Chicago Police DepartmentDepartment Notice D20-01
Airport Amnesty Boxes
Issue Date:08 January 2020Effective Date:08 January 2020
Index Category:Department Notice
This directive delineates procedures for Department members related to the containers for the disposal of cannabis, known as amnesty boxes, located at O'Hare and Midway International Airports.
II.General Information
  • A.The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act permits adults in Illinois to possess a limited amount of cannabis effective 01 January 2020. Amnesty boxes placed at airports give travelers the option to comply with federal and other states' laws by anonymously disposing of cannabis before boarding a flight.
  • B.Department members will not require any person to deposit his or her property into an amnesty box.
  • C.Department members will not detain any person merely because he or she is suspected of depositing a legal amount of cannabis into an amnesty box.
  • D.Once a person has placed property into the amnesty box, it will not be returned.
  • A.The Commander, Airport Law Enforcement Section, will determine Standard Operating Procedures for the inspection and clearance of amnesty boxes.
  • B.The designated recovering member will generate a single event number to document the recovery of all amnesty boxes in an airport.
  • C.A supervisor will accompany the designated recovering member to clear each amnesty box.
  • D.All amnesty box contents will be placed into a large blue Evidence—Property Envelope (CPD-34.559-C).
  • E.When the clearance of amnesty boxes is completed, the recovering member and supervisor will, without delay, return to the Airport Law Enforcement Section facility to complete an inventory.
  • F.A single eTrack inventory number will be generated with the item type "Amnesty Box Content." Suspect controlled substances will be inventoried as "Amnesty Box Content" and not as "narcotics."
    The maximum items that may be entered on a single inventory in eTrack is seven. If the number of items exceeds seven, then multiple inventories will be created to document the contents of the amnesty boxes.
  • G.If the contents of amnesty boxes exceeds the space provided by a single large blue Evidence—Property Envelope (CPD-34.559-C) then a separate inventory will be created for each envelope.
  • H.The eTrack action taken will be "to be disposed of by custodian." The initial destination will be "167—ERPS" and the transport mode will be "police mail (courier)."
  • I.After obtaining supervisory approval of the inventory, the blue polyethylene Evidence—Property Envelope (CPD-34.559-C) will be sealed.
  • J.A single Lost and Found Case Report will document the clearance of all amnesty boxes in an airport. The I-UCR used will be 5071 with the "non-criminal" in the primary box and "found property" in the secondary box. "Found suspect narcotics" will not be used as a reporting classification, nor will a Vice Case Report be completed to describe the recovery of the contents of an amnesty box.
  • K.The inventoried amnesty box contents will not be deposited in a narcotics safe but will be held in a secure location designated by the Commander, Airport Law Enforcement Section.
  • L.A courier assigned to the Police Document Section will transport the inventoried amnesty box contents consistent the Department directive titled "Processing Property Under Department Control."
  • M.ERPS personnel will accept and dispose of the inventoried amnesty box contents consistent with Item V-H of the Department directive titled "Processing Property Under Department Control."
IV.Conflict Resolution
If this directive conflicts with any other Department directive, this directive will take precedence.
Charlie Beck
Interim Superintendent of Police
JJR 20-002