Chicago Police DepartmentDepartment Notice D21-01
Probationary Police Officer Community Immersion-Pilot Program
Issue Date:23 February 2021Effective Date:23 February 2021
Index Category:Department Notice
This directive:
  • A.introduces the Probationary Police Officer Community Immersion Pilot (PPOCI) and Evaluation Program.
  • B.establishes responsibilities of the Probationary Police Officer Community Immersion Pilot Program within the Bureau of Patrol.
  • C.introduces the use of the Community Immersion Report (CIR).
  • D.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standard Chapters 33, 44 and 45.
  • E.satisfies CALEA Training Academy Standard Chapter 4.
  • A.The Department recognizes that strong partnerships with the community provide an opportunity to build and strengthen trust, identify community needs, and produce positive policing outcomes that are fundamental in ensuring that all police officers are at their core community policing officers.
  • B.The PPOCI implementation will ensure that all probationary police officers (PPO) who have been field qualified, are introduced to the Department directive titled "Community Policing Mission and Vision."
  • C.PPOCI will be piloted in the 003 and 007 Districts and occur after a PPO has become field qualified but before the 15th month of their probationary period.
  • A.Field Qualified in the Field Training Officer's (FTO) experience, the probationary police officer (PPO) has progressed consistently in bridging the knowledge and skills learned in the academic phase and the practical application in the field to merit consideration to work with officers who are not FTOs. The PPO has completed all cycles required under the Field Training and Evaluation Program. A field-qualified PPO is still in probationary status and is not allowed to work alone in a 10-99 capacity.
  • B.Familiarization – PPOs will participate in a familiarization process, during which time they will become acquainted with the Community Policing Office functions and working environments. The PPO Community Immersion Pilot Program will provide both observational and hands-on experience with Community Policing Strategies.
  • C.Community Immersion Report (CIR) is an electronically based report, similar to the Daily Observation Report (DOR). The total report will comprise of two individual evaluations that will be conducted at the end of each week of the PPOCI.
  • D.Service Offering consists of a set of services that define numerous types of community-based organizations representing assets in a community.
  • E.Community Policing Mentor a designated community policing officer by the community policing sergeant, who will be responsible for introducing the PPO to the roles and responsibilities of the community policing officers.
IV.Community Immersion Program
  • A.The PPOCI Pilot Program is a two week familiarization program that introduces PPOs to community policing resources and principles, allowing them to have positive engagements with community organizations/institutions, neighborhood stakeholders, City agencies, and officials involved in collaborative strategies that impact community and Department relationships.
  • B.The progress of each PPO will be documented in the Community Immersion Report (CIR) located in CLEAR under Education and Training Division PPO Evaluation and the Performance Recognition System (PRS).
  • C.The Probationary Police Officer Community Immersion Pilot Program will ensure that PPOs can:
    • 1.use the concepts of Procedural Justice and Legitimacy to learn about the challenges, cultures, and assets in the communities they serve.
    • 2.recall the Seven Pillars of Community Policing and the roles and responsibilities of the Community Policing Office listed in the Department directive titled "Community Policing Mission and Vision".
    • 3.identify community-based organizations that promote safe neighborhoods through their service offerings.
    • 4.explain each program that falls under the purview of the the Community Policing Office, including:
      • a.Youth
      • b.Older Adults
      • c.Domestic Violence
      • d.Victim Services
      • e.Businesses
      • f.Court Advocacy
      • g.Troubled Buildings.
    • 5.recognize the district-specific community partnerships and engagement strategies designed to encourage positive community interactions and relationship building through the establishment of mentorships between the PPOs and the Community Policing Office.
    • 6.sign in and operate Community Engagement Management System (CEMS) as it pertains to the community policing office.
    • 7.define and articulate the Community Policing SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) Model.
    • 8.strive towards solving community-based problems using the SARA Model while utilizing community based resources.
  • A.The community policing sergeant will ensure that PPOs assigned to the PPOCI will be evaluated utilizing the CIR for the following criteria:
    • 1.Identifying geographic-specific community-based organizations that promote safe neighborhood and their functions;
    • 2.Signing into CEMS for at least one community engagement;
    • 3.Identifying and understanding each role of the community policing office;
    • 4.Identifying specific community partnerships and engagement strategies;
    • 5.Developing solutions to community-based problem scenarios;
    • 6.Identifying and understanding community policing concepts; and
    • 7.Applying and understanding the SARA Model to problem solving community-based problems.
  • B.Attendance and participation will constitute completion of the PPOCI Pilot Program.
  • A.The Deputy Chief, Office of Community Policing (OCP), will monitor and review all PPOCI evaluations and progress of the PPOCI.
  • B.The Field Training and Evaluation Section of the Bureau of Patrol will ensure PPOs who have been field qualified are assigned to the Community Policing Office to participate in the PPOCI Pilot Program.
  • C.The district community policing sergeant will:
    • 1.monitor the progress of the PPOs in the PPOCI.
    • 2.complete the Community Immersion Report (CIR) on a weekly basis for all PPOs assigned to the district PPOCI program.
    • 3.ensure that all PPO deficiencies are identified and addressed as soon as practical using mentorship and feedback.
    • 4.ensure documentation of all PPOs who do not successfully complete that PPOIC in the Performance Recognition System.
    • 5.ensure that all documentation for PPOs who do not successfully complete the PPOCI after a second attempt are forwarded to the district commander's office for review.
  • D.The community policing mentor will:
    • 1.ensure that PPOs assigned to the PPOCI are familiarized with the operation and performance expectations of the Office of Community Policing.
    • 2.ensure that PPOs assigned to the PPOCI are familiarized with the district-specific community partnerships and engagement strategies contained in the District Strategic Plan.
    • 3.ensure that appropriate and professional decorum is presented by both community policing officers and PPOs during community engagements.
David O. Brown
Superintendent of Police
20-110 SPC