Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S10-01
Exceptional Response Plan
Issue Date:07 August 2014Effective Date:07 August 2014
Index Category:Gang and Narcotic Abatement
This directive introduces:
  • A.the Exceptional Response Plan (ERP).
  • B.the Exceptional Response Plan Checklist (CPD-21.616) which outlines unit-level responsibilities for implementation of the plan. The checklist is available for use as a guideline, but is not required for reporting purposes.
    All ERP activity reporting will be done in the Mission Activity application in CLEAR.
  • A.An intra-departmental rapid response strategy, the ERP immediately mobilizes focused anti-violence interventions and enforcement action when multiple violent incidents occur within a short period of time in a geographically defined area. The ERP will be used when other anti-violence strategies have been used but are not sufficient to restore peace to the area.
  • B.The District Commander in the district in which an ERP is called carries the main responsibility for coordinating the ERP. When appropriate, the ERP operates in conjunction with the longer term interventions of the Gang Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS).
    The plan will be in effect for 72 hours, at which time it will be evaluated for termination or further implementation by the Chief, Bureau of Patrol
  • C.The command of the Chicago Police Department is organized to ensure appropriate response to any incident. The Exceptional Response Plan (ERP) is established to respond to a series of critical incidents where neutrality and decisiveness are required to ensure that the most appropriate and timely resources are utilized to contain the situation.
  • D.The Exceptional Response Plan (ERP) operates with the authority of the Superintendent of Police or the First Deputy Superintendent and will be initiated by the Chief, Bureau of Patrol. The criteria for instituting an ERP will consist of a variety of factors, including similar types of crimes in close proximity, retaliatory events (actual or anticipated), gang violence, gun violence, or any other multiple violent events occurring in a short time span that have the potential for escalation.
  • E.A Department-implemented collaboration with specific responsibilities will commence immediately after an ERP is initiated. The ERP is comprised of multiple components including information gathering and sharing, crime analysis, dissemination of intelligence, linking a series of incidents to gangs and their factions, social network mapping, and a variety of mission-specific operations focused on targeting and resolving multiple incidents.
  • F.The ERP actively promotes inter-bureau efforts, which work in a concerted manner to develop information and intelligence to resolve multiple violent incidents and prevent retaliation. It is expected that the intelligence collected and disseminated will be used proactively to prevent conflict escalations and their associated retaliations.
  • A.All units participating in the ERP
    All units, both district and non-district participating in the ERP will:
    • 1.check-in at the ERP command post with a roster listing personnel assigned to the ERP.
    • given a one-page synopsis of the conflict, its main players, and a map of the area of conflict.
    • 3.upon request for felony charges, inform the State's Attorney that the arrest occurred during the implementation of an ERP.
    • 4.check-off at the ERP command post at end of the tour of duty and enter all activity into the CLEAR Mission Activity application.
  • B.The Bureau of Patrol
    • 1.The Chief, Bureau of Patrol, will:
      • a.make the decision to implement the Exceptional Response Plan;
      • b.consult with the the Chief, Bureau of Detectives, Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime, the commander(s) of the affected district(s), and any other representatives deemed necessary to discuss intelligence, review the plan, and make adjustments as necessary.
      • c.notify the State's Attorney's Felony Review Office whenever an ERP is implemented.
      • d.make the decision to terminate or extend the ERP after 72 hours. If extended, notify affected command staff.
      • with the affected district commander and ensure the following programs are used, when appropriate, after the implementation of the ERP:
        • (1)Custom Notifications.
        • (2)Violence Reduction Strategy gang call in.
    • 2.The affected area deputy chiefs will:
      • a.assign at least one of their Area Teams to assist at the location identified in the plan;
      • b.conduct an assessment of resources assigned to the plan and deploy them in the most effective manner to serve as a support function in the location of the incidents;
      • c.prepare a daily report of all enforcement activity taken during the previous day in the geographic area comprising the plan.
    • 3.The Chief, Special Functions Division:
      • a.will assign at least one Special Operations Response Team (SORT);
      • b.will assign Traffic Section personnel to conduct enforcement missions and DUI checkpoints;
      • c.will assign Troubled Buildings Unit personnel to conduct special missions;
      • d.may assign Canine units;
      • e.may request helicopter missions.
    • 4.District commanders will:
      • a.ensure that a multifaceted response is conducted within their district(s), incorporating beat integrity, information gathered from the district intelligence officer, related gang conflict intelligence from the CPIC, potential gang retaliations, and any other relevant information;
      • b.establish an ERP command post to be manned 24-hours a day by district personnel.
      • c.request assistance of appropriate state and/or federal partners.
      • d.ensure targeted vehicle enforcement missions are conducted focusing on impounding vehicles for the following offenses:
        • (1)assault weapons or narcotics in the vehicle;
        • (2)a revoked or suspended driver's license;
        • (3)loud music coming from a vehicle;
        • (4)possession of spray paint by a minor in the vehicle;
        • (5)a false temporary registration permit;
        • (6)solicitation of a prostitute from a vehicle;
        • (7)possession of an altered disability parking placard;
        • (8)fireworks in the vehicle;
        • (9)fleeing a police vehicle; and
        • (10)any other appropriate ordinance that allows impounding a vehicle.
      • e.incorporate the GVRS where appropriate ensuring that I-Bonds are not issued for verified gang members, consistent with the Department directive entitled "Gang Violence Reduction Strategy";
      • f.when appropriate, implement the Targeted Repeat Offender Apprehension and Prosecution (TRAP) Program in coordination with the Cook County State's Attorney as outlined in the the GVRS.
      • g.consult with the Commander, Narcotics Division, relative to the use of a Narcotics Division team as support within the district. The BOP may also organize a Cook County Gang Intervention Probation Program (GIPP) check where appropriate.
      • h.ensure that district station supervisors, other supervisors, and district members are briefed relative to the intelligence and enforcement missions/areas.
      • with the Chief, Bureau of Patrol, to ensure that the following GVRS programs are used, when appropriate, after the implantation of the ERP:
        • (1)Custom Notifications;
        • (2)Violence Reduction Strategy gang call-in.
  • C.The Office of the Superintendent
    The Chief, Office of Crime Control Strategies will ensure that the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) / Deployment Operations Center (DOC):
    • 1.prepares an analysis of the related shootings and murders;
    • 2.monitors cameras in the affected areas;
    • 3.monitors open-source media for intelligence related to the violence;
    • 4.disseminates Gang Faction Profiles on gangs identified as involved in the violence;
    • 5.coordinates information with the Gang Enforcement Teams;
    • 6.ensures that notifications from the field are disseminated in a timely manner;
    • 7.provides intelligence through the Daily Intelligence Bulletin (DIBS);
    • 8.where appropriate, issues PDT messages, Information bulletins, and Officer Safety Bulletins; and
    • 9.when Chicago Public School (CPS) students are involved, ensures that the daily briefing call with CPS addresses the violence and ensures the proper deployment of personnel.
  • D.The Bureau of Organized Crime
    • 1.The Commander, Gang Investigation Division, will ensure:
      • a.teams assigned to the ERP geographical area during normal duty hours will respond:
        • (1)to assist the appropriate Bureau of Detectives personnel with gang-related murder and shooting investigations; and
        • (2)to conduct complex mid-and-long-term investigations targeting hierarchal criminal gang organizations and gang leaders.
      • b.the following sections are used for a successful resolution when an ERP is called:
        • (1)Chicago Anti-Gun Enforcement Team (CAGE) Team;
        • (2)Intelligence Section;
        • (3)Joint Gang Task Force Section. Members assigned to federal task forces will ascertain if there is any information from confidential sources which may be of assistance in determining the parties involved in the violence. They will make inquiries relative to possible retaliatory violence and will disseminate this information to CPIC through the Gang Investigation Division's chain of command.
    • 2.The Commander, Vice and Asset Forfeiture Division, will ensure:
      • a.members of the License Investigation Unit respond to and investigate all ERP-related incidents in or near liquor establishments and other licensed premises and take appropriate enforcement action. If a structure and or licensed premise is directly related to the violence, the Vice Section will consult with the Troubled Buildings Unit, Special Functions Division, and will use the Building Address Database Dashboard to research issues at the property and take appropriate enforcement action.
      • b.members of the Prostitution Unit concentrate on prostitution occurring directly on the street or in establishments such as bars and social clubs at or near the scenes of the multiple incidents. Additionally, they will focus on developing intelligence based on information gathered from debriefing arrestees.
    • 3.The Commander, Gang Enforcement Division, will ensure members assigned to the ERP geographical area during normal duty hours will respond:
      • monitor social media sources with the goal of garnering real-time gang intelligence and preventing retaliatory gang-related violence;
        If critical gang intelligence is gathered, notify the CPIC for further evaluation and distribution to the district commander implementing the ERP. If the nature of the intelligence requires immediacy, the intelligence will be broadcast over the appropriate radio zone.
      • assist district personnel in their investigations;
      • determine the most likely locations for retaliatory violence;
      • assist in conducting all necessary GVRS enforcement;
      • seek out witnesses and interview victims;
      • conduct aggressive patrol and violence-suppression missions in areas where gang conflict exists;
      • g.if appropriate, to conduct joint missions with outside agencies, including the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Corrections, and the Cook County Probation Department when an ERP is initiated;
      • cover high-risk, gang-related funerals that involve active gang investigations, high-ranking gang leaders, or present a high probability of retaliation;
      • post-school-related gang violence investigations. The Gang School Safety Teams (GSST) will conduct interventions and will gather intelligence related to the gang conflict from all available sources. If GSST officers gather critical gang intelligence, they will notify the CPIC for distribution to the district commander(s) whose borders are affected by the intelligence.
      • ensure that parolee compliance checks are completed where appropriate after the implementation of the ERP.
    • 4.The Commander, Narcotics Division, will:
      • a.coordinate and confer with the affected district commanders to identify narcotics-related components of the ERP and ensure that the appropriate enforcement initiatives are implemented;
        The Narcotics Division supervisor assigned to a specific district will confer with district personnel in order to discuss and evaluate narcotics-related issues affecting the ERP along with general narcotics crime conditions that may have contributed to an escalation in the violence. The Narcotics Division supervisor will then coordinate with the Narcotics Division commanding officer for the affected area in order to ensure that the appropriate response is implemented.
      • b.ensure the following programs are used when appropriate after the implementation of the ERP:
        • (1)search warrant missions;
        • (2)buy-bust operations; and
        • (3)short term narcotics investigations.
      • c.confer with with the district commander responsible for the ERP when changing deployment locations.
  • E.The Bureau of Detectives
    The Chief, Bureau of Detectives, will ensure the following protocol as part of the ERP Department-wide plan:
    • 1.The Fugitive Apprehension Unit will immediately deploy all available resources to the affected district(s) focusing on all active investigative alerts and warrants, and will coordinate activity with the U.S. Marshals Service.
    • 2.Positive debriefings will be sought from arrestees in reference to the shootings in the ERP district(s).
    • 3.Area Violent Crimes detectives will be embedded within the affected district(s) during the 2nd and 3rd watches and be responsible for debriefing appropriate arrestees, updating members at roll calls, and immediately responding to any subsequent shootings that occur within the district(s).
    • 4.Area Bureau of Detectives supervisors will provide a brief synopsis of each shooting and provide an opinion as to whether the shooting is related to the current conflict/trend or is a separate unrelated shooting. As soon as reasonable determinations can be made, the synopsis will be sent via email to the Bureau of Detectives command personnel, the appropriate area commander, and the appropriate deputy chief.
    • 5.The appropriate area commander will review each synopsis for clarity and forward them via email to the following command staff personnel: affected district commander(s); affected BOP Deputy Chiefs; Chief, Bureau of Patrol; Chief of Staff; Chief, Office of Crime Control Strategies; First Deputy Superintendent; and the Superintendent of Police.
    • 6.At the end of the 2nd and 3rd watches, Bureau of Detectives supervisors will forward all activity through the chain of command to the Chief, Bureau of Detectives.
Authenticated by: JKH
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
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