Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U02-01-03
Vehicles Equipped with Protective Dividers
Issue Date:26 June 2019Effective Date:26 June 2019
Rescinds:7 February 1985 version of U02-01-08
Index Category:Department Vehicles
This directive:
  • A.continues procedures for transporting arrestees in Department vehicles equipped with protective dividers.
  • B.defines the duties and responsibilities of Department members relative to transporting arrestees in these vehicles.
II.General Information
The Department deploys vehicles equipped with protective dividers to enhance the safety and security of Department members, persons in custody, and members of the public. Members are encouraged to utilize these vehicles when transporting persons in-custody or members of the public as outlined in this directive.
III.Use of Protective Divider Equipped Vehicles
  • A.Department members will ONLY be transported in the rear passenger area of a vehicle equipped with a protective divider if authorized by a Lieutenant or above. Prior to approval, any and all other deployment options must have been considered. In such instances, members will be exited from the rear passenger compartment at a location of safety, prior to approaching an emergency scene. This does not prohibit the transportation of a Department member in need of emergency medical treatment in situations that otherwise preclude awaiting the arrival of a Chicago Fire Department (CPD) Ambulance or another type of Department vehicle.
    This does not preclude the transport of a Department member if considered to be in-custody.
  • B.Transporting Arrestees
    • 1.Vehicles equipped with protective dividers will be utilized to transport arrestees in instances where:
      • a.a squadrol or van cell is not immediately available and/or awaiting the arrival of a squadrol or van cell would unreasonably delay an arrestee being transported.
      • b.awaiting the arrival of a squadrol or van cell would present a safety or security risk to any Department member or the public.
      • unusual risk or hazard is apparent.
      • other circumstances exist that would require or otherwise necessitate the transport be made by a squadrol or van cell.
    • 2.When receiving an arrestee, who has not yet been processed, from another Department member or from another law enforcement agency, transporting officers will:
      • a.obtain the name, star and beat number of no less than one arresting officer.
      • b.obtain the assigned unit of any arresting Department member, or agency of a member from another law enforcement agency.
      • c.if the arresting officer is from another law enforcement agency, obtain the contact information for that officer and their agency, until custody of the arrestee has been restored.
      • d.provide the arresting officer(s) their name(s), star number(s), and beat(s) of assignment.
      • e.verify the location the arrestee is to be transported.
      • f.conduct a custodial search of any arrestee to be transported, regardless of whether a search was previously completed. Members will follow existing directives related to search and inventory procedures.
      • g.conduct a search of the passenger area of the vehicle in which the arrestee is to be secured, both prior to the arrestee entering the vehicle and after the arrestee is removed from the vehicle, before he/she has been processed.
      • h.notify his/her primary Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) radio dispatcher of the transport location and destination.
      • i.immediately clear the assignment via radio when custody is restored to the arresting officer(s) and no further action is required.
      • j.remain with the arrestee until the arrival of the arresting officer(s), unless otherwise directed by a supervisor.
      • k.inspect the arrestee for any obvious visual indication that medical attention may be necessary.
      • the event of any visual indication being present or the arrestee complains of an injury or ailment that requires medical attention, promptly notify their immediate supervisor. If the alleged injury or ailment is minor and not of a life-threatening nature, the supervisor may approve the transporting officer(s) to remove the arrestee to a Department approved medical facility for treatment and clearance. If the arrestee is apparently unconscious or unresponsive, the alleged injury or ailment is serious or indicative of a possible life-threatening circumstance, or for any other reason a supervisor or the transporting member deems it appropriate, a request for CFD EMS response will be made via radio through the transporting Beat's primary OEMC radio dispatcher.
      • m.Unless an exigent circumstance exists, only transport the number of arrestees in any Department vehicle for which there are available seatbelts.
        Regardless of circumstances, no more arrestees than can be properly seated upon the rear passenger seat and in a proper upright position shall be transported in a single Department vehicle. No arrestee will be transported in the front seat.
      • n.only transport persons in the actual passenger compartments of a vehicle.
      • o.only transport arrestees of the same sex together, regardless of perceived personal relationship. Only transport juvenile arrestees with other juvenile arrestees.
      • p.never transport a non-Department member or non-sworn Department member in the same vehicle as an arrestee.
    • 3.The parent or guardian of a juvenile arrestee will be transported in a separate vehicle from the offender. If the parent or guardian is present at the time of arrest, and circumstances allow, they will be transported at the same time as the juvenile arrestee.
    • 4.At no time will an arrestee be handcuffed or otherwise secured to any part of a Department vehicle.
    • 5.Requests for an arrestee to be transported to a facility other than as outlined in Department directives must be approved by a supervisor.
    • 6.Unless an articulable exigent circumstance exists, arrestees will be secured with a vehicle safety belt, or in a squadrol or van cell, the safety device(s) as equipped.
      If a specific risk, injury, or disability exists which prevents the use of a safety belt, transporting members may consider to have the transport completed by a squadrol or van cell if one is immediately available to respond. An arrestee requiring the use of a wheelchair will be transported pursuant to Department directive titled "Transportation of Arrestees Requiring Wheelchairs".
  • C.Transporting Persons in Need of Mental Health Evaluation
    Ordinarily, any person being transported in the custody of a Department member for the purpose of a Mental Health Evaluation shall be transported via squadrol or van cell. The following conditions may apply:
    • 1.The transporting member is assigned a Department vehicle equipped with a protective divider and has received Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) certification or has otherwise previously demonstrated an ability to calmly and purposefully relate to and deal with CIT incidents or transports.
    • 2.There is no squadrol or van cell immediately available and awaiting a delayed response of one may allow the situation to escalate.
    • 3.The person to be transported is cooperative and the presence of, or actual transport by a squadrol or van cell may cause the situation to escalate.
    • 4.At no time will any person being transported in the custody of a Department member for a mental health evaluation be transported in a vehicle not equipped with a protective divider.
    • 5.Non-Department members will normally not be transported in the same vehicle as the person in need of mental health evaluation. Exceptions may be made where the person in need of evaluation is cooperative and in the opinion of a supervisor and/or on-scene CIT certified officer, the presence of such person will more-than-likely facilitate calm cooperation from the person to be transported. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE shall this allowance be made regarding a person in-custody for a criminal investigation, regardless of the actual or potential charges.
    • 6.No person shall be transported in the same passenger compartment as a person being transported for a mental health evaluation.
IV.Notification of Availability of Protective Divider Equipped Vehicles
The District Station Supervisor will ensure that the watch assignment line-up is submitted immediately after each roll call and that OEMC is made aware of all vehicles which are equipped with protective dividers.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
12-013 PMD