Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order 04-11-01
Unattended Packages
Issue Date:23 December 2013Effective Date:23 December 2013
Rescinds:27 January 2012 Version
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.PURPOSE
This directive sets forth:
  • A.a new category, prioritized by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), for event types described as an “Unattended Package(s):”
    TYPEDESCRIPTION PRIORITY
    UNPKGUnattended Package3D
  • B.the Department’s response procedures for unattended packages.
II.DEFINTIONS
For the purpose of this directive, the following definitions apply:
  • A.Unattended Package – a package or item of unknown origin whose contents are unknown but there is a lack of any articulable intelligence (bomb threat, history of associated threats, unusual markings, wires or lights attached, leakage of any liquid material, noise emanating from the package or unusual odor, etc.) that upgrades the call from being unattended to a suspect package.
  • B.Suspect Package – a package identified as potentially containing explosives, an improvised explosive device (IED), or other hazardous materials that requires bomb technician skills and equipment to investigate. Positive and articulable intelligence that will upgrade an unattended package to a suspect package would be an associated threat to the area that the package was found, history of associated threats, unusual markings, wires or lights attached, leakage of any liquid material, noise emanating from the package or unusual odor, etc.
NOTE:
All suspect packages will be investigated and cleared by the Bomb Squad.
III.GENERAL INFORMATION
  • A.All found or abandoned packages will, initially, no longer be categorized as suspect; instead they will be considered unattended packages. Further investigation by responding members will be conducted to assess if a package or item should be treated as “unattended package ” or “suspect package ,” consistent with the definitions found above.
  • B.The Education and Training Division has published a training bulletin detailing the actions an officer should take when a suspicious object or apparent IED is found, ETB#09-07 entitled “Bomb and Arson – Part III The Suspicious Object.”
IV.RESPONSIBILITIES
  • A.Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
    • 1.OEMC will create the category of unattended package(s), and dispatchers will follow the OEMC protocols delineated in the Department directive entitled “Radio Communications” when dispatching assignments.
    • 2.If an unattended package is located, the OEMC dispatcher will dispatch a patrol unit from the district of occurrence.
  • B.Responding officers will:
    • 1.make a determination to notify the Canine Unit or Bomb Squad, depending upon their preliminary investigation.
    • 2.follow the same safety procedures outlined in the Department directives entitled “Hazardous Materials (HAZ-MAT) Incidents,” “Bomb Incidents,” and “Canine Teams” when responding to assignments in these categories.
  • C.Canine Teams
    • 1.Canine teams are responsible for responding to calls of unattended packages when requested. When utilizing canine teams, members will follow the procedures delineated in the Department directive entitled “Canine Teams.”
    • 2.If a canine team alerts on an unattended package, the threat elevates the package to suspect; therefore, the appropriate procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled “Canine Teams” will be followed, the Bomb Squad will be notified, and explosive technicians will be responsible for investigation and appropriate “render safe procedures.”
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised.)
Authenticated by: JKH
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
13-153 AMR
GLOSSARY TERMS:
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A package or item of unknown origin whose contents are unknown but there is a lack of any articulable intelligence (bomb threat, history of associated threats, unusual markings, wires or lights attached, leakage of any liquid material, noise emanating from the package or unusual odor, etc.) that upgrades the call from being unattended to a suspect package.
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A package identified as potentially containing explosives, an improvised explosive device (IED), or other hazardous materials that requires bomb technician skills and equipment to investigate. Positive and articulable intelligence that will upgrade an unattended package to a suspect package would be an associated threat to the area that the package was found, history of associated threats, unusual markings, wires or lights attached, leakage of any liquid material, noise emanating from the package or unusual odor, etc.