Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G03-01-02
Personal Radio Procedures
Issue Date:01 August 1997Effective Date:02 August 1997
Index Category:Field Operations
This directive provides information for the use and care of Department personal radios and Specialized Frequencies. Department members will refer to the Special Order titled "Personal Radio Procedures" for information related to supervisory duties, distribution, and storage.
II.General Information
When assigned a personal radio, the member will:
  • A.legibly affix his signature to the Personal Equipment Log (CPD-21.919).
  • accountable for the inspection, care and security of the personal radio.
  • C.operate and handle the personal radio and component parts in strict accordance with Department rules, existing directives and training aids.
  • D.carry the Department-issued personal radio only in a Department- approved radio holder which will be properly fastened to the equipment belt when in uniform.
    Commanding officers may extend permission to carry the radio in another manner if an assignment dictates such manner of handling.
  • E.not carry the radio by the speaker/microphone cable, transport the radio on a car seat or dashboard, or draped over the rear view mirror.
  • F.not wind the speaker/microphone cables around the instrument housing or any other object.
  • G.not fold the antenna out of its natural position on the microphone/speaker housing.
  • H.not remove the antenna.
  • I.ensure the radio speaker/microphone is properly fastened to a Department-authorized radio/transceiver attachment.
Personnel, other than those specifically authorized, will not attempt to effect repairs or perform maintenance on the personal radio or any component part. Questions regarding any facet of maintenance, including battery charging procedures, will be directed to OEMC.
IV.Use of Specialized Frequency
  • A.Selected channel positions on department radios provide:
    • 1.normal officer-to-dispatcher communications, e.g., the designated zone.
    • 2.City-wide channels.
    • 3.a specialized frequency that furnishes an officer-to-officer, walkie-talkie mode. This specialized frequency:
      • communications for specific events, e.g., parades, other community events and surveillance. Officer-to-officer communication will be authorized by the member’s supervisor or higher ranking member.
      • b.operates on a low power output. Communications are restricted to a 2-8 city block operating range depending on terrain and/or surroundings.
      • NOT monitored by OEMC dispatchers. If an officer desires to talk to a dispatcher, he must switch from the specialized frequency to one of the other positions on his radio.
  • B.Before members switch over to a specialized radio frequency they will inform their immediate supervisor.
  • C.When the specialized frequency is used:
    • least one officer will be designated as the primary zone communications officer, who will monitor regular zone radio traffic.
    • 2.a second officer will be designated as the "specialized frequency"
      communications officer, who will monitor communications on that frequency.
  • D.If an officer is on assignment alone and intends to switch to the specialized frequency position, he will first inform the OEMC dispatcher of his intention.
V.City-Wide 5 Channel
  • A.Because of the difficulty in normal communication when in the underground portion of the Rapid Transit System, special equipment has been installed in the subway system to facilitate communications with the OEMC dispatchers.
  • B.The City-wide 5 channel MUST be used when communicating from the subway to the dispatcher.
Matt L. Rodriguez
Superintendent of Police
95-081 BJD/PS(HEH)