Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S03-19
Strategic Decision Support Centers
Issue Date:02 January 2019Effective Date:02 January 2019
Rescinds:05 July 2017 Version
Index Category:Field Operations
This directive:
  • A.continues the use of the Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSCs).
  • B.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standard Chapter 40 and 45
The Strategic Decision Support Centers will be:
  • A.operational within the 002nd, 003rd, 004th, 005th, 006th, 007th, 008th, 009th, 010th, 011th, 012th, 015th, and 025th districts.
  • B.staffed by sworn Department members, minimum of two per watch, at all times.
  • C.staffed by a designated civilian analyst.
  • D.coordinated by district supervisory personnel as designated by the district commander.
Any further expansion of the SDSCs will be announced through the appropriate Department channels.
III.General Information
The Strategic Decision Support Centers will:
  • A.act as the center of intelligence for the district, where sworn Department members and analysts will:
    • 1.participate in the development of crime reduction strategies for the district command staff to achieve the primary objective of district crime reduction.
    • 2.assist district command staff in the determination of district-related missions and deployment of Department resources to:
      • a.improve incident response times,
      • b.increase preparation to prevent future criminal incidents,
      • c.raise the likelihood of suspect apprehension, and
      • d.enhance officer safety.
    • and conduct daily intelligence briefings for the district commander and executive officer.
  • B.combine intelligence gathering by field personnel with quantitative data analytics, providing real-time situational awareness to Department members to enhance response times and crime-prevention efforts.
  • C.serve as the center for collection, analysis, and dissemination of real-time information pertaining to violent crimes within the participating districts.
  • D.utilize crime-reduction technology provided by the Information Services Division.
IV.Crime-Reduction Technology
  • A.The Strategic Decision Support Centers are equipped with crime-reduction technology to assist SDSC personnel with district-crime forecasting. Such technology includes, but is not limited to:
    • 1.predictive-policing and situational awareness software,
    • 2.environmental and social media monitoring programs,
    • 3.gunshot detection equipment, and
    • conferencing systems.
  • B.Field personnel assigned to SDSC-equipped districts will be provided smartphones that are linked to the SDSC in the district station. Smartphone capabilities include, but are not limited to, access to:
    • 1.the SDSC mobile application,
    • 2.Department email, and
    • 3.other methods of communication to ensure field personnel are informed of current and developing district-related intelligence.
  • A.Department Strategic Decision Support Center personnel will:
    • 1.implement the following methods to help achieve the primary objective of district crime reduction, such as:
      • a.developing risk-based deployment strategies by making analytically based recommendations to district command staff members to assist with proper resource allocation;
      • b.using data to track and investigate district crime trends and patterns;
      • c.creating mission recaps which include an analysis of crime trends from the previous 24 hours and any associated mission results;
      • d.preparing detailed crime-forecasting maps and mission recommendations for the upcoming 24-hour period;
      • e.assessing internal and external resource availability (e.g., available specialized district personnel, outside units deployed to the district) for assignments and missions for district command staff; and
      • f.providing information regarding special community events or specialized law enforcement activity to district command staff, when known.
    • 2.collaborate with the district intelligence officer, the district CompStat officer, the district tactical teams, watch operations lieutenants, the district community relations officers, and other specialty personnel to anticipate and combat future criminal acts.
    • 3.provide critical information to the watch operations lieutenant for dissemination at roll calls.
    • 4.provide a daily briefing and presentation to district and other Department personnel, as necessary.
    • 5.organize crime intelligence meetings as needed or requested by the district commander.
    • 6.allow District Intelligence Officers (DIOs) from neighboring districts without a Strategic Decision Support Center to utilize their district SDSC under the guidance of a SDSC supervisor, when needed.
  • B.Department members will:
    • 1.not utilize SDSC specific technology or mobile devices for personal use.
      Department members will not utilize mobile devices for any type of evidentiary purpose. This does not include mobile devices utilized by the Bureau of Detectives.
    • 2.refer to the SDSC Bureau of Patrol Special Order and user guides for all specific operating procedures and responsibilities.
  • C.Information Services Division will:
    • 1.coordinate the SDSC initiative,
    • 2.provide crime-reduction technology for the SDSCs, and
    • technical support.
  • D.The Bureau of Patrol will maintain the SDSC Bureau of Patrol Special Order.
VI.Conflict Resolution
If any procedure in this directive conflicts with any bureau-level special order, this directive will take precedence.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were added or revised.)
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
18-028 RCL
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