Chicago Police DepartmentDepartment Notice D19-03
Large Street Gatherings
Issue Date:24 May 2019Effective Date:24 May 2019
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Index Category:Department Notice
I.Purpose
This directive introduces procedures for Department members who encounter large street gatherings.
II.General Information
  • A.A Police Computer-Aided Dispatch (PCAD) event type has been created to document Department members' encounters and interactions with large street gatherings.
    CODEDESCRIPTIONPRIORITY
    DISTLGDisturbance — Large Gathering3B
  • B.This PCAD event type will:
    • 1.be used to record incidents where Department members on-view a large street gathering (planned or spontaneous) that could potentially pose public safety concerns.
    • 2.require a notification to and assignment of a Department field supervisor from the district of occurrence and will be closed using the appropriate miscellaneous incident alpha-numeric code or Records Division (RD) number.
    NOTE:
    The "Disturbance — Large Gathering" PCAD event type will not be used for protests, marches, or other organized demonstrations. Department members will continue to follow existing procedures for these events.
  • C.In addition to the procedures outlined in this directive, Department members will continue to respond to on-view incidents and calls for service consistent with the Department directives titled "Preliminary Investigations" and "The First Amendment and Police Actions."
III.Procedures
  • A.Any Department member encountering a large street gathering that could potentially pose public safety concerns will:
    • 1.notify the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and request the creation of a PCAD Event for "Disturbance — Large Gathering,"
    • 2.provide the OEMC dispatcher with the following information:
      • a.location and location type (e.g., park, street, private property).
      • b.type of gathering, if known, and an estimate of the crowd size.
      • c.identification of any unlawful actions or potential public safety concerns.
    • 3.request the assignment of a supervisor from the district of occurrence.
    • 4.assess the situation and determine if any immediate police actions are necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public safety.
      NOTE:
      Unless there is an imminent threat to public safety, Department members will not move to disperse any large street gathering without the approval of a supervisor from the district of occurrence and any necessary additional personnel and support units.
  • B.Upon notification and creation of the PCAD event, the OEMC dispatcher will:
    • 1.assign a supervisor and a field unit from the district of occurrence, if not the requester.
    • 2.notify the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) with the pertinent details related to the large gathering.
  • C.The responding field unit from the district of occurrence will:
    • 1.determine the location of and make contact with the first responding officers.
    • 2.assess the situation by:
      • a.attempting to identify the organizer and any permits on Department reporting applications (e.g., Jaspersoft Reports).
      • b.attempting to determine if the gathering is a pre-planned or a spontaneous event.
      • c.determining if there is a likelihood that the gathering may pose public safety concerns or escalate to unlawful behavior.
      • d.identifying if there is an imminent threat to the public or officers.
    • 3.determine if any immediate police actions are necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public safety.
      NOTE:
      Unless there is an imminent threat to public safety, Department members will not move to disperse any large street gathering without the approval of a supervisor from the district of occurrence and any necessary additional personnel and support units.
    • 4.provide updated information to and follow the direction from the responding supervisor.
  • D.The responding supervisor from the district of occurrence will:
    • 1.assess the information provided by the on-scene units to determine:
      • a.the level of on-scene supervisory response required.
      • b.if any immediate police action is required.
      • c.if the current police presence is sufficient or are additional resources or actions needed.
    • 2.make a determination and the appropriate assignments to mitigate possible public safety concerns:
      • a.Roving "Special Attention" — advise the appropriate beats.
      • b.Assigned unit remains on-scene to monitor — assigned beat continues to monitor, assess, and report changes of conditions to the supervisor.
      • c.Additional resources are necessary request the appropriate unit/district resources to supplement the assigned unit and remain on the scene to monitor situation.
      • d.Immediate dispersal — take the appropriate actions and remain on the scene to monitor the situation.
    • 3.notify the watch operations lieutenant of the district of occurrence of the gathering and course of action taken.
    • 4.continually assess the gathering during the tour of duty and adjust the response as appropriate.
    • 5.notify the oncoming watch supervisors if the gathering is still ongoing and the course of action taken.
    • 6.ensure the "Disturbance — Large Gathering PCAD" event is closed with the appropriate disposition.
IV.Additional Responsibilities
  • A.District Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSCs) will provide assistance to on-scene units and supervisors using the appropriate available crime-reduction technology, including Department databases and cameras, consistent with the Department directive titled “Strategic Decision Support Centers.”
  • B.District commanders will monitor large street gathering occurrences in their districts and will, when appropriate, develop strategies to reduce incidents that pose a threat to public safety.
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
19-058 RCL/MWK/VM