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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

Agenda and virtual meeting information

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

Deflection and Diversion

Agenda and virtual meeting information

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

July

July 23rd

CCMHE Quarterly Meeting (RESCHEDULED)

Agenda and virtual meeting information

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

Aug

Wed 18th

Mental Health Safety Net

Agenda and virtual meeting information

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thu 19th

System Coordination and Data

Agenda and virtual meeting information

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mon 23rd

Crisis Response

Agenda and virtual meeting information

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 25th

Deflection and Diversion

Agenda and virtual meeting information

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

Sep 

*The CCMHE will review the Chicago Police Department's CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) policies at all subcommittee meetings in September.  Please refer to each agenda for the specific policies to be reviewed. 

Wed 15th

Mental Health Safety Net

*Agenda and virtual meeting information

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thu 16th

System Coordination and Data

*Agenda and virtual meeting information

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mon 27th

Crisis Response

*Agenda and virtual meeting information

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 29th

Deflection and Diversion

*Agenda and virtual meeting information

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

Oct

Oct  25th

CCMHE Quarterly Meeting 

Agenda and virtual information

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

Nov

Mon 8th

*CPD CIT Policy and Program Presentation

*This meeting just added to calendar

Agenda and virtual information 

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed 17th

Mental Health Safety Net

Agenda and virtual information

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

(meeting duration changed to 1 hour)

Thu 18th

System Coordination and Data

Agenda and virtual information

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(meeting duration changed to 1 hour)

Mon 22nd

Crisis Response

Agenda and virtual information

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(meeting duration changed to 1 hour)

Wed 24th

Deflection and Diversion

Agenda and virtual information

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

(meeting duration changed to 1 hour)

Mon 29th

 

THIS MEETING IS RESCHEDULED TO THU DECEMBER 2ND

 

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

Dec

Thu 2nd

CCMHE Meeting (full committee)

This meeting is in addition to the regular scheduled quarterly meetings

Agenda and virtual information

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

 

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 26th

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 dialouges 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

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. 

 

 

 

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.

THE CITY OF CHICAGO BEGINS OFFICIAL SEARCH AND SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE NEXT CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR OF COPA