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CPD Policy Public Engagement

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) will comply with its obligation under the Consent Decree to review its policies and actively involve the community in that process. As part of CPD’s ongoing mission to grow trust within the communities they serve, CPD will periodically post policies for public review and comment. You can provide your input on CPD policies online and the comment period for most policies will remain open for 15 days from the day it is published. Select policies will have longer comment periods. When the comment period closes, CPD will then review and consider your comments before finalizing the policy and placing the directive in effect.

CPD School Resource Officer Community Working Group

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) School Resource Officer (SRO) Community Working Group (CWG) is a community-focused policy working group tasked with reviewing the current CPD SRO Policy and providing input, feedback, and recommendations to the CPD to improve this policy. The CWG consisted of volunteer members who are committed to providing a community perspective on the existing CPD School Resource Officer policy and are from all over the City of Chicago to ensure diverse representation.

Resources

CPD Community Strategic Plans

Starting in October 2020, the CPD Office of Community Policing (OCP) will be hosting community conversations in each of the 22 police districts to get community input on the development of their districts plan. In November, a second meeting will be held in each district to review the draft plan and gather additional input.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all community conversations will be held virtually via Zoom. A call-in option is available for anyone who is unable to join virtually. More information can be found on the CPD webpage

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Chicago Council on Mental Health Equity (CCMHE)

The CCMHE serves as the City’s main advisory committee on all mental and behavioral health topics and is co-chaired by the Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Department of Public Health. This diverse committee is comprised of multiple city agencies, mental and behavioral health stakeholders, local elected officials, and individuals with lived experience.

Join us!

The Chicago Council on Mental Health Equity (CCMHE) meetings will be held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of January, April, July and October. The meetings will be held virtually (until further notice) via the secure web-based platform Zoom.

Public Comment Period:

  • Any person who wishes to address the CCMHE during the public comment period, must email a request to CCMHE@cityofchicago.org no less than 24 hours prior to the start of the next scheduled meeting. Those who submit a request to speak will receive a confirmation email in response.
    • Anyone who wishes to address the CCMHE must be available at the scheduled start time of the meeting and audibly heard through the virtual web-based platform. The public comment period is limited to 30 minutes overall, with each participant limited to 3 minutes, so there is no assurance that every person who emails will have an opportunity to speak. Each speaker will be limited to the subject matter on the agenda and one opportunity to speak.
  • Public comments may also be emailed to CCMHE@cityofchicago.org no later than one hour prior to the start of the next scheduled meeting. Public comment sent by email will be emailed to the members of CCMHE to review during the meeting.

Upcoming 2021 meetings

Please contact CCMHE@cityofchicago.org for more information. The agenda and the Zoom link will be posted no later than 48 hours prior to the next scheduled meeting.

Date

Subcommittee

Time

April 26th (rescheduled to May 24th)

CCMHE Quarterly Meeting

Agenda and virtual meeting information

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

May 

Wed 19th

Mental Health Safety Net

Agenda and virtual meeting information

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thu 20th

System Coordination and Data

Agenda and virtual meeting information

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 26th

Deflection and Diversion

Agenda and virtual meeting information

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

June

Wed 16th

Mental Health Safety Net

Agenda and virtual meeting information

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thu 17th

System Coordination and Data

Agenda and virtual meeting information

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mon 28th Crisis Response 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 30th Deflection and Diversion 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

July

July 26th CCMHE Quarterly Meeting  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Aug

Wed 18th Mental Health Safety Net 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thu 19th System Coordination and Data 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mon 23rd Crisis Response 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 25th Deflection and Diversion 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sept

Wed 15t Mental Health Safety Net 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thu 16th System Coordination and Data 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mon 27th Crisis Response 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 29th Deflection and Diversion 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Oct

Oct  25th CCMHE Quarterly Meeting  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Nov

Wed 17th Mental Health Safety Net 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thu 18th System Coordination and Data 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mon 22nd Crisis Response 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 24th Deflection and Diversion 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Dec

Wed 15th Mental Health Safety Net 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thu 16th System Coordination and Data 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mon 27th Crisis Response 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 29th Deflection and Diversion 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Foot Pursuit Policy Overview

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is creating a foot pursuit policy –the first for the City.  CPD believes an effective foot pursuit policy requires meaningful community engagement from residents and stakeholders across the City. To address the immediate need, CPD has published an interim foot pursuit policy, which will remain in place while deeper community engagement is conducted.

From now until July 15, 2021, CPD will be seeking community input on its foot pursuit policy. After the community engagement period concludes, CPD will conduct an analysis of the feedback provided which will inform revisions to the interim foot pursuit policy. CPD anticipates publishing a draft of its updated foot pursuit policy in early August, where it will be open for public comment for 15 days. Following any additional revisions, CPD anticipates implementing the updated policy in early September and will release a public report detailing the engagement process, summary of community feedback and steps it’s taken to inform policy revisions.  

 

About the Policy

Background

In 2017, the United States Department of Justice concluded a yearlong civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department. The investigation revealed the need for significant reforms to address deficiencies within the nation’s second-largest police department, including eliminating discriminatory policing.

This led a federal judge to authorize a consent decree, which was approved on January 31, 2019. Among the many requirements, the consent decree mandated the Department gather information about foot pursuits for the Independent Monitoring Team (IMT).

On March 5, 2021, upon review of the data, the IMT determined a foot pursuit policy was necessary. The Department immediately began working on a draft policy based on best practices from major cities throughout the country.

CPD conducted a review of available data on foot pursuits from April 2019 to December 2019. The findings include:

  • Chicago police officers engaged in an average of seven foot pursuits per day during this nine-month period. 
  • Throughout this same period, an officer reported an injury as a result of a foot pursuit, on average once per day.
  • Approximately one out of five foot pursuits during this time frame resulted in an arrest.
  • Half of all foot pursuits occurred between 4 p.m. and midnight.
  • About a quarter of all foot pursuits reported during this time period were associated with a use of force incident — an example might include an officer having to tackle a fleeing suspect.

 

Policy Highlights

  • The new foot pursuit policy reminds officers to begin any interaction with tactics meant to reduce the possibility of a foot pursuit.
  • Tactics to avoid a foot pursuit include: continual communication with a subject and encouraging officers to position themselves in such a way to reduce the opportunity for a foot chase.
  • The circumstances also must be considered before any foot pursuit takes place. Officers need to ask themselves is the need to apprehend the subject worth the risk to responding officers, the public, or the subject.
  • The policy also spells out that foot pursuits are only appropriate when it is believed an individual has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime or there is probable cause for an arrest.
  • Foot pursuits can no longer be initiated for criminal offenses less than a Class A misdemeanor, according to the new policy.
  • Foot pursuits also must be discontinued if someone is injured and requires immediate medical assistance; if officers are unaware of their location; and if the need to apprehend the subject is not worth the risk to responding officers, the public, or the subject.
  • Supervisors can also instruct officers to discontinue a foot pursuit at any time.
  • All officers are required to notify the Office of Emergency Management and Communications of a foot pursuit and will activate their body-worn cameras to record the entire incident.

 

Virtual Webinar

CPD held a live webinar to review the policy and answer questions from the public on June 1. 

Watch the recorded webinar here. 

 

 

Get Involved

CPD is offering a number of ways you can provide your input and feedback on its foot pursuit policy.

  • Public Comment on Policy
  • CPD invites you to review the interim policy and make comments and recommendations on it. To read the policy and provide your feedback, click here. Public comments will be open until July 15, 2021.

  • Public Input Form
  • CPD has launched an anonymous input form that asks various questions around foot pursuits. These questions will allow you to provide feedback on specific components of the foot pursuit policy. Responses to this form are entirely anonymous.

    Click here to complete the input form

  • Community Conversations

    CPD will conduct two virtual community conversations.  The community conversations will be open to the general public and serve as an opportunity to provide input on the foot pursuit policy. Your input is very much welcome.  Please RSVP to attend one of the two planned meetings:

  • Deliberative Dialogues
  • CPD is inviting community groups and organizations interested in providing feedback on the foot pursuit policy to meet with members of CPD. This deliberative dialogue is aimed at allowing participants to discuss multiple views and perspectives on the topic. While the discussions may not produce consensus, they will produce collective insight and feedback around ways to improve CPD’s foot pursuit policy. CPD has partnered with the Center for Conflict Resolution to provide neutral facilitation and note taking for the meetings.

    Participating organizations are able to invite up to eight members of their choice to attend these dialogues. Meetings will be scheduled for 60-minutes.

    What we ask of your organization:

    • Review the interim foot pursuit policy and background information prior to discussion.
    • Identify components within the foot pursuit policy that your organization would like to address.
    • Have a collaborative and respectful mindset that enables productive dialogue between your organization and CPD.

     

    Meetings will begin the week of June 1, 2021 and will be offered until July 15, 2021. Please sign up by June 25, 2021. 

    Due to the high demand for meetings, CPD will accommodate as many meeting requests as possible but may not get to every request before July 15.

    If you have additional questions, please contact Community@chicagopolice.org

    Click here to sign up for a deliberative dialogue