Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G04-01-02
Investigations – Chicago Public Schools
Issue Date:29 September 1988Effective Date:29 September 1988
Rescinds:D88-45
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive provides guidelines for Department members conducting a preliminary or follow-up investigation in a Chicago Public School or adjacent Board of Education property, e.g., school grounds, playgrounds, etc., during the time periods when the school is in session.
II.General Information
  • A.The Board of Education has a policy of fully cooperating with law enforcement personnel conducting investigations within schools or adjacent Board of Education properties during hours while classes are in session.
  • B.School officials including a principal or his designee are responsible for:
    • 1.verifying the official identification of a Department member assigned to citizen’s dress duty who enters a school for the purpose of interviewing, interrogating or arresting a student.
    • 2.providing the parents or guardian with a prompt notification whenever a Department member requests to interview, interrogate or take into custody a student in a school.
    • 3.substituting for the parents or guardian during the interview or interrogation of a student by a Department member whenever the parents or guardian of the student cannot be notified or are unavailable to respond to the school.
    • 4.notifying the parents or guardian of the student concerning the results of the interview or interrogation of the student.
    • 5.releasing a student to the custody of a department member in all instances whenever the responsible member has reasonable grounds and/or probable cause to arrest a student for a violation of the law or when there is an outstanding arrest warrant for a student.
III.Member's Responsibilities
A Department member conducting a preliminary and/or follow-up investigation in a Chicago Public School during a time period when school is in session will:
  • A.in other than cases of emergency, proceeds directly to the principal’s office upon entry to a school.
  • B.identify himself to the responsible school official whenever assigned to citizen’s dress duty.
  • C.describe the member’s purpose for entering the school and request to interview and/or interrogate a named student(s).
  • D.allow the school principal or his/her designee a reasonable amount of time to notify the parents or guardian of the student prior to beginning the interview or interrogation.
  • E.postpone the interview and/or interrogation of the named student temporarily pending a prompt response by the parents or guardian to the school.
  • F.permit the school principal or his/her designee to be present in the room in the school during the interview and/or interrogation of the student whenever the parents or guardian cannot be notified or they are unavailable to promptly respond to the school.
  • G.ensure that:
    • 1.the responsible member’s supervisor has been notified, when practicable, whenever a student is being taken into custody.
    • 2.there are reasonable grounds/probable cause present whenever a student is being taken into custody for a violation of the law or there is an outstanding arrest warrant for a student.
    • 3.a student who is taken into custody is provided with the Miranda Warnings prior to any questioning.
  • H.advise the school principal or his/her designee relative to the location to which the student arrestee will be transported for further processing to facilitate a subsequent notification by the school principal or his/her designee to the parents or guardian of the student.
  • I.be responsible for notifying the parents or guardian of the arrested student of the location of the police facility to which the student has been transported for further processing.
  • J.be aware of the professional responsibilities of school officials to provide for the safety and well-being of all students in their care and to therefore conduct themselves in such a manner as to minimize any disruption of the school’s normal operations.
LeRoy Martin
Superintendent of Police
88-074 RGB(mmd)