Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G01-02-04
Organization and Functions of the Bureau of Detectives
Issue Date:08 December 2017Effective Date:08 December 2017
Rescinds:15 August 2017 Version
Index Category:Department Organization
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes the organization and functions of the Bureau of Detectives.
  • B.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standards Chapter 11.
II.Organizational and Functional Responsibilities
The Bureau of Detectives is commanded by a chief who reports directly to the First Deputy Superintendent. The chief is assisted by an executive officer the rank of deputy chief. The bureau is responsible for investigating selected felonies and selected misdemeanors; the processing of juvenile offenders and the care of juveniles who are in need of protective services; missing and found persons; and other incidents that may be assigned to the bureau by policy or through specific instruction of the Chief, Bureau of Detectives.
The Bureau consists of the following:
  • A.Investigative Support Section
    The Investigative Support Section operates as a component of the Executive Office, Bureau of Detectives. The section coordinates the operations of the Bureau of Detectives and performs other functions as designated by the Executive Officer or Chief, Bureau of Detectives.
  • B.Bureau of Detectives Areas
    • 1.The twenty-two police districts are organized into three Bureau of Detectives Areas as follows:
      • a.Area North: Districts 011, 014, 015, 016, 017, 019, 020, 024, and 025;
      • b.Area South: District 004, 005, 006, 007, and 022;
      • c.Area Central: Districts 001, 002, 003, 008, 009, 010, 012, and 018.
    • 2.Each Bureau of Detectives Area is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Executive Officer, Bureau of Detectives. Each area consists of a Property Crimes Section, Violent Crimes Section, and Case Management Office. Special victim investigations are under the oversight of the Violent Crimes Sections.
  • C.Special Investigative Group
    The Special Investigative Group is commanded by a deputy chief who reports directly to the Executive Officer, Bureau of Detectives. It consists of the following divisions:
    • 1.Youth Investigations Division
      The Youth Investigations Division is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Special Investigative Group. The division is responsible for managing juvenile records; providing investigative support for missing/found person cases; investigating child abuse cases; coordinating and monitoring social service resources to juveniles and their families; maintaining delinquency prevention programs; and identifying and facilitating the correction of conditions conducive to delinquency. In support of these functions, the division maintains liaisons with the Juvenile Court, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), the Board of Education, and other juvenile justice agencies. The commander coordinates the functions and performance of the following units:
      • a.Juvenile Intervention and Support Center
        The Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) is commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Commander, Youth Investigations Division. The JISC is a specialized Department facility from which the Department’s juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention activities are directed, juvenile arrestees are processed, and the development and identification of appropriate social and diversion services for station-adjusted juvenile offenders are coordinated. In addition, the JISC develops and manages the Department’s victim/juvenile offender conferencing program and provides operational space for selected juvenile justice, social service, and community agencies working in partnership with the Department regarding juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention.
      • b.Special Investigations Unit
        The Special Investigations Unit provides expertise in the investigation of cases involving sexual abuse and assault of children 0 through 12 years of age; family-related sexual abuse and assault cases involving children 0 through 17 years of age; sexual abuse and assault cases of children 0 through 17 years of age in an institutional setting where the alleged offender is a person in a position of trust or authority; child exploitation, child pornography, and mass molestation of children; and other specialized cases assigned at the direction of the Commander, Youth Investigations Division.
      • c.Criminal Registration Unit
        The Criminal Registration Unit is responsible for registering previously convicted offenders under the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act, the Illinois Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act, the Arson Offender Registration Act, as well as the Chicago Gun Offender Registry Ordinance. The unit is also charged with maintaining the Department's registration records for these individuals and coordinating with the detective areas in the investigation and processing of sex offender registration violations. Additionally, the section coordinates quarterly verification checks of registrant addresses and provides regular listings to patrol and detective bureau personnel on registrants then in a violation status. The unit also serves as a liaison with the United States Marshals Service Sex Offender Task Force. Furthermore, the unit monitors and investigates complaints of false claims by registrants of homelessness status intended to obscure their true addresses of residence and circumvent the public notice intent of the various criminal registration statues and ordinances.
    • 2.Central Investigations Division
      The Central Investigations Division is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Special Investigative Group. The function of the unit is to respond to trends in crime by utilizing specialized investigative techniques. The commanding officer oversees the operations of the following:
      • a.The Fugitive Apprehension Unit is responsible for the investigation and apprehension of individuals wanted on warrants and investigative alerts with probable cause to arrest.
      • b.The Financial Crimes Unit investigates financial crimes, including identity theft, credit card fraud, forgery, mortgage fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering.
      • c.The Arson Section conducts investigations consistent with the Department directive titled "Fire and Arson Incidents."
      • d.The DNA Unit manages appropriate data bases; reviews and disseminates CODIS, IBIS, and BIA associations and conducts regular audits to ensure proper follow-up investigations of those associations; conducts weekly audits of all sexual assault kits to ensure compliance with Illinois State law; and administers the cold case DNA grant and any outsourced DNA testing.
      • e.The Chicago Major Auto Theft Investigations Unit investigates auto-theft-related crime patterns and associated organized criminal groups.
      • f.The CPD/FBI Violent Crimes Task Force investigates kidnappings and related offenses, homicide warrants, other felony fugitive warrants, robberies of financial institutions, and fugitive offenders that have fled the Department's jurisdiction.
      • g.The Major Accident Investigation Section investigates traffic crashes with serious personal injury likely to cause death, fatal traffic crashes, and all hit and run incidents.
    • 3.Forensic Services Division
      The Forensic Services Division is commanded by a director who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Special Investigative Group. The Forensic Services Division provides technical and scientific expertise for the collection and analysis of physical evidence and the reconstruction of crimes. It provides expert testimony on the collection, submission, and examination of evidence to assist in the criminal justice process. The Forensic Services Division is also responsible for submitting evidence to the Illinois State Police Laboratory for examination. The section consists of the following units:
      • a.Forensic Services Lab Unit
        The Forensic Services Lab Unit is a commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Director, Forensic Services Division. The unit is responsible for the appropriate transportation, data entry, and analysis of all evidence submitted to the Forensic Services Division; responding to all subpoena requests for Chicago Police Forensic Services Division reports; performing technical photographic procedures used in scientific crime detection; conducting scientific analysis of firearms evidence; administering forensic polygraph examinations; and conducting patent and latent fingerprint examination of physical evidence.
      • b.Crime Scene Processing Unit
        The Crime Scene Processing Unit is commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Director, Forensic Services Division. The unit is responsible for photographing, collecting, preserving, and inventorying evidence at crime scenes and for photographing and sketching major crime scenes.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised.)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
17-113 CAW