Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G01-02-03
Organization and Functions of the Bureau of Patrol
Issue Date:31 August 2018Effective Date:31 August 2018
Rescinds:10 May 2018 Version
Index Category:Department Organization
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes the organization and functions of the Bureau of Patrol.
  • B.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standards Chapter 11.
II.Organizational and Functional Responsibilities
  • A.The Bureau of Patrol is commanded by a chief who reports directly to the First Deputy Superintendent. The chief is assisted by an executive officer the rank of deputy chief.

    The Bureau of Patrol also consists of the following:
    • 1.Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program, which is commanded by a coordinator who reports directly to the Chief, Bureau of Patrol, consistent with the Department directive titled "Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program."
    • 2.Field Training and Evaluation Section, which is commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Chief, Bureau of Patrol, consistent with the Department directive titled "Field Training and Evaluation Program."
  • B.The bureau is responsible for general field operations, including the protection of life and property; apprehension of criminals; and enforcement of traffic laws and ordinances.
  • C.The bureau consists of the following:
    • 1.Bureau of Patrol Areas
      The twenty-two police districts are organized into three police areas. Each police area is commanded by an area deputy chief who reports directly to the Executive Officer. Each area deputy chief is assisted by an executive officer the rank of commander. Each police district is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the appropriate area deputy chief. Each district is provided with personnel and support service to staff three watches, tactical teams, and a community relations office. Areas are organized as follows:
      • a.BOP Area North: Districts 011, 014, 015, 016, 017, 019, 020, 024, and 025;
      • b.BOP Area South: Districts 004, 005, 006, 007, and 022;
      • c.BOP Area Central: Districts 001, 002, 003, 008, 009, 010, 012, and 018.
        NOTE:
        District 001 also consists of the Central Detention Section. This section processes and maintains custody of arrestees held in central lockup; transports arrestees to courts and institutions; and provides transportation for persons in multiple arrest situations.
    • 2.Special Functions Division
      The mission of the Special Functions Division is to support Bureau of Patrol operations. The Special Functions Division is commanded by a deputy chief who reports directly to the Executive Officer, Bureau of Patrol. The deputy chief is assisted by an executive officer the rank of commander. The division consists of the following units:
      • a.Airport Law Enforcement Section
        The Airport Law Enforcement Section is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Division. This section provides specialized patrol coverage to airport terminals and outlying properties; regulates vehicular and pedestrian traffic; and works in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Transportation Safety Administration Bureau, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in various airport/dignitary functions.
      • b.Public Transportation Section
        The Public Transportation Section is commanded by a commander who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Division. This section provides patrol security for the CTA Rapid Transit System within City limits and other CTA vehicles and facilities as directed by the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Division.
      • c.Traffic Section
        The Traffic Section, commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Division, is responsible for traffic enforcement and accident investigations on Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago Skyway; providing traffic escort services when required; providing intersection control, regulation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and parking enforcement in the Loop area; and traffic and crowd control management at sports, entertainment venues, and special events.
      • d.Mounted Unit
        The Mounted Unit provides specialized mounted patrol in selected areas of the City where such patrol can be used effectively.
      • e.Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
        The SWAT Unit consists of specially trained personnel who respond to incidents consistent with the Department directives titled "Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Incidents" and "Search Warrants." The SWAT unit also consists of the:
        • (1)Bomb Squad, which responds to all bomb-related incidents and threats consistent with the Department directive titled "Bomb Incidents."
        • (2)Specialty Vehicle Team.
      • f.Marine/Helicopter Unit
        The Marine/Helicopter Unit is commanded by a commanding officer who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Division, and provides the following services:
        • (1)The Marine Operations component of the unit provides specialized marine operations consistent with Department policy, such as water-based law enforcement and Homeland Security patrols and search, rescue, and recovery operations where specialized equipment is required.
        • (2)The Helicopter Operations component of the unit is a regional helicopter operations program in conjunction with the Cook County Sheriff's Police providing coverage to all of Cook County. The component provides Department members with air support to enhance crime deterrence and prevention; tracking of targets through focused aerial patrol; enhanced response time by quickly delivering personnel and equipment to incident scenes; and critical communication across multiple agencies and jurisdictions. Requests for Helicopter Operations from outside of Cook County go through the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System call out procedures.
      • g.Troubled Building Unit
        The Troubled Building Unit is commanded by a commanding officer who reports to the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Division. Activities of the unit include training, monitoring, and providing support for area drug- and gang-house officers and district vacant-building officers; administering the vacant building program that ensures proper preparation of cases for administrative hearings; staffing the troubled building investigative team that provides enforcement activity at targeted problem-building locations; and assisting with property inspections and strengthening court cases by maintaining a liaison with other City agencies, including the Office of the Mayor, Department of Law, and the Department of Buildings.
      • h.Canine Unit
        The Canine Unit provides specialized canine services and patrols consistent with the Department directive titled "Canine Teams."
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised.)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
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