Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G06-01-03
Conducting Strip Searches
Issue Date:08 December 2017Effective Date:08 December 2017
Rescinds:31 December 2015 Version
Index Category:Processing Persons
  • A.establishes procedures for Department members conducting strip searches.
  • B.continues the use of Report of Strip Search form (CPD-11.521).
  • C.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standards in Chapter 1.
II.Verbatim Text of Pertinent Sub-Sections from Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS):
  • A.725 ILCS 5/103-1 Rights on arrest
    • 1.(c) No person arrested for a traffic, regulatory or misdemeanor offense, except in cases involving weapons or a controlled substance, shall be strip searched unless there is a reasonable belief that the individual is concealing a weapon or controlled substance.
      Reasonable belief is equivalent to probable cause in the Illinois Statute 725 ILCS 5/103 Rights on arrest.
    • 2.(d) "Strip search" means having an arrested person remove or arrange some or all of his or her clothing so as to permit a visual inspection of the genitals, buttocks, anus, female breasts or undergarments of such person.
    • 3.(e) All strip searches conducted under this Section shall be performed by persons of the same sex as the arrested person and on premises where the search cannot be observed by persons not physically conducting the search.
    • 4.(f) Every peace officer or employee of a police department conducting a strip search shall:
      • a.(1) Obtain the written permission of the police commander or an agent thereof designated for the purposes of authorizing a strip search in accordance with this Section.
      • b.(2) Prepare a report of the strip search. The report shall include the written authorization required by paragraph (1) of this subsection (f), the name of the person subjected to the search, the names of the persons conducting the search and the time, date and place of the search. A copy of the report shall be provided to the person subject to the search.
    • 5.(g) No search of any body cavity other than the mouth shall be conducted without a duly executed search warrant; any warrant authorizing a body cavity search shall specify that the search must be performed under sanitary conditions and conducted either by a or under the supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches in this State.
    • 6.(h) Any peace officer or employee who knowingly or intentionally fails to comply with any provision of this Section is guilty of official misconduct as provided in Section 103-8; provided however, that nothing contained in this Section shall preclude prosecution of a peace officer or employee under another section of this Code.
  • B.725 ILCS 5/103-8 Mandatory duty of officers
    Any peace officer who intentionally prevents the exercise by an accused of any right conferred in this Article or who intentionally fails to perform any act required of him by this Article shall be guilty of official misconduct and may be punished in accordance with section 33-3 of the "Criminal Code of 1961" approved July 28, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
III.General Information
  • A.Arrestees will not be subjected to a strip search for any offense unless specific factors are present which establish probable cause that the search will uncover a weapon or contraband.
  • B.Discretion and good judgment will be used when conducting a strip search. The arrestee will not be required to remain unclothed any longer than is absolutely necessary.
  • C.All strip searches will be conducted by a member of the same gender, in a secure area, and isolated from the view of others. No touching of body cavities, other than the mouth, is permitted by Department members.
  • D.A search of any body cavity other than the mouth will be permitted only under the authority of a search warrant. The body cavity search will be performed under sanitary conditions either by or under the supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Illinois.
  • A.Strip searches will ordinarily be conducted in a police lockup facility.
  • B.All strip searches, regardless of location, require written approval from the appropriate supervisor using the Report of Strip Search (CPD-11.521).
  • C.The approving supervisor will complete the Report of Strip Search (CPD-11.521) in duplicate form and provide the duplicate copy to the subject of the search.
  • D.The original copy of the Report of Strip Search (CPD-11.521) will be forwarded to the Records Division to be retained permanently.
  • E.If it is necessary for an arrestee to be strip searched outside of the lockup in any police facility, prior written approval must be obtained from the:
    • operations lieutenant, if it is a district station.
    • 2.member's immediate supervisor, if other than a district station. The member's immediate supervisor will notify the watch operations lieutenant in the district in which their facility is located so that appropriate entries can be made in the Watch Incident Log.
  • F.When it is imperative that a strip search be conducted in the field, a field supervisor must be contacted for approval. Field supervisors approving or disapproving the search will immediately notify the watch operations lieutenant and complete a Report of Strip Search.
  • G.Whenever a request is made to conduct a strip search of an arrestee, the following information will be entered in both the narrative portion of the automated Arrest Report and the Watch Incident Log (CPD-21.916):
    • 1.the name of the arrestee;
    • 2.the name of the officer(s) making the request;
    • 3.a list of specific factors justifying the strip search;
    • 4. whether the strip search was approved or disapproved;
    • 5.the name of the person approving or disapproving;
    • 6. if approved, the name of the person(s) conducting the search;
    • 7.the time, date, and place of the search; and
    • 8.what was discovered as a result of the strip search.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
17-051 KT
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The removal or rearrangement of some or all of the clothing of an arrestee to permit a visual inspection of the genitals, buttocks, anus, female breasts, or undergarments.