Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U04-02-08
Department Approved Lethal Shotguns
Issue Date:08 March 2019Effective Date:08 March 2019
Rescinds:14 June 2012 version
Index Category:Uniform and Personal Equipment
This directive:
  • A.outlines policy relative to Department-approved lethal shotguns.
  • B.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standard Chapter 1.
  • A.Lethal-Shotgun Authorization
    • 1.Authorization for a lethal-shotgun-certified member to deploy with a Department-owned-lethal shotgun will be given by the unit commanding officer.
    • 2.In an emergency situation, a lethal-shotgun-certified member may be issued a Department-owned lethal shotgun from the special equipment vehicle (SWAT truck) with the authorization from a lieutenant or a higher-ranking member in charge at the scene. When a Department lethal shotgun is issued from the special equipment vehicle, a Personal Equipment Log (CPD-21.919) will be prepared.
  • B.Procedures
    • a.Unit commanding officers will designate a location in the police facility for the loading and unloading of lethal shotguns. This location will be provided with a ballistic clearing station.
    • b.When equipped, Department members will utilize a sling whenever carrying a lethal shotgun.
    • c.Department members will make every reasonable effort to avoid making physical contact with an offender while carrying a lethal shotgun. Department members carrying a lethal shotgun will act in a cover-officer capacity whenever possible.
    • d.When a lethal shotgun shell is chambered, the safety will remain in the “on” position and the finger off the trigger until the operator has made the decision to fire.
      A lethal shotgun shell will not be chambered when a Department member is transporting a lethal shotgun inside of a vehicle.
    • e.Department members issued a Department lethal shotgun are responsible for securing their duty lethal shotguns at home in the same manner as their duty handguns and are required to exercise sound judgement and caution to prevent unauthorized access to firearms. The Department member who has been issued a lethal shotgun will be responsible for its security and proper care as delineated in the Department directive entitled "Department Approved Weapons and Ammunition."
    • f.Both the Department lethal shotgun (with its action open) and its ammunition will be issued and returned to the supervisor in charge of weapons storage or their designee when the lethal shotgun is being issued and stored from a Department facility.
    • g.The supervisor in charge of weapons storage will be informed whenever a lethal shotgun is fired, damaged, or malfunctions. This notification does not relieve the responsible Department member from following existing procedures relative to firearms discharge incidents as delineated in the Department directive entitled "Firearms Discharge Incidents Involving Sworn Members."
    • h.When a Department lethal shotgun is lost or stolen while issued to a member, Department members will follow the procedures delineated in the Department directive entitled "Department Approved Weapons and Ammunition."
  • C.Department Vehicle Storage and Lethal-Shotgun Accessibility
    • 1.When transporting a lethal shotgun in a Department vehicle other than the special equipment vehicle or a Special Operations Response Team (SORT) vehicle, only those members who are certified in the use of lethal shotguns and not operating the vehicle can retain physical control of the weapon. The lethal shotgun operator will be assigned to a two-person (10-4) unit and seated in the front passenger compartment of the vehicle with the lethal shotgun muzzle pointed towards the floorboard. A lethal shotgun may be transported in a Department vehicle's trunk when the firearm is being transported for training or maintenance.
      Department members assigned to SWAT may transport a lethal shotgun in the trunk of their assigned Department vehicle while in the performance of their duties.
    • 2.Department members transporting a lethal shotgun to and from duty assignments are responsible for its security. Department members are prohibited from leaving a lethal shotgun unattended in their personal or assigned Department vehicle.
    • 3.Lethal shotguns will not be secured in vehicle gunlocks designated for carbines.
  • D.Lethal-Shotgun Storage and Issuance
    • 1.Department-owned-lethal shotguns will be stored in the following locations:
      • a.each Bureau of Detectives area;
      • b.Narcotics Division and Gang Investigation Division;
      • c.Education and Training Division;
      • d.SWAT unit;
      • e.SWAT firearms training range;
      • f.Special weapons vehicle (a truck that contains specialized SWAT equipment and weapons); and
      • g.Special Operations Response Team (SORT) vehicle.
    • 2.Department-owned-lethal shotguns will be issued only to those members of the above - listed units who are lethal - shotgun certified.
    • 3.Unit commanding officers will be responsible for ensuring that lethal shotguns are stored unloaded and locked in the racks provided.
    • 4.The supervisor in charge of weapons storage on each watch will ensure that:
      • a.all lethal shotguns stored in the unit are accounted for at the beginning and end of the tour of duty.
      • b.the appropriate number of lethal shotgun shells are issued with each lethal shotgun.
      • c.a reserve supply of ammunition is maintained.
      • d.each lethal shotgun is checked by a lethal-shotgun-certified member before being stored to ensure that the lethal shotgun is unloaded and in a serviceable condition.
      • e.all lethal shotguns, ammunition, and related equipment are secured and locked when not in use and the keys are readily available.
      • f.a Personal Equipment Log (CPD-21.919) is prepared to record the issuance and receipt of lethal shotguns and ammunition. The weapon’s serial number or attached numerical tag will be recorded and the receiving member will sign the Personal Equipment Log upon issuance and return of the lethal shotgun.
      • g.the Personal Equipment Log is forwarded to the unit secretary for filing in accordance with the existing records-retention requirements.
      • h.arrangements are made with the Firearms Training Unit, Education and Training Division, for the replacement of expended or damaged ammunition.
    • 5.Lethal shotguns that malfunction or are damaged during use will be immediately taken out of service and brought to the attention of the unit commanding officer and the Firearms Training Unit, Education and Training Division. Unit commanding officers will initiate an investigation into the cause of the malfunction or damage and take appropriate action.
    • 6.Unit commanding officers of exempt rank will establish schedules that will ensure that lethal shotguns are cleaned and oiled by a lethal-shotgun-certified member quarterly or whenever discharged. A supply of cleaning equipment will be provided and maintained at each designated unit.
  • E.The Firearms Training Unit, Education and Training Division, will provide replacement lethal shotguns when available for unit lethal shotguns that are stolen, lost, or under repair.
  • F.Department members assigned to SWAT and the Enhanced Weapons Training Program will follow the provisions for lethal-shotgun use in accordance with any applicable bureau-level directives/standard operating procedures, training, and this directive.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised.)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
15-192 RCL