B.Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria delineated in Item III of this directive will be scheduled for the written aptitude test.
    • 1.The written aptitude test will consist of true / false and multiple-choice questions measuring a candidate’s aptitude relative to server administration, networking, e-mail administration, Blackberry administration, and general technical computer information.
    • 2.The top 10 scoring candidates on the written aptitude test will be scheduled for the practical examination phase of the selection process.
  • C.The practical examination phase of the selection process will consist of six (6) tasks. Each task will be scored on a pass or fail basis. The tasks consist of duties that a technician performs to connect network equipment and the duties that a server administrator performs relative to routine server administration work.
  • D.Candidates passing all six tasks comprising the practical examination will be scheduled to participate in the oral interview phase of the selection process. The oral interview will be conducted by the Commander, Public Safety Information Technology, a Project Manager, and a Chief Systems Programmer. Candidates will be evaluated in the areas of Department experience, relevant training, attendance, and communication skills.
  • E.Eligible candidates will be notified of the date, time, and location to report for each phase for the selection process.
  • F.Members will not be compensated for overtime for participating in any portion of the selection process during off-duty hours. The station supervisor or designated unit supervisor will excuse a member who has been scheduled for testing during duty hours, provided that the station supervisor or designated unit supervisor was notified by the affected member at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled testing.
VI.Eligibility List
  • A.Candidates will be placed in rank order on the eligibility list by their composite score on the oral interview. Ties in composite scores will be resolved by seniority.
  • B.As vacancies occur and budgetary approval to fill the vacancies is obtained, candidates will be selected in rank order from the eligibility list to fill the vacancies and will be detailed to Public Safety Information Technology.
  • C.Management reserves the right to fill 20 percent of recognized vacancies at its discretion without regard to seniority or rank provided that the vacancy is filled by a candidate from the eligibility list.
  • D.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 assignment to the position of Police Technician assigned to Public Safety Information Technology.
VII.Evaluation Period
Members selected from the eligibility list to fill vacancies for the position of Police Technician must successfully complete a ninety workday evaluation period. The evaluation period begins as of the date of detail to Public Safety Information Technology. Should the period be interrupted by an absence for any reason, the evaluation period will be suspended until the member resumes the duties of Police Technician.
VIII.Additional Conditions
  • A.Candidates selected for detail to Public Safety Information Technology will take and pass a drug screening and a medical examination, the scope of which will be determined by the Medical Services Section. 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.
  • B.At the time of appointment to the position of Police Technician assigned to Public Safety Information Technology, members must be in full-duty status and must be able to perform the duties as delineated in Item II of this directive.
  • C.The candidate’s disciplinary record and indebtedness record to the City of Chicago will be reviewed at the close of the application period, prior to detail to Public Safety Information Technology to begin the training and evaluation period, and again prior to being assigned to Public Safety Information Technology.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
07-165 / 12-003 RDR