Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S05-08-03
Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program
Issue Date:02 June 2017Effective Date:02 June 2017
Rescinds:30 November 2016 Version
Index Category:Extraordinary Responses
This directive:
  • A.continues the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program.
  • B.delineates the responsibilities of:
    • 1.the Commander, DOC
    • 2.district commanders/unit commanding officers.
    • 3.district/unit executive officers.
    • 4.terrorism liaison officers.
  • C.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standard Chapter 46.
It is the policy of the Chicago Police Department to make every effort to accurately and appropriately gather, record, and analyze information regarding behaviors and incidents associated with criminal activity and activity or intentions related to either foreign or domestic terrorism. These efforts will be carried out in a manner that protects the information privacy and the Constitutional liberties of all persons involved, and therefore such information shall be recorded and maintained in strict compliance with existing federal, state, and Department guidelines.
III.General Information
  • A.The Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) is under the command of the Chicago Police Department's Deployment Operations Center (DOC), is located in the Public Safety Headquarters building, and is staffed at all times by Department members and numerous other federal and local partners on a rotational basis as delineated in the Department directive entitled "Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC)."
  • B.CPIC encompasses both crime prevention and homeland security measures; CPIC is able to engage in real-time monitoring of criminal activity and provides resources to assist in investigations. This comprehensive all-crimes approach allows for greater cooperation among agencies that engenders lasting partnerships.
  • C.The Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program is under the direction of the Deployment Operations Section (DOC).
  • D.The TLO Program was established to share pertinent information and training relating to homeland security issues.
  • E.Members with a background and/or experience in field information gathering are preferred, but it is not required. However, an interest in homeland security is required.
  • F.Terrorism Liaison Officers are chosen from each district and unit with investigative or patrol functions.
  • G.District commanders/unit commanding officers will designate a minimum of two members to be a Terrorism Liaison Officer, preferably from different watches. District commanders/unit commanding officers will consider watch and day off group assignments while selecting TLOs from the same watch to balance responsibilities and TLO coverage.
  • A.Terrorism Liaison Officers will:
    • 1.act as liaison for their respective district/unit in collecting, reporting, retrieving, and sharing material related to homeland security.
      The TLO position is a voluntary position and not an assignment. Members serving as a TLO will continue to perform their normally assigned duties.
    • required to participate in a Terrorism Liaison Officer course presented by Department training personnel.
    • required, attend TLO refresher training.
    • 4.visit critical infrastructure and high-value soft targets in their district/unit, as described within Department training, and consult with district commanders/unit commanding officers.
    • 5.identify and establish an open line of communication with key personnel at a critical infrastructure, as described within Department training, within their district/unit.
    • a contact person for community and private sector relationships in homeland-security-related matters.
    • 7.attend quarterly and monthly area TLO meetings to discuss critical information concerning homeland-security-related matters and the TLO program.
    • 8.upon attending the TLO meeting, prepare a To-From-Subject report to their district commander/unit commanding officer, regarding information from the TLO meeting.
    • 9.coordinate with the review officer to review reports from their units which pertain to homeland-security-related matters and forward copies of the reports to the Commander, Deployment Operations Section (DOC).
    • 10.maintain a place within a secured area of their Department facility, where homeland-security-related information from the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) can be posted for personnel, e.g., "roll call" areas.
    • 11.have an approved To-From-Subject report signed by that TLO's district commander/unit commanding officer annually, to maintain eligibility in the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program.
    • 12.log into the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) training account and distribute literature to inform members in their unit of homeland-security-related matters.
      The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is the trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share sensitive but unclassified information. Federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international, and private sector homeland security partners use HSIN to manage operations, analyze data, send alerts and notices, and share information.
  • B.Executive officers will ensure:
    • 1.TLOs attend authorized meetings and training.
    • 2.a copy of the TLOs' report from the quarterly TLO meeting is available for officers in their respective district/unit.
  • C.District commanders/unit commanding officers will ensure:
    • 1.a supervisor is assigned to coordinate the Terrorism Liaison Officers (TLOs) within their respective districts/units.
    • 2.members are chosen for the TLO position from the applicants who volunteer for the position.
    • 3.discretion is used in permitting TLOs to attend monthly/quarterly meetings and training, based on manpower availability.
    • 4.information obtained by a TLO from the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) will be disseminated to the following:
      • a.all sworn personnel working within their district/unit,
      • b.the supervisor assigned to coordinate the Terrorism Liaison Officers within their district/unit,
      • c.district intelligence officers,
      • relations sergeants,
      • e.tactical lieutenants,
      • f.district station supervisors,
      • operations lieutenants, and
      • h.executive officers.
    District commanders/unit commanding officers will perform the responsibilities delineated in item IV-B of this directive if no executive officer is available.
  • D.The Commander, DOC will ensure:
    • 1.a database of TLOs by district/unit is maintained.
    • 2.TLO training requirements are met on an annual basis.
    The Commander, DOC will have the final authority in the selection of TLO participants.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised).
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
17-049 RCL