Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G01-02-01
Organization and Functions of the Office of the Superintendent
Issue Date:10 May 2018Effective Date:10 May 2018
Rescinds:08 December 2017 Version
Index Category:Department Organization
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes the organization and functions of the Office of the Superintendent.
  • B.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standards Chapters 11 and 15.
II.Organizational and Functional Units
  • A.Office of the Superintendent
    The Superintendent will administer the affairs of the of the Department as the Chief Administrative Officer. The Superintendent is responsible for the organization, promotion, and disciplinary action of all Department members. All policies, procedures, and notices issued for the Department will be incumbent upon the Superintendent. Annually, the Superintendent will prepare a Department budget covering the anticipated revenues and expenditures of the Department. In addition to the budget, the Superintendent will annually review and update the goals and objectives for the Department as well as each individual bureau. The established goals and objectives will be made available each year to Department members.
  • B.Office of the Chief of Staff
    The Office of the Chief of Staff is commanded by a chief who reports directly to the Superintendent. The Chief of Staff coordinates the timely implementation of policy that impacts the procedures, tactics, strategies, and doctrine of the Department; communicates with exempt members and others identified by the Superintendent to ensure the policies and directives of the Superintendent are being properly implemented; and performs other tasks as directed by the Superintendent.
  • C.Office of Reform Management
    The Office of Reform Management is commanded by a director who reports directly to the Superintendent. The office will serve as the Department’s liaison to the independent monitor, which will be appointed as part of the consent decree between the City and the Illinois Attorney General, and manages changes in the strategic direction of the Department. The office consists of project managers and analysts who manage projects that result from the consent decree, constitutional policing efforts, the Department’s strategic initiatives, and organizational development.
  • D.Office of Strategy
    The Office of Strategy is commanded by a director who reports directly to the Superintendent. The office works with other bureaus to develop, analyze, and evaluate projects within the Department's strategic plan including initiatives in crime, reform, and organizational development; measures progress and verifies compliance with reform mandates; and serves as a liaison with a limited number of partners outside the Department to accomplish strategic initiatives. The office consists of a data analytics unit that supports the creation and analysis of Department strategies and an internal audit unit that measures adherence to strategic initiatives and works with commanding officers of various units to improve compliance and performance.
  • E.Office of the Special Advisor for Community Affairs
    The Office of the Special Advisor of Community Affairs is commanded by a director who reports directly to the Superintendent. The special advisor serves as a liaison to the Superintendent to all Chicago communities, and provides strategic counsel on community relations and external affairs. Additionally, the special advisor coordinates and collaborates with the Department's Office of News Affairs on media opportunities to build and foster trust, accountability, and a true collaborative partnership among the community.
  • F.Office of the General Counsel
    The General Counsel to the Superintendent advises the Superintendent about legal and legislative matters and various labor agreements as they relate to the administration of the Department. The General Counsel is assisted by a Deputy Director. The General Counsel also serves as the liaison between the Department, legislative bodies, and other agencies. The office consists of the following sections:
    • 1.Legal Affairs Section
      The Legal Affairs Section is commanded by a first assistant general counsel who reports directly to the General Counsel to the Superintendent. The section is staffed by members who are attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. They respond to summonses, subpoenas, interrogatories, and discovery requests served on the Department and its members; upon written request, provide legal assistance to Department members concerning internal Departmental legal matters; conduct legal research and analysis; monitor pending legislation; and perform other law-related tasks as directed by the Superintendent or the General Counsel. The Legal Affairs Section provides assistance to the Office of the Corporation Counsel on police-related matters concerning civil suits, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hearings, and Police Board separation cases.
    • 2.Intergovernmental Affairs Section
      The Intergovernmental Affairs Section is commanded by a coordinator who reports directly to the General Counsel to the Superintendent. The section serves as the Department’s liaison for legislative issues including processing inquiries to and from the City Council, the Illinois General Assembly, and the United States Congress; supporting legislative initiatives before law- and rule-making bodies through the City of Chicago Department of Law and Intergovernmental Affairs Office; and other related tasks as directed by the Superintendent or the General Counsel.
    • 3.Management and Labor Affairs Section
      The Management and Labor Affairs Section is commanded by a director who reports directly to the General Counsel to the Superintendent. This section is responsible for Departmental activities specifically related to the various labor agreements, such as administering the Department's grievance procedures; providing input to command and supervisory personnel to facilitate a uniform implementation of the agreements; coordinating Departmental labor-relations activities with other governmental agencies; serving as liaison between the Department and the bargaining agents; and providing input into the development of Departmental directives and training programs to ensure they are in compliance with labor agreements.
    • 4.Freedom of Information Section
      This section reports directly to the General Counsel and is responsible for processing citizen requests to examine or obtain copies of public records maintained by the Department consistent with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and other applicable Illinois statutes.
  • G.Office of Communications
    The Office of Communications is commanded by a director who functions as Chief Communications Officer and reports directly to the Superintendent. The office serves as liaison between the Department and the news media relative to the following activities: gathering information on crimes, crime prevention, and police activities; writing press releases; administering the ride-along program for members of the news media; and the dissemination of information to the public through the news media. In addition, the director assists media crews in covering spot news and producing documentaries and ensuring Department members are available for media interviews consistent with Department policy. The Office of Communications consists of the following sections:
    • 1.Executive Communication Section
      The Executive Communication Section is commanded by a Deputy Director who reports directly to the Director, Office of Communications. The Executive Communication Section oversees the functions of the News Affairs Unit. News Affairs Unit

      The News Affairs Unit is commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Deputy Director, Executive Communication Section. The unit is responsible for the daily media inquiries that come into the Chicago Police Department specific to daily criminal incidents and coordinates positive media interviews involving sworn members. The unit is also responsible for daily social media posts, staffing all public media events, and serves as the chief FOIA liaison.
    • 2.Internal Communication Section
      The Internal Communication Section is commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Deputy Director, Executive Communications Section. This section is responsible for all communications to Chicago Police Department employees, including town hall events with command staff, PAX 501s, AMCs, and maintenance of AskHQ. The Internal Communication Section oversees the functions of the Video and Graphic Arts Unit. Video and Graphic Arts Unit

      The Video and Graphics Art Unit is commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the commanding officer, Internal Communication Section. This unit is responsible for taking photographs and video of public events, recording and editing videos for internal dissemination, and other projects as needed.
  • H.Office of Community Policing
    The Office of Community Policing is commanded by a deputy chief who reports directly to the Superintendent. The office communicates with all City departments, ensuring coordination of City services as they apply to the community-relations strategy and organizes community residents in furtherance of community-relations-related initiatives. The Office of Community Policing consists of the following sections:
    • 1.The Public Engagement Section, which is commanded by a director who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Office of Community Policing. This section consists of the following units:
      • a.The Field Operations Unit, which coordinates and facilities district law enforcement community policing efforts as they relate to interactions with community stakeholders, residents, business owners, and other community members consistent with the Department directive titled "Community Relations Strategy."
      • b.The Senior Services and Domestic Violence Unit, which is responsible for facilitating and coordinating law-enforcement services provided to the senior-citizen community and providing immediate, effective assistance and protection for domestic-violence victims and witnesses and, in liaison with the advocate community, coordinating Department-wide domestic violence training;
      • c.The Youth Services Unit, which is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Department's youth-related community policing activities directed towards prevention and intervention; and
      • d.The Preventive Programs and Court Advocacy Unit, which provides programs, lectures, displays, seminars, and crime prevention and safety tips to all citizens and community groups. This unit also promotes long-term impact on neighborhood safety by working with community members to identify and track court cases of interest to the community, providing support for victims and witness who testify in court, and sending a strong message to the defendant, judge, and other interested parties in the criminal justice system that the community is invested in the outcome of these cases.
    • 2.The Community Outreach Section, which is commanded by a deputy director who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Office of Community Policing. This section consists of the following units:
      • a.The Special Activities Unit, which provides assistance to sworn members and their families when members are killed or seriously injured; assists with the filing of appropriate local, state, and federal claims for benefits on behalf of the survivors of eligible deceased members; submits pertinent reports to the City Council Committee on Finance regarding line-of-duty deaths; serves as liaison to the 100 Club of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department Gold Star Families; arranges and conducts tours of Department facilities; responds to inquiries regarding Department operations; administers the ride-along program within police districts for other than news media representatives consistent with the Department directive titled "Ride-Along Program"; promotes and conducts Department-sponsored charitable events; coordinates visits of Department guests as directed by the Superintendent; serves as liaison to outside agencies involved in police projects; promotes and conducts various programs of interest to Department members; coordinates the Department's blood-donor programs; serves as the Department’s liaison with Lifesource; and serves as the liaison to Department retirees;
      • b.The Civil Rights Unit, which is primarily responsible for the investigation of reported hate crimes working in conjunction with the Bureau of Patrol, Bureau of Detectives, and Youth Investigations Division;
      • c.The Honor Guard Team, which is comprised of Department members who are specifically trained and uniformed for ceremonial services during an honors funeral or other event as determined by the Superintendent and consistent with the Department directive titled "Honors for Deceased Members"; and
      • d.The School Visitation Unit, which coordinates school-based programs consistent with the Department directives titled "Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.AR.E.) Program" "Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) Program," and "Officer Friendly Program."
  • I.Bureau of Internal Affairs
    The Bureau of Internal Affairs is commanded by a chief who reports directly to the Superintendent. The chief is assisted by an executive officer the rank of deputy chief who oversees the functions of the Administrative, Intake/Analytical, Advocate, and Records Sections. The bureau coordinates and exercises supervision over disciplinary matters involving alleged or suspected violations of statutes, ordinances, and Department rules and directives; coordinates the assignment of complaint register investigations and serves as a repository for all Department records of complaint register investigations; conducts overt and covert field investigations; and is responsible for detecting corrupt practices involving Department members. This bureau also coordinates with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) on disciplinary matters that affect members and ensures the consistent administration of bargaining agreement rights for members represented by existing labor agreements.
    The bureau consists of the following divisions:
    • 1.Investigations Division
      The Investigations Division is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs. The division conducts investigations consistent with the mission of the bureau. The division consists of the General Investigations Section, Special Investigations Section, and Case Management Office.
    • 2.Confidential Investigations Division
      The Confidential Investigations Division is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs. The division conducts investigations which can be long-term, covert in nature, and involve allegations of Department members’ involvement in criminal activity. The division consists of the following:
      • a.Confidential Investigations Section
        The Confidential Investigations Section may combine efforts with outside agencies to engage in cooperative investigations. This section also maintains a liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Assigned investigations include but are not limited to organized crime, racketeering, narcotics sales and trafficking, residency violations, integrity checks, allegations of coercion, financial crimes, internet and social media investigations, sexual crimes, criminal perjury, and any other investigations as directed by the Chief or a commander of the Bureau of Internal Affairs.
      • b.
        Medical Integrity Section
        The Medical Integrity Section is commanded by a sergeant who reports directly to the Commander, Confidential Investigations Division. This section investigates allegations of medical roll fraud, waste, and abuse. It also maintains a liaison with the Department’s Medical Section. Assigned investigations include but are not limited to false reported injury, working secondary employment while on the medical roll, not following proper medical roll procedures or policies, compliance with work-restriction irregularities with injury or sickness versus time on medical roll, five or more medical events within a twelve-month period, and any other investigations as directed by the Chief or a commander of the Bureau of Internal Affairs.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were added or revised.)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
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