Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S03-02
Strategic Decision Support Center Initiative
Issue Date:26 July 2019Effective Date:26 July 2019
Rescinds:02 January 19 Version of S03-19
Index Category:Field Operations
I.Purpose:
This directive:
  • A.introduces the:
    • 1.Strategic Decision Support Center (SDSC) Initiative,
    • 2.four key focus areas for the SDSC Initiative and the related responsibilities for each key focus area, and
    • 3.SDSC Oversight Panel.
  • B.outlines the chain of command and operational coordination for the SDSC Initiative.
  • C.establishes the criteria for the selection of sworn SDSC officers and coordinators.
  • D.outlines responsibilities for the selection of SDSC civilian criminal intelligence analysts.
  • E.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standard Chapter 45.
II.General Information
  • A.Each SDSC is a specialized room within the various district police stations that has been equipped with crime analysis and monitoring technology and is staffed by sworn personnel and a civilian criminal intelligence analyst. Within the districts, the assigned SDSC personnel:
    • 1.monitor crime and violence conditions,
    • 2.provide real-time support to district field personnel,
    • 3.assist in the gathering of intelligence information,
    • 4.analyze crime trends, and
    • 5.assist the district commanders and supervisory personnel in developing district-level responses to crime and violence.
  • B.The SDSC Initiative is a Department-wide collaboration that seeks to enhance the Department's crime prevention, violence reduction, investigative, and enforcement efforts. The initiative:
    • 1.utilizes district SDSCs and their related technology as a collaboration hub between district personnel and other Departmental units and bureaus.
    • 2.concentrates on the four key focus areas to ensure compliance with the goals and objectives of the SDSC Initiative. The four key focus areas are as follows:
      • a.Focus Area One: day-to-day operations,
      • b.Focus Area Two: strategy review, compliance monitoring, and coordination,
      • c.Focus Area Three: infrastructure and technology, and
      • d.Focus Area Four: training.
    • 3.will operate under the overall authority of the First Deputy Superintendent.
    • 4.will have the Deputy Chief, Crime Control Strategies, as the administrator of the Initiative. The Deputy Chief, Crime Control Strategies, will:
      • a.have the responsibility to coordinate the implementation of the Initiative to ensure the achievement of its goals and objectives.
      • b.coordinate the SDSC Initiative in collaboration with the:
        • (1)Bureau of Patrol,
        • (2)Bureau of Detectives,
        • (3)Bureau of Organized Crime,
        • (4)Bureau of Organizational Development, and
        • (5)Bureau of Technical Services.
    • 5.will be facilitated by the SDSC Oversight Panel.
III.SDSC Initiative Key Focus Areas Roles and Responsibilities
  • A.Focus Area One: Day-to-Day Operations. The Chief, Bureau of Patrol, in coordination with Crime Control Strategies, the Bureau of Detectives, and the Bureau of Organized Crime, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the SDSCs.
    • 1.The Chief, Bureau of Patrol, will ensure:
      • a.that the procedures delineated in the Department directive titled "Strategic Decision Support Centers: Operations and Accountability" outlining the daily procedures and responsibilities of SDSC personnel are followed;
      • b.an area-level sworn SDSC officer is operational within each Bureau of Patrol area to analyze all related information within area SDSCs and report to the appropriate Bureau of Patrol area deputy chief all required information for assisting in resource allocation and deployment; and
      • c.that district intelligence officers (DIOs) utilize the district SDSC to conduct his or her duties and responsibilities as delineated in the Department directive titled "District Intelligence Officer."
    • 2.The Chief, Bureau of Detectives, will ensure:
      • a.that the procedures delineated in the Department directive titled "Strategic Decision Support Centers: Operations and Accountability" outlining the daily procedures and responsibilities of Bureau of Detectives personnel are followed; and
      • b.Bureau of Detectives district-level investigative teams personnel report to district command members to coordinate property crime reduction efforts and strategy implementation.
    • 3.The Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime, will ensure:
      • a.that the procedures delineated in the Department directive titled "Strategic Decision Support Centers: Operations and Accountability" outlining the daily procedures and responsibilities of Bureau of Organized Crime personnel are followed; and
      • b.Bureau of Organized Crime personnel who are assigned to specific missions in direct support of district operations coordinate with the district command members and the district SDSC.
    • 4.The Deputy Chief, Crime Control Strategies, will ensure that the procedures delineated in the Department directive titled "Strategic Decision Support Centers: Operations and Accountability" outlining the daily procedures and responsibilities for Deployment Operations Section, Crime Prevention and Information Center, and Crime Control Strategies personnel are followed.
  • B.Focus Area Two: Strategy Review, Compliance Monitoring, and Coordination. The Deputy Chief, Crime Control Strategies, will oversee the strategy review, compliance monitoring, and coordination of the SDSC Initiative. The Deputy Chief, Crime Control Strategies, will:
    • 1.be the administrator of the SDSC Initiative under the authority of the First Deputy Superintendent and will report directly to the First Deputy Superintendent;
    • 2.serve as the chairperson of the SDSC Oversight Panel;
    • 3.oversee the continued development of the SDSC Initiative as a violence reduction and crime response strategy;
    • 4.coordinate SDSC implementation across the four focus areas under the initiative; and
    • 5.conduct compliance monitoring across the various bureaus tasked with responsibilities under the initiative.
  • C.Focus Area Three: Infrastructure and Technology. The Chief, Bureau of Technical Services, will oversee all technology and infrastructure-related aspects of the SDSC Initiative. The Chief, Bureau of Technical Services, will:
    • 1.provide infrastructure and technical support consistent with the Department directive titled "Strategic Decision Support Centers: Technical Support and Training."
    • 2.provide SDSC civilian criminal intelligence analysts to work in SDSCs and will ensure that all SDSC civilian criminal intelligence analysts:
    • 3.ensure civilian criminal intelligence analyst positions maintain adequate staffing requirements.
    • 4.serve as the vice-chairperson of the SDSC Oversight Panel.
  • D.Focus Area Four: Training. The Chief, Bureau of Organizational Development, will oversee all training requirements and implementation consistent with the Department directive titled "Strategic Decision Support Centers: Technical Support and Training."
IV.Chain of Command and Operational Coordination
  • A.The SDSC Initiative will operate under the overall authority of the First Deputy Superintendent.
  • B.The Deputy Chief, Crime Control Strategies, will be the administrator of the SDSC Initiative under the authority of the First Deputy Superintendent and will report directly to the First Deputy Superintendent.
  • C.District commanders will report to the Chief, Bureau of Patrol, and the administrator of the SDSC Initiative for SDSC-related matters and strategy implementation.
  • D.Watch operations lieutenants will report to the district commander and executive officer for the day-to-day watch operations involving the use of the SDSC.
  • E.District sworn SDSC officers and the SDSC coordinator will report to the district command members for operational matters involving the SDSC.
    NOTE:
    The SDSC coordinator will report directly to the district commander for all functional responsibilities involving the SDSC, and to the Deputy Chief of Crime Control Strategies regarding the development, review, and compliance monitoring of the SDSC.
  • F.District SDSC civilian criminal intelligence analysts will be under the authority of the Deputy Chief, Bureau of Technical Services. District SDSC civilian criminal intelligence analysts will:
    • 1.report to the SDSC coordinator and district command members for operational responsibilities of the SDSC, and
    • 2.report to the Deputy Chief, Bureau of Technical Services, for functional responsibilities of the SDSC.
  • G.Bureau of Detectives personnel assigned to the bureau’s district-level investigative teams will:
    • 1.report to the appropriate Bureau of Detectives area command members; and
    • 2.coordinate with the district’s command members and SDSC personnel regarding ongoing investigative and crime-reduction efforts targeting robbery, burglary, and other property crimes.
  • H.Bureau of Organized Crime personnel assigned to missions and investigative efforts in direct support of district law enforcement operations will:
    • 1.report to the appropriate Bureau of Organized Crime command members; and
    • 2.coordinate with the district’s command members and SDSC personnel regarding ongoing investigative and crime-reduction efforts targeting gang, narcotics, vice, and licensing conditions.
V.SDSC Oversight Panel
  • A.The SDSC Oversight Panel will be composed of the following Department personnel:
    • 1.Chief, Bureau of Patrol
    • 2.Chief, Bureau of Detectives
    • 3.Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime
    • 4.Chief, Bureau of Organizational Development
    • 5.Chief, Bureau of Technical Services, who will serve as the vice-chairperson
    • 6.Deputy Chief, Crime Control Strategies, who will serve as the chairperson
    • 7.Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division
    • 8.Deputy Chief, Bureau of Technical Services
    • 9.Commander, Deployment Operations Section
    • 10.Commander, Inspections Division
    • 11.Director, Research and Development Division, or his or her designee, who will serve as the secretary of the panel
    • 12.Director, Office of Operational Compliance.
  • B.The SDSC Oversight Panel will convene quarterly and as needed by the chairperson of the panel to facilitate the ongoing implementation and operation of the initiative.
  • C.The SDSC Oversight Panel duties and responsibilities include:
    • 1.ensuring that the SDSC program remains an active collaboration with the identified stakeholders;
    • 2.reviewing status reports on SDSC operations and compliance with SDSC protocols;
    • 3.providing functional support in addressing the needs of the various SDSCs identified by the panel;
    • 4.reviewing evaluations of the effectiveness and efficiency of existing strategies under the SDSC Initiative;
    • 5.reviewing all Department directives and user manuals associated with SDSC operations and technical support and requesting updates as needed;
    • 6.reviewing all SDSC-related training and the associated training curriculum and recommending additional training and training updates as needed;
    • 7.reviewing key performance indicators (KPIs) developed to assess SDSC operations;
    • 8.reviewing city-wide camera-needs assessments, as needed, and providing input to the POD Program Committee, when appropriate.
    • 9.reviewing new strategies to be implemented in the SDSCs' operations, including reviews of established or innovative practices and supporting research;
    • 10.reviewing the effectiveness of existing technologies used in SDSCs, as well as recommended software and hardware updates or enhancements;
    • 11.reviewing recommendations for new technologies for possible use in the SDSCs.
    • 12.reviewing input and feedback on the SDSC Initiative from both internal and external stakeholders;
    • 13.making recommendations to the First Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent regarding enhancements to the SDSC Initiative;
    • 14.any other duties and responsibilities determined necessary by the First Deputy Superintendent or Superintendent.
VI.Selection of Sworn SDSC Officers and Coordinators
  • A.Sworn Department members seeking selection to regularly work in a district SDSC, as either a certified sworn SDSC officer (a non-probationary police officer) or the district SDSC coordinator (a sergeant), must be currently assigned or detailed to the district and have acceptable:
  • B.Sworn Department members who meet the above criteria and seeking selection to work in a SDSC will submit:
    • 1.a To-From-Subject Report request to their district commander; and
    • 2.a resume that includes any additional skills or experience for selection consideration, including the following factors:
      • a.a minimum of three years of service (sworn SDSC officers) or a minimum of two years as a sergeant of police (SDSC coordinators);
      • b.current district-level field experience;
      • c.able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the Department directives;
      • d.previous experience working with technology, including social media, mapping, data analysis, and surveillance technologies;
      • e.ability to problem-solve in a team environment;
      • f.college experience with an emphasis on data analysis or information technology; and
      • g. quality report writing skills.
  • C.District commanders will:
    • 1.identify sworn district personnel under their command who are selected to be trained and work in the SDSC.
    • 2.be responsible for the selection and maintenance of proper staffing levels of qualified sworn personnel assigned to work in his or her district SDSC.
VII.Selection of SDSC Civilian Criminal Intelligence Analysts
SDSC civilian criminal intelligence analysts will be allocated to work in the various district SDSCs consistent with the following:
  • A.The Deputy Chief, Bureau of Technical Services, will collaborate with the district commanders to identify civilian criminal intelligence analysts to work within the various SDSCs.
  • B.The Chief, Bureau of Technical Services, will ensure that the districts with the highest levels of violence and greatest analytical needs are prioritized in the work assignment locations of the Department’s SDSC civilian criminal intelligence analysts.
VIII.Conflict Resolution
Any conflict of opinion between command staff members will be resolved by the administrator of the SDSC Initiative in consultation with the First Deputy Superintendent, when appropriate.
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
19-036 RCL/MWK
ADDENDA:
1.S03-02-01 - Strategic Decision Support Centers: Operations and Accountability
2.S03-02-02 - Strategic Decision Support Centers: Technical Support and Training