Chicago Police DepartmentDepartment Notice D19-02
Police Recognition Events 2019
Issue Date:17 April 2019Effective Date:17 April 2019
Rescinds:Department Notice D18-01
Index Category:Department Notice
This directive informs members:
  • A.of the events planned for this year’s tribute to the Chicago Police Department.
  • B.that 05 May through 11 May 2019 has been designated as Police Recognition Week in Chicago.
  • A.The Chicago Police Department Honor Guard will be conducting a 24 Hour Vigil at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park on Monday, 29 April 2019. The Honor Guard will begin the guard detail at 0001 hours and will conclude the vigil at 2359 hours.
  • B.Honor Guard members will ceremoniously place any flowers or wreaths that may be brought to the vigil.
  • C. Inquiries regarding the 24 Hour Vigil may be directed to the Special Activities Section at PAX 0304 or Bell 5-5844.
  • A.The Saint Jude Memorial March and Service will be held on Sunday, 05 May 2019. Units will assemble at Solidarity Drive between Museum Campus Drive and the Adler Planetarium between 0700 to 0740 hours. Step off will be at 0800 hours.
  • B.Immediately following the completion of the march, there will be a brief interfaith service held at the reviewing stand in front of the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.
  • A.The 58th Annual Police Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 29 May 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive. The awards will be presented at a luncheon starting at 1200 hours in the Grand Ballroom East Tower.
  • B.Medals will be presented to Department members for heroism and outstanding police service.
  • C.The Richard J. Daley Police Medal of Honor will be presented to an individual whose accomplishments have brought credit to the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department.
  • D.The William Powers Leadership Award will be presented to an exempt member who has displayed dedication to service and a visionary approach to operations and leadership in law enforcement.
  • E.The Thomas Wortham IV Military and Community Service Award is presented to a sworn Department member who is a current or former member of any branch of the United States Armed Services and who has made a significant contribution to the Chicago Police Department and provides a continuing contribution to the community.
  • F.The Superintendent's Tactical Award of Excellence will be presented to a sworn member who has utilized exceptional tactical skills or verbal approaches and techniques to mitigate a deadly force situation resulting in the saving or sustaining of a human life.
  • G.The Paul R. Bauer Leadership Award will be presented to a non-exempt, sworn supervisor who exemplifies former Chicago Police Commander Paul R. Bauer's dedication to service, visionary approach to operational excellence, and dynamic leadership in law enforcement.
  • H.A memorial roll of active officers who have died during the previous year will be shown during the ceremony. This memorial will pay homage to their service and dedication to the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department.
  • I.The master of ceremonies for the Police Recognition Ceremony will be Bill Kurtis of Kurtis Productions. He has volunteered his services in support of the Department.
  • A.Inquiries regarding police recognition events may be directed to the Awards and Recognition Section at PAX 0297 and 0339 or Bell 5-5185.
  • B.The Annual Run/Walk to Remember will be held on Saturday, 04 May 2019, at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Complete information and a link to registration are available at the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation:
  • C.Illinois salutes its fallen officers on Thursday, 02 May 2019 in Springfield at the Illinois Police Memorial Ceremony.
  • D.The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. will have its Annual Candlelight Vigil at the police memorial on Monday,13 May 2019.
  • E.On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, the Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service will take place at the United States Capitol Building.
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
19-028 PMD