Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S05-08
Homeland Security Preparedness
Issue Date:01 October 2015Effective Date:01 October 2015
Rescinds:18 February 2015 Version
Index Category:Extraordinary Responses
This directive:
  • A.informs Department members of the designated command authority for homeland-security related matters.
  • conjunction with the Department's Special Response Plan and the City of Chicago's Emergency Response Plan, coordinates Department resources to address homeland security-related matters.
  • C.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standard Chapter 2.
II.General Information
  • A.While the specific day-to-day duties of the Department's various units and personnel vary, each member shares responsibility for the effectiveness of the Department's response to potential terrorist threats and terrorism incidents. Ensuring an effective response requires the coordinating use of its administrative support, planning, training, patrol, investigative, and intelligence resources.
  • B.Overall command authority for the Department's homeland-security related matters response rests with the Superintendent of Police and, unless modified by the Superintendent, is delegated as follows:
    • 1.Command authority over the Department’s operational and field response to a potential terrorist threat or actual terrorist incident rests with the Superintendent. In the absence of the Superintendent, the First Deputy Superintendent will be in command.
    • 2.Command authority with respect to the coordination of the Department’s homeland-security related intelligence analysis, is assigned to the Chief, Office of Crime Control Strategies.
    • 3.Command authority for all homeland-security related investigations and covert operations is assigned to the Chief, Bureau Organized Crime.
  • C.National Guard assistance is available only following the declaration of a local emergency by the Mayor. Upon declaration, the Mayor will notify the Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to request assistance through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
  • D.Unless specifically modified by the provisions of this directive, the overall operational response to an actual terrorist incident will be consistent with the procedures established under the existing directives appropriate to the incident, including those relating to emergency or special response plans, preliminary investigations, hazardous materials, critical incidents, active shooter incidents, special weapons and tactics incidents, crime scene processing, processing arrestees, First Amendment activities, eavesdropping, searches, and field and custodial interviews and interrogations.
  • E.Based upon the severity or scope of a potential terrorist threat or actual terrorist incident, the Superintendent of Police or authorized designee may direct temporary or emergency modifications to the Department’s directives or procedures as necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the Department’s response.
(Items indicated by italics/double-underline have been added or revised.)
Authenticated by: KC
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
15-162 SDR
1.S05-08-01 - National Terrorism Advisory System
2.S05-08-02 - Homeland Security Operational Response
3.S05-08-03 - Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program