Chicago PD explained: What is a PPO on Chicago PD?

CHICAGO P.D. -- "The Real You" Episode 1002 -- Pictured: Benjamin Levy Aguilar as Dante Torres -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "The Real You" Episode 1002 -- Pictured: Benjamin Levy Aguilar as Dante Torres -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Chicago PD is a show that throws around lots of technical terminology. It makes sense, given that we’re watching police officers in action, but it can sometimes be confusing when the terms being used aren’t explained to the viewer.

That’s where we come in. We provide the definitions to terms that wind up being crucial to certain episodes and are confusing if you aren’t up to date on your police lingo (which, truth be told, most of us aren’t).

Here’s what you need to know about a season 10 term: PPO.

Who plays Dante Torres on Chicago PD?

PPO is a term that gets used a lot during season 10 premiere. It’s used in relation to Dante Torres (Benjamin Levy Aguilar), the rookie cop who, seemingly, is being brought in to fill the void that will be made when Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) leaves the show.

A PPO is an acronym meaning “Probationary Police Officer.” The official website for the Chicago Police Department defines a PPO as “a sworn member who has been employed as a Chicago Police Officer for less than one year.” It’s basically a fancier way of saying “rookie.”

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This makes sense, when you consider that Torres is still acclimating to his role on the IU. Fans got to see a glimpse of his raw talent during season 9, but he still has plenty to learn when it comes to the way officers are supposed to conduct themselves, and how one can work smarter rather than harder.

Based on the dynamic that was set up in season 9, and the various promo photos that have been released, it looks like Torres will be mentored by Halstead. It’s a fun idea, given their initially rocky dynamic, and it will serve to highlight the differences in their personality. Torres is still an unknown commodity, and Halstead is a pro who has made a brand out of upright stoicism.

We can’t wait to see how the PPO and the veteran interact throughout season 10.

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