Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S05-15
Automated External Defibrillator Program
Issue Date:14 December 2015Effective Date:14 December 2015
Index Category:Extraordinary Responses
This directive:
  • A.introduces the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program.
  • B.informs members that AEDs will be installed at Department facilities.
II.General Information
  • A.In accordance with 65 ILCS 5/11-1-13 the corporate authorities of each municipality shall, in accordance with the requirement of the Automated External Defibrillator Act, ensure that:
    • 1.each police department that employs 100 or more police officers is equipped with an operational and accessible automated external defibrillator; and
    • adequate number of personnel in each police department is trained to administer the automated external defibrillator.
  • B.AED locations will be clearly marked and available in Department facilities.
  • C.Members will familiarize themselves with the location of the AED device(s) installed within the facility.
  • D.The Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division will ensure that Department members are trained on the use of AEDs, which includes hands-only CPR, in accordance with the Automated External Defibrillator Act.
  • E.The relevant sections from the Illinois Good Samaritan Act regarding:
  • F.Any Department member will report a non-functioning AED to their Unit Commanding Officer/District Station Supervisor.
  • G.The Unit Commanding Officer/District Station Supervisor will:
    • 1.ensure that each of the AED cabinets is secure.
    • the  General Support Division for a replacement AED when they observe, or are notified of a non-functioning AED.
      If the General Support Division is not operational, the requesting supervisor will leave a message containing the appropriate information.
    • 3.visually inspect the AED cabinets and AEDs located within their facility to ensure that they are in proper working order and are functional.
For the purpose of this directive the following definitions will apply:
  • A.Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) - SCA is characterized by the loss of consciousness, heart and breathing stop abruptly, and death is imminent within minutes. The most common rhythm associated with SCA is Ventricular Fibrillation.
  • B.Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) - is an abnormal, chaotic heart rhythm that prevents the heart from pumping blood. VF causes more cardiac arrests than any other rhythm. A victim must be defibrillated immediately to stop VF and allow a normal heart rhythm to resume. The sooner defibrillation is provided the better the victim's chance of survival.
  • C.Automated External Defibrillator (AED) - is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart by disposable adhesive pads (called electrodes) placed on the skin. A built-in computer assesses the patient's heart rhythm and will judge whether defibrillation is needed, then advises the user to administer the shock. Audible and visual prompts guide the user through the process. An AED will only shock a person in VF.
  • D.CPD AED Program Medical Director (PMD) - in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration, the CPD AED Program operates under the authority of a Program Medical Director (PMD). The PMD is a designated medical professional who will be responsible for reviewing all cases when a when an AED is utilized, and will make recommendations as to AED usage and required training. The PMD will also monitor the program and act as a liaison between the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Emergency Medical System and the Chicago Fire Department.
  • E.New AED Unit - an in service, replacement, or spare AED unit with an intact plastic security seal on the AED case.
  • F.Used AED Unit - an AED that has the plastic security seal broken.
IV.Procedures for AED Use
  • A.The Department member utilizing the AED for an individual experiencing a SCA event will:
    • 1.ensure that the Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) is notified and has dispatched the necessary Chicago Fire Department (CFD) personnel to the location.
    • 2.perform the procedures as trained to provide defibrillation as indicated by the AED device.
    • 3.assist CFD personnel, as requested.
    • 4.complete and submit a non-criminal case report to document the use of the AED on or by a Department member.
      If the member is not authorized to complete a case report (e.g. civilian members), the member will notify a supervisor.
  • B.If the AED is used on an arrestee, a sworn member will ride in the ambulance per Department directive "Assisting Chicago Fire Department Paramedics."
  • C.Unit Commanding Officers/District Station Supervisors will ensure that:
    • 1.the use of the AED device is documented on the Watch Incident Log (CPD-21.916) under the most appropriate category.
    • 2.the appropriate case report is completed to document the AED use.
    • 3.arrange for a replacement AED device and any supplies to ensure that the AED device is fully equipped.
      An AED device may be used for more than one event, but a used AED device must be evaluated prior to being placed back into service.
Authenticated by: KC
John J. Escalante
Interim Superintendent of Police
PMD 14-025
General Support Division