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.
- The City of Chicago Report on the CPD SRO Community Working Group documents the process of community engagement from the initial solicitation of volunteers, through the response from CPD on the group’s final recommendations.
- Official CPD response to the working group’s recommendations
- Working group members’ voting results of the recommendations to move forward to CPD
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.
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.
The Chicago Council on Mental Health Equity (CCMHE) meetings will be held quarterly on a selected Monday at 12:30 pm in the months of February, April, July and November. 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 2023 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.
Future Quarterly Meetings 2023
February 27, 2023
12:30pm - 2:00pm
|May 22, 2023||12:30pm - 2:00pm|
|July 31, 2023||12:30pm - 2:00pm|
|November 6, 2023||12:30pm - 2:00pm|
2022 Quarterly Meetings
|December 5th, 2022||
CCMHE Special December Meeting
Meeting ID: 839 6023 0482
|12:30pm - 2:00pm|
|February 25th, 2022||
CCMHE Quarterly Meeting #1
|1:00 pm - 3:00 pm|
|April 25th, 2022||
CCMHE Quarterly Meeting #2
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|August 24th, 2022||
CCMHE Quarterly Meeting #3
|12:30 pm- 2:00 pm|
|November 7th, 2022||
CCMHE Quarterly Meeting #4
12:30 pm- 2:00 pm
April 25th, 2022 - Full CCMHE Meeting
February 25th, 2022 - Full CCMHE meeting
December 2nd - Full CCMHE meeting
November 24th - Deflection and Diversion Subcommittee Meeting
November 22nd - Crisis Response Subcommittee Meeting
November 18th - System Coordination and Data Subcommittee Meeting
November 17th - Mental Health Safety Net Subcommittee Meeting
November 8th - CCMHE Meeting
October 25th - CCMHE Quarterly Meeting
September 29th - Deflection and Diversion Subcommittee
September 27th - Crisis Response Subcommittee
September 16th - System Coordination and Data Subcommittee
September 15th - Mental Health Safety Net Subcommittee
August 25th - Deflection and Diversion Subcommittee
August 23rd - Crisis Response Subcommittee
August 19th - System Coordination and Data Subcommittee
August 18th - Mental Health Safety Net Subcommittee
July 23rd - CCMHE Quarterly Meeting
June 30th - Deflection and Diversion
June 28th - Crisis Response
June 17th - System Coordination and Data
June 16th - Mental Health Safety Net Safety Net
May 26th - Deflection and Diversion
May 24th - CCHME Quarterly Meeting
May 20th - System Coordination and Data
May 19th - Mental Health Safety Net
April 16th - Community Engagement
April 14th - Crisis Response Subcommittee
March 31st - Systems and Data Subcommittee
February 22nd, 2021
January 25th, 2021
October 10th, 2020
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.
The community engagement period has concluded and CPD is conducting an analysis of the feedback provided which will inform revisions to the interim foot pursuit policy. From mid-June through July 2021, CPD sought input through a public comment period on the interim policy and provided a survey for residents to provide anonymous feedback. CPD also hosted two virtual community conversations and deliberative dialogues with community groups and organizations.
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
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 pm 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.
- 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.
CPD held a live webinar to review the policy and answer questions from the public on June 1.
Watch the recorded webinar here.
COPA Chief Administrator Search and Selection Public Engagement
The Mayor’s Office of Community Engagement will host four public forums that will provide residents the opportunity to speak before members of the committee prior to the selection of the next Chief Administrator at the locations listed below from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm each night:
- August 17, 2021: Muslim Community Center - 4380 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60641 (North Side)
- August 18, 2021: Garfield Park Golden Dome Field House – 100 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624 (West Side)
- August 24, 2021: Kennedy King Community College - 6301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60621 (South Side)
- August 26, 2021: Virtual Public Forum via Zoom (Zoom details to be provided)
Members of the public can submit questions, comments, and thoughts about priorities for the position of Chief Administrator of COPA by emailing COPAsearch@cityofchicago.org if unable to attend any of the community engagement sessions.
To view the job description or obtain more information regarding the selection process, please visit www.chicagocopa.org/about-copa/careers/ for additional details.