☷Chicago Police Department recruiting officials visit Fort Leonard Wood ahead of upcoming job fair
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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David Ross , Basic Military Police Training Division chief ( right ) , guides members of the Chicago Police Department – along with Army Transition Services personnel from U . S . Army Installation Command and Fort Leonard Wood – through the U . S . Army Military Police School’s Stem Village training area April 27 . The CPD team members visited Fort Leonard Wood this week to meet with leadership and tour Fort Leonard Wood facilities in preparation for a special hiring fair scheduled to take place here June 4 and 5 in Bldg . 470 . FORT LEONARD WOOD , Mo . — Senior recruiting officials from the Chicago Police Department , along with U . S . Army Installation Management Command transition services officials , visited Fort Leonard Wood this week to meet with leadership and tour Fort Leonard Wood facilities in preparation for a special hiring fair scheduled to take place here June 4 and 5 in Bldg . 470 . The visit this week and the fair to come are both part of a new CPD initiative , aimed at hiring transitioning service members , veterans and their families , said Deputy Chief Migdalia Bulnes , from the CPD’s Recruitment and Retention Unit . Bulnes said she hopes Chicago can be a place where transitioning service members and their families will feel at home after serving their country . “We are not military , but we understand what it is to find a home , ” she said . “ ( Transitioning service members ) need a home to go to after they have served in the military , and we want to give that to them . ” To begin the process , Bulnes said her team reached out to U . S . Army Installation Management Command , which handles the day - to - day operations of Army installations across the globe . Yolanda Johnson , a policy analyst with IMCOM’s Transition Services Branch at Joint Base San Antonio , Texas , oversees the Transition Assistance Program at 58 Army installations . She said once they determined the needs of the Chicago team , and the employment opportunities available , they were able to narrow down a list of potential installations to visit . Fort Leonard Wood was chosen as the first iteration of this initiative due to its relative proximity to Chicago and its position as home of the U . S . Army Military Police School . “After we looked and saw it was the home of the MPs , we thought Fort Leonard Wood would be a great backdrop for Chicago , and they agreed , ” she said . Fort Leonard Wood Transition Services Manager Walter Harris said he’s always happy to have more job opportunities to provide to transitioning service members , veterans and family members here . “Our goal is to provide a bridge to employers for our transitioning service members and their families , ” he said . “This endeavor provides even more employment opportunities , while also showing appreciation for the skills , talents and experience that is gained through military service . ” Bulnes said all potential applicants at the job fair will be able to complete much of the initial paperwork on the spot , including some of the testing , finger printing , and the required employment questionnaire . “In creating this , we have eliminated months from the process , ” she said . Applicants do not have to be from Chicago to apply , Bulnes said , adding that Chicago is diverse and welcomes new additions . “Our admin staff will guide them through the process , all the way through , ” said the Chicago native and 24 - year veteran of the CPD . Johnson said both IMCOM and Fort Leonard Wood have done a lot of work to make this program a success , and she hopes this is just the beginning . “I want everyone to come check it out , and see if it’s something you are interested in , ” she said . “The Chicago Police Department is excited to be here , and so are we . ” Call Fort Leonard Wood Transition Services at 573 . 596 . 1727 , or email cpdmilitary@chicagopolice . org for more information on the upcoming job fair .
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