Mayor Emanuel, Superintendent McCarthy Celebrate Latest Group of Police Recruits to Graduate under Emanuel Administration
122 Graduating Recruits Fulfills Promise of 600 New Officers in 2013
CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy celebrated the graduation of 122 police recruits today in a ceremony at Navy Pier. With this class, 634 new officers have graduated from the Police Academy this year in nine ceremonies, fulfilling a promise made by Mayor Emanuel to put 600 new officers on the beat during 2013. It has been more than six years since Police graduated more than 600 recruits in one year, and one more class is still set to graduate later in 2013.
“Today we fulfill a promise to put 600 new officers on the beat, making communities safer and taking guns and drugs off our streets,” said Mayor Emanuel. “These officers are serving a critical role in protecting our neighborhoods, and we are thankful for their dedication and admirable commitment to public service.”
“Every day, Chicago Police officers put their whole heart into the communities they serve, working closely with residents and local leaders to reduce crime and hold criminals accountable so our communities can thrive,” said Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy. “The oath officers have taken today will make a real difference in the lives of countless people in our City.”
The group of police recruit graduates includes 24 veterans, including 10 who are still in the reserves, and a Bronze Star recipient. Additionally, the graduating group was comprised of 16 multi-generational officers, demonstrating the legacy of duty and leadership intrinsic to law enforcement.
The ceremony further recognized exceptional examples of excellence in the class, with awards given in the areas of Marksmanship, Academics, and Physical Skills. One recruit from each class is awarded the title of Outstanding Recruit. One select recruit from the graduating body is awarded the Thor Soderberg Award, named after Training Officer Thor Soderberg, who was killed in the line of duty in July 2010.
Police recruits spend five months at the Department’s Police Academy where they receive approximately 1,000 hours of instruction and training. After the initial training period, a recruit must pass an exam administered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to be certified as a law enforcement officer in the State of Illinois. A recruit who passes the State exam is allowed to graduate and begin a Field Training Program as a Probationary Police Officer. Upon acceptable completion of the Field Training Program and 13 months of field experience, Probationary Police Officers become full-fledged police officers.