Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-03-11
Protection of Department Members
Issue Date:25 August 2016Effective Date:25 August 2016
Rescinds:25 January 2013 Version
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
  • A.This directive establishes:
    • 1.a standardized protocol for the Department to use as a guideline whenever a Department member has been the target of retaliation by way of intimidation, in response to the member’s performance of law enforcement duties.
    • 2.a continuum of support, communication, and reporting whenever any Department member becomes aware of an act of retaliation, by way of intimidation, taken against any Department member.
    • 3.a mandatory review protocol for acts of retaliation by way of intimidation against police officers and the appropriate level of response including criminal charges.
    • 4.a threat assessment and protective measure protocol for officer-involved shootings and/or law-enforcement-related deaths.
  • B.Department members will refer to the Special Order on “Preliminary Investigations” for additional procedural direction and the Deployment Operations Center's current Informational Bulletin(s) (see Attachment No. 1) (see Attachment No. 2) on social networking security measures.
II.Retaliation Defined
  • A.For the purpose of this directive, an act of retaliation by way of intimidation is any action of a damaging or threatening nature taken against a Department member directly or indirectly in response to the member’s performance of official law enforcement duties.
  • B.An act of retaliation:
    • 1.may take the form of physical conduct, oral or written communication, or communication through the internet, social networking sites, or any other electronic media.
    • 2.is intended to cause harm such as, but not limited to, mental distress, interference with the member’s domestic life, or injury to the member’s financial well-being, credit standing, employment status, reputation, or good name.
    • 3.taken against the Department member’s immediate family will be treated as if the act was taken against the Department member.
III.Responsibilities
  • A.Department Discovery Incidents
    • 1.When a serious threat to the safety and security of a Department member or the member's immediate family is discovered prior to the affected member's knowledge of the threat, the discovering member will:
      • a.immediately notify any supervisor of:
        • (1)the identity of the affected officer; and
        • (2)the facts surrounding the allegation.
      • b.conduct a preliminary investigation in accordance with the Department directive entitled "Preliminary Investigations."
      • c.complete a preliminary case report following the procedures delineated in the Department directive entitled "Department Reports and Letters of Clearance." When no other case report applies according to the hierarchy schedule, the reporting member will use:
        • (1)Intimidation in the primary classification box, and Intimidation of a Law Enforcement Official (I-UCR code 3961) as the secondary classification for incidents involving allegations of criminal conduct; or
        • (2)Intimidation in the primary classification box, and Law Enforcement Official: Noncriminal Offense (I-UCR offense code 3962) as the secondary classification for incidents involving allegations of a noncriminal nature.
      • d.ensure all required or appropriate notifications to investigative/command units have been entered in the appropriate "Notifications" field of the case report.
      • e.submit the case report and any related document(s) to his/her immediate supervisor.
    • 2.The supervisor will:
      • a.promptly notify the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) by telephone, providing all available information pertaining to the threat and a summary of police action taken.
      • b.review all completed report(s) and, if appropriate, approve the report(s).
      • c.notify the station supervisor or appropriate unit supervisor of the approved report(s).
      • d.ensure:
        • (1)that any other appropriate notifications have been made.
        • (2)that any immediate safety concerns of the affected member are immediately addressed.
    • 3.The station supervisor or appropriate unit supervisor will:
      • a.notify:
        • (1)the first-level exempt commanding officer of the affected member's unit of assignment; and
        • (2)when necessary, the station supervisor of the affected member's district of residence.
      • b.forward a copy of the case report and related documents to the district commander of the affected officer's district of residence and the following entities via facsimile message:
        • (1)the station supervisor of the affected member’s district of residence, when appropriate;
        • (2)CPIC; and
        • (3)the watch supervisor of the appropriate Bureau of Detectives area.
      • c.contact the Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) and provide sufficient information to ensure that the necessary field units are aware of the affected officer’s residential address or any other relevant information.
        NOTE:
        At no time will this information be dispatched via radio communication unless an emergency situation exists. The affected member's residential address will only be provided in secure communication not accessible to the public.
    • 4.The first-line exempt commanding officer of the affected member's unit of assignment will:
      • a.immediately notify the affected member of the alleged threat.
      • b.enact security remedies depending on the seriousness and viability of the threat, such as, but not limited to:
        • (1)assigning a unit as a security detail to the affected member’s residence, either marked unit or covert officer.
        • (2)a Special Attention in the immediate area surrounding the member’s residence.
        • (3)providing the officer with a take-home radio.
      • c.provide CPIC with any additional information including any safety measures enacted.
      • d.ensure an immediate preliminary investigation has been initiated.
      • e.ensure a Deployment Operations Center (DOC) supervisor has informed the affected member of appropriate social networking safety and reviewed with the affected member the Deployment Operations Center's current Informational Bulletin(s).
      • f.ensure the appropriate Department assistance and support services are offered to the affected member and the member's immediate family (e.g., Peer Support, EAP, Professional Counseling Services).
    • 5.Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) supervisor will:
      • a.assign a DOC member to review Deployment Operations Center's current Informational Bulletin(s) for social networking security measures with the affected member.
      • b. coordinate with the affected member to perform a threat assessment.
      • c.monitor open source communications and social media sites to identify threats to the affected member or the member's immediate family.
      • d.ensure threat assessment information is provided to the first-line exempt commanding officer and the affected officer.
  • B.Member Discovery Incidents
    • 1. The affected member will immediately notify any supervisor of the facts surrounding the incident when:
      • a.a serious threat to the safety and security of a Department member or the member's immediate family; or
      • b.a law enforcement related event causes a media presence and/or protests outside of a member's residence or a member's immediate family's residence.
    • 2.The supervisor will:
      • a.notify the station supervisor or appropriate unit supervisor of the unit of assignment of the affected member.
      • b.assign a Department member to conduct a preliminary investigation in accordance with the Department directive entitled "Preliminary Investigations".
      • c.ensure the reporting officer completes a preliminary case report in accordance with Item III-A-1-c of this directive.
    • 3.The station supervisor or appropriate unit supervisor of the affected member's unit of assignment will:
      • a.notify:
        • (1)the first-line exempt commanding officer of the affected member's unit of assignment; and
        • (2)when appropriate, the station supervisor of the affected member's district of residence.
      • b.forward a copy of the case report and related documents to the district commander of the affected officer's district of residence and the following entities via facsimile message:
        • (1)the station supervisor of the affected member’s district of residence, when appropriate;
        • (2)CPIC; and
        • (3)the watch supervisor of the appropriate Bureau of Detectives area.
      • c.contact OEMC and provide sufficient information to ensure that the necessary field units are aware of the affected officer’s residential address or any other relevant information.
    • 4.The first-line exempt commanding officer of the affected member's unit of assignment will:
      • a.enact security remedies depending on the seriousness and viability of the threat, such as, but not limited to:
        • (1)assigning a unit as a security detail to the affected member’s residence, either marked unit or covert officer.
        • (2)a Special Attention in the immediate area surrounding the member’s residence.
        • (3)providing the officer with a take-home radio.
      • b.ensure an immediate preliminary investigation has been initiated.
      • c.provide CPIC with any additional information including any safety measures enacted.
      • d.ensure a DOC supervisor has informed the affected member of appropriate social networking safety and reviewed with the affected member the Deployment Operations Center's current Informational Bulletin(s).
      • e.ensure the appropriate Department assistance and support services are offered to the affected member and the member's family (e.g., Peer Support, EAP, Professional Counseling Services).
    • 5.Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) supervisor will:
      • a.assign a DOC member to review Deployment Operations Center's current Informational Bulletin(s) for social networking security measures with the affected member.
      • b.coordinate with the affected member to perform a threat assessment.
      • c.monitor open source communications and social media sites to identify threats to the affected member or the member's immediate family.
      • d.ensure threat assessment information is provided to the first-line exempt commanding officer and the affected officer.
  • C.Threat Assessment and Protective Measures for An Officer-Involved Shooting and/or Law-Enforcement-Related Death
    • 1.The assigned supervisor will:
      • a. promptly notify the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) by telephone, providing all available information pertaining to the incident and a summary of police action taken.
      • b.follow the procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Firearm Discharge Incidents Involving Sworn Members," or other applicable Department directive.
      • c.ensure:
        • (1) any other appropriate notifications have been made.
        • (2)any immediate safety concerns of the affected member are immediately addressed.
        • (3)provisions under Traumatic Incident Stress Management Program are followed, in accordance with procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Traumatic Incident Stress Management Program."
        • (4)the CPIC Social Media Section is notified.
    • 2.Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) supervisor will:
      • a.assign a DOC member to review Deployment Operations Center's current Informational Bulletin(s) for social networking security measures with the affected member.
      • b.coordinate with the affected member to perform a threat assessment.
      • c.monitor open source communications and social media sites to identify threats to the affected member or the member's immediate family.
      • d.ensure threat assessment information is provided to the first-line exempt commanding officer and the affected officer.
IV.Follow-Up Investigation Responsibilities
  • A.The detective(s) assigned to conduct a follow-up investigation will:
    • 1.immediately respond to the location to conduct an on-scene interview.
    • 2.conduct a thorough follow-up investigation.
    • 3.maintain open communication with:
      • a. the affected officer;
      • b.the station supervisor of the district of occurrence;
      • c.the affected member's first-line exempt commanding officer; and
      • d.CPIC.
    • 4.consult with the Cook County State’s Attorney Felony Review Unit regarding appropriate charges when an arrest is made.
  • B.The watch supervisor of the Bureau of Detectives will, upon the initial telephone notification:
    • 1.conduct a threat analysis in conjunction with the Deployment Operations Center; and
    • 2.forward security measure suggestions to the affected officer’s first-line exempt commanding officer.
  • C.Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) commander will ensure:
    • 1.a DOC member has reviewed Deployment Operations Center's current Informational Bulletin(s) for social networking security measures with the affected member.
    • 2.CPIC monitors open source communications and social media sites to identify threats to the Department and/or the affected member or the members's immediate family.
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
16-022 KT