Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U04-01-06
Crossing Guard Uniforms/Equipment
Issue Date:07 July 2015Effective Date:07 July 2015
Rescinds:Version 22 February 2012, U3.0837
Index Category:Uniform and Personal Equipment
I.Purpose
This directive sets forth the uniform requirements and seasonal uniform configurations for Crossing Guards.
II.Uniform and Appearance Requirements
  • A.Individual Requirements
    All crossing guards are required to:
    • 1.own all prescribed uniform items for their position which are specified by provisions of this directive and the Uniforms and Equipment Specifications.
    • 2.comply with the uniform standards and specifications established by this and related directives.
    • 3.appear neatly attired, properly equipped and clean in person while on duty.
      • a.All clothing will be clean and in good repair.
      • b.Hair will be neatly combed. Females will not wear hair below the bottom edge of the collar. Males will keep hair neatly trimmed, and will not wear hair below the upper edge of the collar, nor covering any part of the ear. A mustache is permitted if neatly trimmed, not excessively bushy, not extended below the lips, and not curled; sideburns will be neatly trimmed and will not extend below the ear.
      • c.No umbrellas, canes, or other articles will be carried unless otherwise authorized.
      • d.Unexposed items (billfolds, keys, etc.) are authorized.
    • 4.wear or carry only items defined by this directive as:
      • a.Prescribed - A required item of uniform or equipment which must be worn, used, carried or be readily available.
      • b.Optional - An item of uniform or equipment which is not required, but may be used, worn or carried.
      • c.Alternate - An item of uniform or equipment which may be used/worn in lieu of a prescribed item.
        NOTE:
        Crossing guards are responsible for purchasing uniforms at their own expense within two pay periods after employment, but in no case to exceed 45 days. Specifications for uniforms and insignia will be developed by the Research and Development Division and distributed to local retail uniform establishments.
  • B.Adherence to Uniform Standards
    • 1.The prescribed winter uniform will be worn 01 November through 30 April.
    • 2.The prescribed spring/fall uniform will be worn from 01 May through 31 May and from 01 October through 31 October.
    • 3.The prescribed summer uniform (short sleeve shirt with an open collar) will be worn 01 June through 30 September. However, members may choose to wear the long sleeve shirt. In this case, the shirt will be buttoned at the collar and a uniform tie will be worn.
      NOTE:
      While on duty, crossing guards will wear the Traffic Safety Vest anytime the short sleeve shirt or the long sleeve shirt is worn as the outer garment.
    • 4.Weather exceptions are as follows:
      • a.Whenever the temperature in Chicago rises above 70 degrees prior to 01 June or after 30 September, the long sleeve shirt and tie may be worn as the outer garment.
      • b.Whenever the temperature in Chicago rises above 80 degrees prior to 01 June or after 30 September, the uniform short sleeve shirt without tie and may be worn as the outer garment.
      • c.When the short sleeve shirt is the authorized outer garment and the weather becomes unseasonably cool, a spring/fall outer garment may be worn. The shirt collar will be buttoned and the uniform tie will be worn.
        NOTE:
        The Three-Season High Visibility Jacket may be worn without the fleece lining.
      • d.Whenever the temperature in Chicago rises above 50 degrees, a spring/fall outer garment may be substituted for the winter outer garment.
        NOTE:
        Effective 01 January 2015 the Three-Season High Visibility Jacket is the prescribed outer garment for spring/fall and winter.
      • e.Whenever the temperature in Chicago falls below 50 degrees, a winter outer garment may be worn.
    • 5.All supervisors have the responsibility and authority to ensure that uniform standards are strictly observed by crossing guards. Commanding officers / station supervisors will direct crossing guards to replace items which do not meet specifications or are worn beyond serviceability. Appropriate action will be taken when crossing guards fail to meet prescribed uniform requirements.
    • 6.Any exposed item is subject to inspection by supervisory personnel. Inspection of uniform apparel may include a visual inspection of manufacturer / approved labels.
  • C.Service Tenure (Bars and Stars)
    • 1.Designation
      All crossing guards will wear service bar(s) and/or star(s) on specific garments upon completion of the following periods of service:
      • a.5 years - 1 Bar.
      • b.10 years - 2 Bars.
      • c.15 years - 3 Bars.
      • d.20 years - Gold Star.
      • e.25 years - Gold Star and 1 Bar.
      • f.30 years - Gold Star and 2 Bars.
      • g.35 years - Gold Star and 3 Bars.
      • h.40 years - 2 Gold Stars.
    • 2.Display
      • a.Bar(s) and/or star(s) will be worn on the uniform blouse for members hired before 01 January 2015.
      • b.The bar(s) and star(s) will be worn on the left sleeve, centered, and with the bottom bar or star placed exactly 3 inches from the edge of the sleeve.
      • c.When length of service exceeds 25 years, the bottom service bar will be positioned 1/2 inch above the star. When two stars are authorized, the second star will be positioned 1/2 inch above the first.
    • 3.The nameplate and unit assignment designator will be worn on the right-hand side of the shirt or outer garment, level with the bottom edge of the badge.
  • D.Special Events Authorization
    • 1.The uniform for all crossing guards assigned to special events or formal occasions will be specified by the officer who issues the order establishing the assignment of personnel. Normally, the uniform will be the seasonally prescribed uniform. However, weather conditions may necessitate alteration of the uniform configuration.
    • 2.Weather exceptions for crossing guards will not apply unless stated.
    • 3.Prescribed white gloves may be specified whenever the spring/fall or winter uniform is authorized.
  • E.Authority to Modify
    • 1.The First Deputy Superintendent may modify prescribed seasonal uniforms.
    • 2.When uniform modifications are anticipated by the First Deputy Superintendent, members of the Research and Development Division may be requested to assist in determining feasibility.
    • 3.When a uniform modification is adopted, a written bureau directive will be issued. A copy will be forward to the Research and Development Division, Uniform and Equipment Section, for purposes of adequately updating the Uniforms and Equipment Specifications.
    • 4.Items of uniform or equipment which are not listed in this directive, or not authorized for modification, must be evaluated by the Uniform and Personal Equipment Policy Committee for possible approval by the Superintendent of Police.
  • F.Miscellaneous Authorization / Exemptions and Prohibitions
    • 1.While on duty, crossing guards will carry the identification card issued by the Department. Crossing guards will wear their badge, nameplate and unit designator in the correct upright position and location.
      NOTE:
      Service bar(s), star(s), badge, nameplate plate, and unit designator will not be worn on the raincoat or Three-Season High Visibility Jacket.
    • 2.While on duty, crossing guards will wear the Traffic Safety Vest anytime the short sleeve shirt, the long sleeve shirt, or blouse is worn as the outer garment.
    • 3.When assigned to duty, crossing guards will wear a complete uniform except while riding in a Department vehicle, the cap may be removed. Upon emerging from a vehicle, crossing guards will immediately complete their uniform by replacing the cap.
    • 4.Unless otherwise directed, all crossing guards may remove their winter or spring/fall outer garment, and cap when indoors. When an outer garment is removed, the prescribed badge, insignia, nameplate and unit assignment designator will be worn on the uniform shirt.
    • 5.The Director, Chicago Police Department Human Resources Division, is authorized to allow certain exceptions to uniform and equipment requirements for medical reasons. Exceptions require written authorization and a copy will be filed in the members unit of assignment.
    • 6.When the short sleeve shirt is the authorized outer garment, a crossing guard may wear a short sleeve, V-neck, scooped or crew neck white "T-shirt" under the uniform shirt. Turtle neck and mock turtle neck "T-shirts" are prohibited.
    • 7.Crossing guards who have received a Department award are encouraged to wear the ribbon bar(s) on their authorized outer garment.
      EXCEPTION:
      Awards will not be worn on the raincoat or Three-Season High Visibility Jacket.
    • 8.Crossing guards will not:
      • a.while off duty, wear the prescribed badge, identification card, unit assignment designator or any identifiable uniform garment except while en route to or from a duty assignment.
      • b.wear the uniform while on suspension.
      • c.wear suspenders exposed to view while in uniform.
      • d.wear shoes that are unshined, dirty or worn down at the heels.
      • e.wear a uniform cap from which the grommet has been removed or cut down.
      • f.fail to keep their uniform clothing clean, pressed and in good repair.
      • g.fail to wear proper uniform insignia, unit assignment designator and cap patch.
      • h.fail to keep uniform clothing buttoned.
      • i.fail to wear the uniform cap when in public (except inside a vehicle) or when required.
      • j.fail to wear black socks or prescribed hosiery with the uniform, except when in possession of a certificate from the Director, Chicago Police Department Human Resources Division.
      • k.turn up or roll the sleeves of their uniform shirt.
    • 9.Crossing guards will not wear any of the following items while on duty:
      • a.Earrings. However, plain gold-colored studs (posts) for pierced ears are authorized.
      • b.Any visible neck-chain, medal, medallion, or necklace.
      • c.Any visible wrist or ankle bracelet, including identification bracelets. A bracelet containing medical information may be worn.
      • d.More than three finger rings.
      • e.Any unauthorized flag, insignia, pin, or similar device.
    • 10.Crossing guards will not wear any tie bar, tie tack or tie chain unless it meets the following specifications: such items will be of white metal and without ornamentation or design. The tie bars vertical dimension will not exceed 1/4 inch. The horizontal dimension will not exceed the width of the tie. The chain thickness will not exceed 1/8 inch. Tie tacks will not be larger than 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch.
    • 11.A single, metal or plastic replica, appropriately colored, flag of the United States of America or the City of Chicago is authorized to be worn as a pin, tie bar, or tie tack.
      • a.When a flag is worn as a pin, it will have a clasp or post-type back.
      • b.As a pin, a flag will be worn on the lower right corner of the left pocket flap whenever the uniform shirt is worn as the outer garment. When a crossing guard is wearing an outer garment other than the shirt, a flag pin may be worn on the lower corner of the left collar.
      • c.When a flag is worn on the tie bar, the bar will be of plain white metal no more than 1/4 inch in height.
      • d.Flags may be displayed as either waving or fully extended.
      • e.Flags will not be larger than 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch.
      • f.When worn, a flag will be displayed in its conventional upright position.
III.Inspections
  • A.Spring/Fall Uniform
    • 1.District commanders will conduct an annual formal inspection of the spring/fall uniform, including rainwear, between 1 and 10 May.
    • 2.Absentees and uniforms requiring correction will be individually inspected at the district commanders direction. Any deficiencies will be corrected within 7 days of the inspection.
  • B.Winter Uniform
    • 1.District commanders will conduct an annual formal inspection of the winter uniform between 1 and 10 November.
    • 2.Absentees and uniforms requiring correction will be individually inspected at the district commanders direction. Any deficiencies will be corrected within 7 days of the inspection.
  • C.Special Events
    Supervisory personnel will inspect crossing guards under their command at all special events.
IV.Department Equipment
  • A.Improper use of Department equipment includes:
    • 1.unauthorized modification or alteration of Department equipment.
    • 2.the exchange or loan of the prescribed badge.
  • B.Procedures pursuant to death, separation, termination, suspension, leave of absence or transfer to disability rolls.
    • 1.If physically capable, crossing guards will ensure the prompt return of all Department issued items including, but not limited to, identification card and badge.
    • 2.If a suspension, leave of absence or transfer to disability pension rolls is known or anticipated to be longer than 30 days, the affected member will immediately deliver all Department issued items to their district supervisor.
      • a.District commanders will forward the:
        • (1)affected members personnel records and Department issued items to the Human Resources Division unless otherwise notified.
        • (2)final paycheck to the Finance Division if not picked up within five working days.
      • b.In the event of separation or termination, the above procedure will be followed for the return of all Department issued items.
      • c.In case of death or resignation, the responsible district commander will ensure the prompt return of all Department issued items to the Human Resources Division. The personnel records of the crossing guard will be forwarded to the Human Resources Division. The crossing guards final paycheck will be retained in the district for five working days pending return of all Department issued items. If all items are not returned, the check will be forwarded to the Finance Division.
    • 3.If a suspension or leave of absence is less than 30 days, all Department issued items and all personnel records pertaining to the crossing guard will be retained in the assigned district.
V.Seasonal Uniform Configurations
CROSSING GUARDSSEASONAL UNIFORMS
 SUMMERSPRING/FALLWINTER
ABBREVIATION IDENTIFIER: P = PRESCRIBED; O = OPTIONAL; A=ALTERNATE   
ITEM TITLESPEC. NO.   
Awards
1. Medals See Related Directives..............................
2. Ribbon Bars.........................................................

U06-05*
U06-05*

O
O

O
O

O
O
Ball Point Pen With Black Ink ..................................U2.0112*PPP
Belt - Trouser (Prescribed Only When Trousers Are Worn)U2.0512*PPP
Blouse - See Coats or High Visibility Outerwear............    
Boots - See Footwear    
Caps
1. Vinyl, Round Crown - Male ...................................
2. Vinyl, Round Crown - Female ...............................
3. Mesh, Round Crown - Male ..................................
4. Mesh, Round Crown - Female ..............................
5. Cloth, Trooper - No Longer Available for Purchase Effective 01 January 2015
6. High Visibility Trooper Cap .......................................

U3.0935
U3.0936
U3.0935
U3.0936
U3.0118*

U06-03-12

P
P
O
O


P
P



P
P


O

O
Cap Covers - See High Visibility Outerwear    
Coats
1. Blouse - No Longer Available for Purchase Effective 01 January 2015
a. Male..............................................................
b. Female..........................................................
2. Overcoat -No Longer Available for Purchase Effective 01 January 2015
a. Male.............................................................
b. Female.........................................................
3. Three-Season High Visibility Jacket - Prescribed jacket for all crossing guards hired on or after 01 January 2015
a. Male/Female..................................................



U3.0935
U3.0936


U3.0935
U3.0936


U06-03-12
 


P
P






P







P
P


P
Ear Protection ........................................................U5.0118* OO
Footwear
1.Shoes...................................................................
2.Boots, Wellington, etc. (Without Toe Seam)............

U06-01-10*
U06-02-07

P
A

P
A

P
A
Gloves
1. White - Prescribed - To Be Worn When Specified......

U7.1215*



High Visibility Outerwear - Item Prescribed, Use Optional
(Recommended to Be Worn in Darkness,
Obscured Visibility, Inclement Weather)

Raincoat -Male/Female...........................................
Cap Cover................................................................



U06-03-12
U06-03-12



O
O



O
O



O
O
Identification Card...................................................U01-01*PPP
Insignia
1. Badge.................................................................
2. Patch - Cap.........................................................
3. Patch - Shoulder..................................................
4. Service Bars and Stars........................................

U3.0935
U3.0935
U3.0935
U4-01-06

P
P
P
P

P
P
P
P

P
P
P
Keyring Loop & Strap...............................................U11.0525*OOO
Mourning Band (See Specification for
Operational Wear Details).........................................

U06-02-40
   
Muffler (Black).........................................................U13.2106*  O
Nameplate and Unit DesignatorU06-01-16*PPP
Neckties
1. Male/Female................................................................
2. Female - No Longer Available for Purchase Effective 01 January 2015.................................................................

U14.0503*

U14.0504*
 
P

P

P

P
Overcoat - See Coats or High Visibility Outerwear    
Rainwear - See High Visibility Outerwear    
Scarf - See Muffler    
Service Bars and Stars - See Insignia    
Shirts (Blue)
1. Polyester Long/Short Sleeve - Male.......................
2. Polyester Long/Short Sleeve - Female...................

U3.0935
U3.0936

P
P

P
P

P
P
Skirt - Female - No Longer Available for Purchase Effective 01 January 2015 .........................................................
U19.1110

P

P

P
Socks (Black in Color, Worn With Trousers Only).......U19.1503*PPP
Stop Paddle - Octagonal Shape, 18 Inches Wide with Letters at Least 6 Inches High 
P

P

P
Suspenders (Unexposed).........................................U19.2119* O 
Traffic Safety Vest (Prescribed)................................U20.1801DPOO
Trousers
1. Polyester/Wool - Male..........................................
2. Polyester/Wool - Female......................................

U20.1816*
U20.1816*

P
A

P
A

P
A
Watch....................................................................U23.0100*PPP
Items indicated by italic/double underline were added/revised.
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
14-077 PJE