Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S02-03-05
Peer Jury Program
Issue Date:18 April 2016Effective Date:18 April 2016
Rescinds:12 November 2014 Version of S02-05-02
Index Category:Human Rights and Community Partnerships
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes the Peer Jury Program and outlines the associated duties and responsibilities of individual Department members and civilian volunteers.
  • B.continues the Peer Jury Manual (CPD-24.472).
II.General Information
  • A.The Peer Jury Program is a juvenile intervention and prevention program designed as a collaborative, community-based partnership among neighborhood youth and their parents, the Chicago Police Department, the Juvenile Court of Cook County, adult and youth volunteers, local area businesses, and community leaders. The program is established by authority of the Juvenile Court Act (705 ILCS 405/5-315) and operates under the auspices of the Chicago Police Department.
  • B.District Community Relations Offices will operate a peer jury, under the direction of the district commander. All matters associated with the Peer Jury Program will remain confidential, particularly with respect to the names of juvenile offenders and youth volunteers.
  • C.The peer jury is comprised of a panel of youth volunteers who live or attend school in the district and are supervised by a Peer Jury Liaison Officer.
  • D.The peer jury does not determine guilt or innocence. Pursuant to the Formal Station Adjustment procedures outlined in the Juvenile Court Act (ILCS 405/5-301-2), a peer jury is authorized to decide only the disposition of certain minor juvenile offenses, which may include community service, referral to professional counseling, or other types of social services, in lieu of referring the offender to the Juvenile Court of Cook County for adjudication.
  • E.Peer jury moderators are recruited from local communities. Moderators will be appointed for each Peer Jury Program by the district commander, with consideration of recommendations made by the district community relations sergeant and the District Advisory Committee (DAC).
III.Responsibilities
  • A.The Deputy Chief, Community Relations Division, will:
    • 1.direct the development of, publish, approve, distribute, and maintain the Peer Jury Manual, conferring with district commanders, community relations sergeants, and district Community Relations Office personnel to resolve program issues. The manual provides guidelines, supporting documents, and procedural information consistent with this directive.
      NOTE:
      Specific operational guidelines, additional forms (questionnaires; acceptance, follow-up, and thank you letters; interview instructions; etc.), and a sample procedural schedule are published in the Peer Jury Manual (CPD-24.472).
    • 2.ensure that the guidelines outlined in the Peer Jury Manual do not conflict with the procedures outlined in this directive.
    • 3.ensure the proper training of police personnel, moderators, and jurors.
  • B.The commanding officer, Youth Investigations Division, will appoint a detective as the Area Special Victims Investigations Community Network Officer (CNO).
  • C.District Commanders will:
    • 1.ensure that appropriate funding is made available to support the operations of the Peer Jury Program in accordance with the annual guidelines supplied by the Community Relations Division governing the use of the District Advisory Committee allocation.
    • 2.approve the selection of any community-service-work sites.
    • 3.appoint moderators with input from the District Advisory Committee.
    • 4.exclude from program participation any prospective moderator who has:
      • a.a felony conviction.
      • b.a history of sexual misconduct.
      • c.a conviction for a misdemeanor involving a crime of violence, a crime against a child or children, or a weapons violation.
      • d.any present gang affiliation.
    • 5.ensure the Peer Jury Program is a component of the District Advisory Committee (DAC) Youth Subcommittee.
  • D.The district community relations sergeants will:
    • 1.ensure that a copy of the Peer Jury Manual is maintained in the community relations office and that district personnel and moderators associated with the Peer Jury Program follow the guidelines established therein.
    • 2.evaluate the background of moderators and recommend candidates to the district commander for appointment.
    • 3.review or assign a designee to review applications and conduct interviews for the appointment of prospective moderators to Peer Jury Program positions.
    • 4.ensure that a request for an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) check for prospective moderators is forwarded to the respective Area SVU Community Network Officer (CNO).
    • 5.determine the specific duties and day-to-day peer jury assignments of district community relations office personnel and Peer Jury Program moderators.
    • 6.ensure that, with the approval of the district commander, adequate space is made available for peer jury hearings held in district stations and other appropriate locations.
    • 7.ensure that files and paperwork associated with the peer jury are kept confidential, secured, and made available only to the personnel who require the records for peer jury activities.
  • E.The peer jury liaison officer will be a police officer assigned to the district community relations office and will:
    • 1.be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of peer jury activities as determined by the community relations sergeant.
    • 2.ensure that moderators adhere to the Program guidelines.
    • 3.identify, interview, and appoint youth volunteers to serve as peer jury members.
    • 4.ensure that all peer jurors sign the Peer Jury Confidentiality Agreement (CPD-24.461).
      NOTE:
      Any volunteer who refuses to sign the Peer Jury Confidentiality Agreement will not be allowed to participate in the Peer Jury Program.
    • 5.coordinate the recruitment, appointment, and supervision of civilian moderators.
    • 6.assist in training peer jury volunteers.
    • 7.ensure that prospective moderators complete the Peer Jury Program Moderator Application (CPD-24.463).
    • 8.conduct background investigations of prospective moderators, including a name check.
    • 9.ensure that the result of a name check is forwarded to the community relations sergeant for evaluation.
    • 10.ensure that a Peer Jury Program Victim Notification Letter (CPD-24.467) is mailed to an adult victim whose case has been sent to a peer jury.
    • 11.ensure that a Peer Jury Program Juvenile Victim Notification Letter is mailed to the parent or legal guardian of a minor victim whose case has been sent to a peer jury.
    • 12.ensure that peer jury records are purged six months after sanctions imposed by the peer jury are complete.
    • 13.assist in identifying and maintaining a list of organizations and agencies that have agreed to serve as community-service-work sites and are willing to oversee juveniles assigned to community service.
    • 14.inspect community-service-work sites at least once every six months.
    • 15.ensure that required documentation is mailed or faxed to every community organization that agrees to serve as a community-service-work site.
    • 16.coordinate the scheduling of peer jury sessions and offender referrals with the Area Special Victims Investigations.
    • 17.identify sites, plan and organize space for peer jury hearings.
    • 18.ensure that all visitors to peer jury activities sign a Peer Jury Confidentiality Agreement.
      NOTE:
      Any visitor who does not sign a Peer Jury Confidentiality Agreement will not be allowed to view or participate in any peer jury activity.
    • 19.attend peer jury hearings when directed by the district community relations sergeant.
    • 20.ensure that a Peer Jury Court Activity Sheet (CPD-24.469) is completed for each peer jury hearing and forwarded to the commanding officer, Youth Investigations Division.
  • F.Detectives assigned to Area Special Victims Investigations or the Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) will:
    • 1.follow the procedures for processing a juvenile offender outlined in the Department directive entitled “Processing of Juvenile and Minors Under Department Control” and "Juvenile Intervention and Support Center."
    • 2.after establishing that a Formal Station Adjustment (CPD-24.136) is an appropriate disposition (705 ILCS 405/5-301), follow the instructions consistent with the responsibilities enumerated in the Department directives entitled “Processing of Juveniles and Minors Under Department Control," and "Printable and Non-Printable Offense Procedures."
    • 3.when considering it appropriate and beneficial, refer cases to the peer jury only if all of the following conditions apply:
      • a.the juvenile is a first- or second-time offender.
      • b.the crime is a misdemeanor or lesser offense.
      • c.the offense is considered less serious. Typical offenses include, but are not limited to, assault, simple battery, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, graffiti, shoplifting, trespassing, theft, vandalism, or a similar crime classified as a misdemeanor or lesser offense.
      • d.the offender has admitted guilt.
      • e.the offender and parent or legal guardian have agreed to attend scheduled peer jury hearings and abide by the decision of the peer jury.
    • 4.schedule the initial peer jury hearing.
    • 5.when a subsequent arrest contact occurs, refer the juvenile to court if the conditions of the earlier station adjustment have been violated.
    • 6.attend peer jury hearings when directed by an Area Special Victims Investigations supervisor.
  • G.The Special Victims Investigations Community Network Officer will:
    • 1.forward a copy of all Formal Station Adjustments designating a peer jury to the respective district community relations office.
    • 2.coordinate peer jury cases and submit the case-load and other pertinent documents to the district community relations office for the upcoming police period.
    • 3.provide peer jury disposition records to the appropriate district commander and the Community Network Officer.
    • 4.attend the peer jury hearing and present the case to the peer jury.
    • 5.track the performance of offenders sent to community service or counseling and notify the parents or adult guardians of juveniles found to be noncompliant with the sanctions imposed by the peer jury.
    • 6.refer cases to juvenile court, when deemed appropriate, for offenders who fail to attend peer jury hearings or who do not comply with the sanctions imposed by the peer jury.
    • 7.in collaboration with district community relations office personnel and moderators, identify youth volunteers to serve as peer jurors and community agencies and organizations to act as community-service-work sites.
    • 8.complete a background investigation for all youth peer jury volunteers, including a computer name check query.
    • 9.conduct DCFS background checks of moderators.
    • 10.consider the following factors as reasonable cause for exclusion from participation in the Peer Jury Program:
      • a.any present gang affiliation.
      • b.an arrest within the previous six-month period.
    • 11.compile and maintain the Special Victims Investigations Social Services Referral List (an index of agencies and organizations that are licensed by the State to conduct juvenile counseling or have a proven record of trust in the community) to act as community-service-work sites.
    • 12.report the rate of recidivism to the Area Special Victims Investigations area commanding officer for juveniles whose cases have been sent to the Peer Jury Program.
    • 13.ensure that peer jury dispositions are entered into the CHRIS Juvenile Disposition Maintenance screen.
  • H.Moderators
    • 1.Peer jury moderators are recruited from local communities. Moderators will be appointed for each Peer Jury Program by the district commander.
    • 2.Moderators will:
      • a.serve at the direction of the peer jury liaison officer.
      • b.complete the Peer Jury Program Moderator Application and submit to a background investigation.
      • c.ensure the Peer Jury Work Assignment and Placement (CPD-24.464) form is completed.
      • d.ensure the Peer Jury Program Offender Performance Release form is completed.
  • I.Background Investigations
    • 1.Background investigations and appointment consideration for prospective peer jurors will be based on the following criteria:
      • a.an interview.
      • b.completion of the Peer Jury Program Juror Application.
      • c.completion of the Peer Jury Confidentiality Agreement.
      • d.completion of the Peer Jury Program Parent/Guardian Consent (CPD-24.462).
      • e.completion of a computer name check query.
    • 2.Background investigations and appointment consideration for prospective moderators will be based on the following criteria:
      • a.an interview.
      • b.completion of the Peer Jury Program Moderator Application.
      • c.a computer name check query.
      • d.a DCFS check.
  • J.Records Retention
    • 1.Records pertaining to a juvenile offender whose case has been sent to a peer jury for adjudication will be maintained and secured in the district community relations office for a period of six months after sanctions imposed by the peer jury have been completed. Access to records will be limited to only those Department members and civilian volunteers who require access for peer jury activities.
    • 2.Records pertaining to a peer juror will be maintained and secured in the district community relations office for a period of one year after service has been completed. Access to records will be limited to only those Department members and civilian volunteers who require access for peer jury activities.
    • 3.Records pertaining to moderators will be maintained in the district community relations office for a period of one year after service has been completed.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised)
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
15-084 MWK/RWN