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Updated October 19, 2017
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Chicago Police Department Superintendent of Police Garry F. McCarthy
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  1. "Patrolman"

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The job offers a lot of opportunity to grow. It allows an officer the opportunity to show the public the positive of policing as you serve the city of Chicago.

    Cons

    The public often times don't have or get the opportunity to see the positive side of policing because of lack of personal contact with the police. The media hardly ever shows the positive side of policing.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to choose a well rounded person for such sensitive positions to represent your company. Knowledge of the job is very important.


  2. "Police Officer"

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    Current Employee - Chicago Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Chicago Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation and salary is good

    Cons

    Dealing with the public is very taxing mentally and the risk for getting physically injured by assailant are high. Hours are tough. Difficult to make a change in the community because of lack of resources. After 10 years most officers are thinking about a backup plan but very few leave because of the secure benefits but the quality of work lacks gratification.

    Advice to Management

    Police work is very hard and although the salary is good, the work is tough to do long term.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, training, tuition for college

    Cons

    Violence, must live in Chicago


  4. "Police Officer"

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Everyday is a different experience. Always something to learn. Always someone to help. Always something new to see. Never a dull moment.

    Cons

    The only cons are that some people don't like the police until they need you. But that is not reflective of how you perform your job.


  5. "Chicago police officer"

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    Current Employee - Detective in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Detective in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large organization, many opportunities.

    Cons

    law enforcement is dead in Chicago. The current administration is undermining the safety and security of the membership. The department and city are a sinking ship, bail out!

    Advice to Management

    Your first responsibility is to the safety and security of the membership, secondly is serving the community. Stop catering to the criminal element.


  6. "It is ok"

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Public service as a police officer with the 3rd largest city in the country. Good city funded benefits are provided

    Cons

    City should do more, there has been attrition over the past decade and everyone really feels it.

    Advice to Management

    Rahm Emanuel has to do more. Just because Chicago's population is unstable, doesn't mean that the safety of all Chicagoans should be in limbo. He knows that we need more police officers and does nothing about it, now trying to act like he did something by giving out a police exam to hire new recruits.


  7. "Detective"

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    Former Employee - Police Detective in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Police Detective in Chicago, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Helping people in time of need

    Cons

    Seeing & being around the worst society has to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget what is was like before you went into management.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "good for a starter job"

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    Current Employee - CT Tech in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - CT Tech in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good for a starter job

    Cons

    bad for a lifer job

    Advice to Management

    be good


  9. "police officer/ public service and safety"

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Police Department part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having a badge.Was former race-car driver

    Cons

    hard trying to prove yourself at first.(being one of the first women in this area of law-enforcement)lots of sexual harrassment.

    Advice to Management

    Aside from driving police squad, have plenty of experience in a variety of driving/delivery positions. PIZZA'S, FLOWERS, CAR'S, ECT.


  10. "sergeant"

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    Current Employee - Sergeant of Police in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sergeant of Police in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Police Department full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    freedom great benefits salary various locations to work the chance to make over time

    Cons

    not enough time off steady shifts more transparency in testing process.

    Advice to Management

    go back to rotating shift let the officers experience all watchs.


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