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How to Become a Correctional Officer in Chicago

Applicants seeking to become a Cook County Correctional Officer in Chicago need to first get into contact with the Cook County Sheriff’s Officer to apply for open positions.

The Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) operates one of the largest, single site county pre-detention centers in the United States in at approximately 96 acres.

To be considered for employment with the CCDOC, you must provide all necessary information and meet all requirements established by the Sheriff’s Merit Board. Be advised that applicants can be disqualified from consideration if it’s determined certain crimes have been committed, concealed or falsified information during the investigation process, or has engaged in the purchase or sale of illegal drugs.


Some basic requirements that candidates must meet in order to be considered for a Correctional Officer position include the following:

  • Must be 21 Years of Age or Older
  • Have a High School Diploma or a GED
  • Have a Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be a citizen of the United States

Application Process

You can download the Cook County Sheriff’s Officer 2013 Correctional Officer application here. If you met all of the above requirements, complete the application along with $25.00, which is the Cook County Filling Fee made out to the Cook County Collector. Payments should be in the form of a money order or certified check.  You can also pay online for an additional $3.00 service fee.

Return your completed applications by mail or in person between 8AM – 4PM, Monday–Friday to the following address:

Sheriff’s Merit Board
69 W. Washington – Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60602

You will be notified by mail of the written examination date if your application is successfully accepted. Once you pass the written exam, you will then be notified by mail when you have been scheduled for the Physical Ability Test.

Physical Ability Test

The letter that you receive will provide detailed information regarding the requirements involved in the test. Some areas that you can expect to be tested on include the sit and reach, the 1-Minute Sit-Up test completing at least 24; maximum bench press of 52% of your total body weight, and a 1.5 mile run that must be completed within 16.52 minutes.

You must pass all areas of the test. To ensure your success, it is highly recommended that you begin training in preparation for the test as soon as possible to allow you the greatest chance of passing.

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7 Responses to How to Become a Correctional Officer in Chicago

  1. Constance Cooper January 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    When Is the enrollment for correction officers open for 2014? Thanks

  2. Henrietta Bradley June 11, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    Do i real need to have. To drive. A car. I trying to work inside the jail thank you

  3. Dennis White October 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    My question is this are you guys still have taken application and if so when is the deadline.

  4. Danish Cole October 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    When is the deadline for applications?

  5. Dominique March 22, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    Can someone one please send me a application!!!!

  6. Deborah webb May 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Does your financial score make a difference

  7. Demone June 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    How do we know when the deadline is for apps ? Can somebody please post