Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S03-09
Parole Compliance Program
Issue Date:23 February 2012Effective Date:23 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 3 April 2009; S09-07
Index Category:Field Operations
This directive:
  • A.institutionalizes the former Parole Compliance Pilot Program as a cooperative operational program with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).
  • B.authorizes joint field operations between select Department and IDOC personnel, according to the established guidelines.
  • C.continues the use of the Police Parole Compliance Mission Log (CPD-11.390).
II.General Information
  • A.Criminal street gang members and other career criminals are directly and disproportionately responsible for serious and violent crime. Even after being successfully prosecuted, a disproportionate number of these career criminals ultimately return to the community and continue their criminal conduct while in a MSR/parole status. Under this cooperative program, the Department and the IDOC will conduct occasional joint operations that will detect and prevent the continued criminal activity of parolees to enhance community safety.
  • B.The Department’s role in the parole compliance program is to support the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  • A.Supervisory and command personnel will direct all written recommendations for a parole compliance mission, through channels, to the appropriate chief Bureau of Patrol, Bureau of Detectives, or Bureau of Organized Crime for approval.
  • B.The chief of Bureau of Patrol, Bureau of Detectives, or Bureau of Organized Crime approving a recommendation for a parole compliance mission will:
    • 1.forward recommendations generated within their command to the Chief, Office of Crime Control Strategies, Attention: Commander, Deployment Operations Section.
    • 2.after having been advised by the Commander, Deployment Operations Section, that IDOC has approved the request, will assign the appropriate deputy chief to coordinate and direct the field planning and operations related to the mission.
      If the mission requires support from patrol districts, the affected district commander will be informed, at a minimum, 48 hours in advance of any need for squadrols or support services from the district(s) wherein the mission will be conducted.
  • C.The Commander, Deployment Operations Section will:
    • 1.forward to IDOC all approved recommendations for parole compliance missions made by the authorized Department supervisory and command personnel.
    • 2.serve as the liaison for the scheduling and preliminary coordination of all parole compliance missions conducted under this program.
    • 3.after IDOC has accepted the request for a mission, advise the appropriate chief and either the appropriate Bureau of Patrol deputy chief or the Bureau of Organized Crime Deputy Chief.
    • the appropriate Detective Area Commander and inform the Detective Commander of the need for the Detective Area to assign detective personnel to de-brief those arrested in parole compliance missions.
    • 5.forward any requests initiated by IDOC for the participation of Department personnel in parole compliance missions to the appropriate chief in the Bureau of Patrol, Bureau of Detectives, or Bureau of Organized Crime.
  • D.Prior to each parole compliance mission, the ranking Department command or supervisory member assigned to the mission will be responsible for ensuring that:
    • 1.all matters impacting officer safety are addressed and adequate resources are available to undertake the mission.
    • 2.the station supervisor in the district of occurrence is notified of the mission parameters, the identity of the approving and supervising Department member, the anticipated mission duration, and the number of involved Department and IDOC personnel.
    • 3.notification is made to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
  • E.District station supervisors will ensure that all parole compliance mission notifications received under this cooperative program are recorded on the appropriate Watch Incident Log (CPD-21.916).
  • A.Parole compliance missions will normally be conducted by:
    • 1.Bureau of Patrol district tactical and Special Functions Division personnel,
    • 2.Bureau of Detectives personnel,
    • 3.Bureau of Organized Crime personnel.
  • B.The participating IDOC parole agents are responsible for:
    • 1.taking the lead role in carrying out the parole compliance verification activities of these missions and interacting with any parolees encountered.
    • 2.conducting searches and drug testing consistent with IDOC policy and the law.
    • 3.conducting parole debriefing sessions with the parolees.
    • 4.facilitating voluntary interviews involving parolees and Bureau of Organized Crime and Bureau of Detectives personnel regarding criminal gang activity, violence, and general neighborhood crime conditions and activity.
    • 5.documenting and taking appropriate enforcement action when MSR/parole violations are detected.
  • C.The participating Bureau of Patrol personnel will:
    • 1.provide a supporting role to the assigned IDOC parole agents with regard to general officer safety and interactions with any parolees encountered during the mission.
    • 2.make arrests when probable cause exists that a criminal statute or ordinance has been violated.
    • 3.document any criminal incidents detected during such missions and make the appropriate notifications as required.
    • 4.assist the IDOC with parolee transportation.
  • D.The participating Bureau of Detectives personnel will:
    • the absence of Bureau of Patrol personnel, undertake the roles and responsibilities listed in Item IV-C of this directive.
    • 2.assist IDOC personnel, as requested, in conducting parolee debriefings.
    • 3.conduct, with IDOC assistance, voluntary interviews with the parolees regarding criminal gang activity, violence, and general neighborhood crime conditions and activity.
    • 4.disseminate the investigative leads obtained from the debriefings to the appropriate Departmental unit/s.
V.Additional Operational and Procedural Guidelines
  • A.On all parole compliance missions the supervisor in charge will ensure that at least one marked vehicle and uniformed officer is involved in the mission.
  • B.All arrests, except those based solely on a technical MSR/parole violation, will be processed by the on-scene Department personnel participating in the mission. When appropriate, the on-scene IDOC personnel will be listed as complainants/witnesses with regard to documenting the incident and the signing of criminal complaints.
  • C.All contraband or physical evidence seized as a result of any arrest, except those based solely on a technical MSR/parole violation, will be initially handled, inventoried, and processed by the participating Department personnel consistent with existing Department procedures.
VI.Mission Documentation
The ranking Department command or supervisory member assigned to the mission will:
  • A.ensure a Police Parole Compliance Mission Log is completed, summarizing the activities performed under the mission.
  • B.forward the completed Police Parole Compliance Mission Log through the chain of command, to the appropriate chief for the unit conducting the mission.
  • C.submit a copy of the completed Police Parole Compliance Mission Log to the Deployment Operations Section.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Authenticated by: RMJ
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
08-073 / 12-003 JKH/SB