Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G01-02-05
Organization and Functions of the Bureau of Organized Crime
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 Organized Crime.
  • B.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standards Chapter 11.
II.Organizational and Functional Responsibilities
The Bureau of Organized Crime is commanded by a chief who reports directly to the First Deputy Superintendent. The bureau also consists of an executive officer the rank of deputy chief, who reports directly to the chief. The bureau initiates and conducts investigations of certain types of organized crime. Bureau members provide information and investigative assistance to all units of the Department and to outside agencies, as well as participate in various federal and state task forces. The Bureau of Organized Crime is organized as follows:
  • A.Confidential Matters Section
    The Confidential Matters Section functions as a component of the Office of the Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime. The Confidential Matters Section maintains cooperating individuals’ files and electronic surveillance files for the bureau.
  • B.Criminal Analysis Review Section
    The Criminal Analysis Review Section functions as a component of the Office of the Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime. Section functions include data entry of Vice Case Reports into the CHRIS system, performing bureau procedures regarding expungement of criminal records, and responding to requests for Freedom of Information reports.
  • C.Vice and Asset Forfeiture Division
    The Vice and Asset Forfeiture Division is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Executive Officer, Bureau of Organized Crime. The division processes all cases that are drug-related and involve money, vehicles, real property, or other assets seized for civil and/or criminal forfeiture proceedings. It also conducts in-depth and long-term financial investigations of narcotics traffickers in an effort to seize drug-related assets. The division consists of the following sections:
    • 1.Vice Section
      The Vice Section is commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Commander, Vice and Asset Forfeiture Division, and is responsible for ensuring investigations directed toward the detection and suppression of vice activities other than narcotics (gambling, prostitution, and distribution of obscene matter) and coordinating with and assisting district commanders in effecting vice control enforcement action. The section consists of the Chicago Human Trafficking Task Force, which conducts investigations consistent with the Department directive titled "Human Trafficking," and the following teams:
      • a.License Investigation Teams
        The License Investigation Teams perform functions relating to city license applications, subterfuge, and organized crime involvement in legitimate business operations. The License Investigation Teams also prepare cases for and serve as the Department's liaison with the Mayor's License Commission.
      • b.Prostitution Teams
        The Prostitution Teams conduct undercover operations relative to prostitution.
    • 2.Asset Forfeiture Investigation Section
      The Asset Forfeiture Investigation Section assists Department members with the identification, lawful seizure, and proper processing of drug-related and other criminally derived assets; responds promptly to the scene of any seizure in excess of $10,000 or, when requested, to large drug seizures, discovery of safe deposit box keys, or financial documents; works with state and federal law enforcement agencies on money laundering, income tax evasion, and other continuing criminal enterprise investigations; and is responsible for the investigation and processing of all vehicles seized by the Department in preparation for forfeiture. The section also consists of the Money Laundering Task Force.
  • D.Gang Investigation Division
    The Gang Investigation Division is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Executive Officer, Bureau of Organized Crime. The division is responsible for ensuring the proper investigation of any individual, group, or organization reasonably believed to be engaging in criminal activity; initiating investigations for the purpose of identifying gang organizations involved in criminal offenses; and disseminating information about gangs to appropriate Departmental units. The division gathers, evaluates, and disseminates this information in accordance with Department directives, constitutional protections, and statutory requirements. The division consists of Area Gang Investigation Teams, the Gang School Safety Team, and the following:
    • 1.Intelligence Section
      The Intelligence Section conducts investigations of an individual, group, or organization reasonably believed to be engaging in criminal or terrorism-related activity. Assistance with investigations and actionable intelligence will be provided to Departmental units to augment their investigations into violent/property crimes, organized crime groups, and terrorist organizations. The Intelligence Section includes the Joint Terrorism Task Force and FBI Humint Task Force.
    • 2.FBI Joint Task Force on Gangs
      A combined initiative between the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the section is responsible for identifying, disrupting, and dismantling violent drug-trafficking street gangs and their criminal enterprises operating within the City.
    • 3.Firearms Investigation Team
      The Firearms Investigation Team traces the ownership of firearms used in criminal incidents or processed by the Department and conduct and assist in investigations that target gun violence. The Firearms Investigation Team works in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies including those federal agencies charged with the enforcement of federal firearms laws.
    • 4.ATF Task Force
      A combined initiative between the Chicago Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, this section is responsible for identifying, investigating, and developing evidence for the successful prosecution of individuals involved in the intra-state trafficking of firearms into the City.
    • 5.Electronic and Technical Support Section
      This section provides electronic and technical support for investigations, including audio/video surveillance and video retrieval.
  • E.Narcotics Division
    The Narcotics Division is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Executive Officer, Bureau of Organized Crime. The division is responsible for investigation of and enforcement against large-scale, illegal narcotics activities and narcotics activities that transcend district boundaries. The division includes general enforcement teams and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area/Drug Enforcement Administration (HIDTA/DEA) Teams.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised.)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
17-113 CAW