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Chicago Police hold exam in December for prospective cops

6-14-10  Police Academy graduatiSkyline Stage Navy Pier. Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times.  There were 89 graduates Recruit Class 09-2.Brian Jackson/Chicago

6-14-10 Police Academy graduation at the Skyline Stage at Navy Pier. Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times. There were 89 graduates in the Recruit Class 09-2.Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: September 1, 2013 6:26AM

The Chicago Police Department will hold an exam in December for applicants who would earn more than $65,000 after a year and a half on the job if they’re hired as cops.

The department has dropped the application age from 25 to 18 and has set the age to become a police officer at 21.

The Fraternal Order of Police supported those moves. The union felt the department was losing qualified candidates who didn’t want to wait three or four years after graduating from college to apply to become cops.

At the time of hire, applicants must have at least 60 semester hours of college credit or three years of service in the military — or a combination of 30 semester hours and a year in the armed forces.

The starting salary is more than $43,000, rises to more than $61,500 after a year and more than $65,000 after 18 months.

A new test is given every three to five years, with the last one administered in 2010. Since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011, 429 officers have graduated from the police academy. The mayor has said he’s trying to hire officers at a rate to keep up with the pace of attrition from retirements.

“Our police department continues to recruit and stay at full strength, which is necessary for one piece of our anti-crime strategy,” Emanuel told reporters Tuesday.

Applications will be accepted Aug. 1 - Sept. 16. Department officials will attend job fairs, festivals and other events to get out the word about the new test. The department will schedule make-up exams for returning military veterans unable to take the regularly scheduled exam.

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