Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U04-02-08
Department Approved Shotguns
Issue Date:14 June 2012Effective Date:14 June 2012
Rescinds:04-02 version dated 24 July 2007
Index Category:Uniform and Personal Equipment
This directive outlines policy relative to Department-approved shotguns.
  • A.Shotgun Authorization
    • 1.Authorization for a sworn member to arm himself with a Department-owned shotgun will be given by the station supervisor or unit commanding officer.
    • 2.In an extreme emergency situation, a shotgun-certified sworn member may be issued a Department-owned 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 shotgun is issued from the special equipment vehicle, the Equipment Control Log-Special Equipment Vehicle (CPD-23.175) procedures will be followed.
    • 3.Procedures
      • a.District/unit commanders will designate a location in the police facility for the loading and unloading of shotguns. This location will be provided with a ballistic clearing station.
      • b.When a 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 shotgun shell will not be chambered when the officer is transporting a shotgun inside of a vehicle.
      • c.When transporting a shotgun in a Department vehicle other than the special equipment vehicle, only those members who are certified in the use of special weapons and not operating the vehicle can retain physical control of the weapon.
      • d.Shotguns will not be secured in vehicle gunlocks designated for carbines.
      • e.Both the Department shotgun (with its action open) and its ammunition will be issued and returned to the supervisor in charge of weapons storage or their designee.
      • f.The officer who has been issued a shotgun will be responsible for its security and proper care.
      • g.The supervisor in charge of weapons storage will be informed whenever a shotgun is fired, damaged, or malfunctions. This notification does not relieve the responsible officer from following existing procedures relative to weapon discharge incidents.
      • h.When a Department shotgun is lost or stolen while issued to a member, the member’s immediate supervisor will be responsible for:
        • (1)notifying the unit supervisor in charge of weapons storage.
        • (2)ensuring that all appropriate reports are submitted, with one copy forwarded to the Firearms Training Unit, Education and Training Division.
  • B.Shotgun Storage and Issuance
    • 1.Department-owned shotguns will be stored in the following locations:
      • a.Each police district.
      • b.Each Bureau of Detectives area center.
      • c.Narcotics Division, Gang Enforcement Division, and Gang Investigation Division.
      • d.Education and Training Division.
      • e.Government Security Detail.
      • f.Airport Law Enforcement Section.
      • g.Special weapons vehicle (a truck that contains specialized SWAT equipment and weapons).
      • h.Special Operations Response Team (SORT) vehicle.
      • i.The Chicago Police Marine Unit Safety Station and in secure safes aboard certain marine vessels.
    • 2.Department-owned shotguns will be issued only to those members of the above listed units who are shotgun certified.
    • 3.District or unit commanding officers will be responsible for ensuring that 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 shotguns assigned to the unit are accounted for at the beginning and end of the tour of duty.
      • b.the appropriate number of shotgun shells are issued with each shotgun.
      • c.a reserve supply of ammunition is maintained.
      • d.each shotgun is checked by a shotgun-certified member before being stored to ensure that the shotgun is unloaded and in a serviceable condition.
      • e.all shotguns, ammunition, and related equipment are secured and locked when not in use and the keys are readily available.
      • f.a Personal Radio / Handcuff / Shotgun Log (CPD-21.919) is prepared to record the issuance and receipt of shotguns and ammunition. The weapon’s serial number or attached numerical tag will be recorded and the receiving officer will sign the Personal Radio / Handcuff / Shotgun Log upon issuance and return of the shotgun.
      • g.the Personal Radio / Handcuff / Shotgun 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.Shotguns which 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.District/unit commanding officers of exempt rank will establish schedules which will ensure that shotguns are cleaned and oiled by a shotgun-certified member at least once each police period or whenever discharged. A supply of cleaning equipment will be provided and maintained at each designated unit.
  • C.The Firearms Training Unit, Education and Training Division, will:
    • 1.Inspect all shotguns on a routine basis.
    • 2.provide replacement shotguns when available for unit shotguns that are stolen, lost, or under repair.
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
10-072 JAB