Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G05-06
Active Shooter Incident Plan
Issue Date:10 November 2015Effective Date:10 November 2015
Rescinds:16 August 2008 version
Index Category:Extraordinary Responses
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.continues the Active Shooter Incident Plan (ASIP).
  • B.outlines procedures and responsibilities in the event an ASIP is initiated.
  • C.introduces:
    • 1.the development of the Forward Command Post and Casualty Collection Point.
    • 2.the expansion of the Protected Area to retrieve injured victims (Diagram Attached).
Department members will refer to the Special Order titled "Active Shooter Incident Plan" for training and evaluation responsibilities.
II.Policy
In the event that an active shooter incident is identified, the Department will respond immediately; assess and contain the situation; ensure that any further threat is neutralized; protect the lives of victims threatened by the assailant(s); provide for rapid medical attention for critically injured; and secure medical aid for the injured.
III.General Information
  • A.The Active Shooter Incident Plan (ASIP) is designed to be utilized universally in response to any violent incident wherein an armed assailant(s) has remained on or near the scene and continues to present a threat to the safety of the citizens that requires rapid deployment as opposed to containment and negotiation. The Department's initial responsibility when responding to an Active Shooter Incident is to mitigate the violence and neutralize the threat.
    NOTE:
    Locations in which the Active Shooter Incident Plan may be utilized include, but are not limited to educational facilities, shopping malls, train stations, large building complexes, public venues, businesses, etc.
  • B.Department members entering the scene of an active shooter incident will:
    • 1.anticipate the probable presence of armed non-uniformed law enforcement officers serving as security.
    • 2.be aware of the possibility of any Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) , secondary devices, and additional offenders. If an IED or secondary device is discovered, the responding member will assess the situation, isolate the area, mark the location of the device, control access to the location, advise OEMC and responding units of the location of the device, and ensure the Bomb Squad is notified.
    • 3.if authorized, carry the Department-issued carbine or personal duty carbine to an active shooter incident. Department members will refer to Department Directive "Police Operator Carbine Operator."
IV.Procedures
  • A.Sworn members will not unreasonably endanger themselves or another person to conform to the procedures in this directive.
  • B.First on-site sworn Department member
    Upon being assigned to an Active Shooter Incident , the first sworn Department member (regardless of rank) arriving on the scene will:
    • 1.verify that there is a bona fide Active Shooter Incident taking place.
    • 2.request assistance through the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC).
    • 3.determine the location of the incident, suspect description and actions, and type(s) of weapon(s) used and immediately communicate that information to responding units.
    • 4.immediately upon the arrival of the first assist units, form a contact team , enter the location of the incident, as a team, and begin an active search to locate, isolate, secure, and neutralize the assailant(s).
      NOTE:
      These duties need to be completed immediately upon arrival in an effort to suppress further violence. As officers enter the location or discover wounded persons in and around the location, they will provide their exact locations to OEMC.
  • C.First on-site supervisor not assigned to the contact team
    The first supervisor on the scene not assigned to the contact team will:
    • 1.immediately determine the location of the first responding officers.
    • 2. manage the available on-scene resources and request additional resources as necessary.
    • 3.if necessary, designate additional contact teams and establish and maintain radio contact with the contact teams.
    • 4.designate a Security Team which will, as a team, enter the structure and secure a Protected Area .
    • 5.designate a Security Team Leader who will:
      • a.enter and manage the protected area.
      • b.continually assess the protected area for expansion. If the situation dictates ( i.e., location of victims; available resources), the protected area will be expanded by clearing additional areas and posting officers to secure the newly designated boundaries.
      • c.maintain communication with the Forward Command Post (FCP) to provide any additional information on victims, expansion of the protected area, and any barricaded or locked doorways.
    • 6.establish a Forward Command Post (FCP) located near the outside of the structure with secured access to the Protected Area.
    • 7.designate a communications officer to be assigned to the FCP.
    • 8.establish a Casualty Collection Point (CCP) located within the Protected Area.
    • 9.notify OEMC of the locations of the Forward Command Post (FCP) and the Casualty Collection Point (CCP).
    • 10.ensure a clear access route is maintained for medical personnel to the Casualty Collection Point (CCP) and contact OEMC to establish an outer perimeter.
    • 11. allow CFD members to enter into the protected area, for treatment and removal of the critically injured.
    • 12.once relieved as the Incident Commander, remain in command of the FCP to coordinate the efforts of the Protected Area, Casualty Collection Point, and clear access route.
  • D.Initial Incident Commander
    The first on-site supervisor designated as Incident Commander will:
    • 1.designate a communications car to be assigned to the mobilization area . The supervisor will ensure the communications car continually documents:
      • a.the locations of injured civilians and officers within and around the location.
      • b.the beat number and time of arrival of each responding unit.
      • c.the nature and time of all supervisory requests and notifications.
      • d.other significant events or pertinent information.
    • 2.establish an inner and outer perimeter and notify OEMC.
    • 3.designate an intelligence team, which will, as a team:
      • a.proceed to the site's information area.
      • b.locate any video surveillance, floor plans, and needed keys to access any secured areas within the location.
      • c.secure the area, collect any pertinent information involving the incident, gather information from the Forward Command Post, and continue to notify OEMC and the Incident Commander of the status of the incident.
    • 4.obtain the Safe School Information Package , if applicable.
    • 5.establish a mobilization area, incident command post, and inform OEMC of their location. If the first responding supervisor needs to enter the location as part of a contact team, OEMC will assign an additional supervisor to the Forward Command Post and then assign the next responding supervisor to assume the role of the Incident Commander.
    • 6.identify the EMS triage area , notify OEMC, and coordinate with the ranking on-site CFD supervisor.
    • 7.maintain discipline in the use of firearms.
    • 8.identify and secure a victim area for the incident's victims, notify OEMC, and ensure that adequate police personnel are provided for evacuations, if necessary.
    • 9.determine if a line of communication has been established with an administrative office or on-site security officers. Upon establishing communication, gather intelligence from the FCP supervisor as to the number and location of victims as well as any information regarding the assailant(s).
    • 10.assign necessary personnel to ensure that access routes are open for responding personnel.
    • 11.establish a media briefing area and family briefing area and notify OEMC of their location.
  • E.District Station Supervisor
    Upon notification of a confirmed Active Shooter Incident , the district station supervisor in the district of occurrence will ensure:
    • 1.that telephone contact with the affected site's administrative or security office is established by district desk personnel to gather intelligence information for the on-site incident commander . If possible, communication with the affected site will be maintained for the purpose of threat assessment.
    • 2.ensure that the District Commander and the appropriate area deputy chief, Bureau of Patrol, are promptly notified.
    • 3.obtain a copy of the Safe School Information Package and pertinent safety information regarding the location, including information from the Facility Information Management System (FIMS) , if applicable.
  • F.Field Lieutenant
    The assigned field lieutenant will:
    • 1.respond to the scene and formally assume the role of Incident Commander until relieved by a member of higher rank from the Bureau of Patrol.
      NOTE:
      When a field lieutenant is unavailable and the watch operations lieutenant is available, the watch operations lieutenant will assume the duties of the field lieutenant.
    • 2.ensure that all duties listed in Items IV-A through IV-D of this directive have been completed.
    • 3.determine if there is adequate manpower on and responding to the scene.
    • 4.ensure that a leader is designated from the contact team , security team , and the intelligence team .
    • 5.ensure that a manager is designated to each of the following tasks or locations to supervise the:
      • a.movement and safe evacuation of victims, ensuring that there is adequate personnel to safely move all evacuees and secure the victim area.
      • b.coordination of efforts at the staging area, including directing responding assist units as to their roles and locations of assignment.
  • G.District Commander
    The district commander will:
    • 1.respond to the scene of all confirmed Active Shooter Incidents and formally assume the role as Incident Commander unless relieved by appropriate area deputy chief, Bureau of Patrol.
    • 2.ensure that all of the duties listed in Items IV-A through IV-F of this directive are completed.
    • 3.submit a Recorded Voice Transmissions Request Form (OEMC-109) to OEMC at the completion of the incident.
  • H.District Executive Officer
    In the absence of the district commander, the district executive officer will assume the duties of the district commander listed in Item G of this directive.
  • I.Area Deputy Chief, Bureau of Patrol
    The assigned area deputy chief, Bureau of Patrol, will:
    • 1.respond to all confirmed Active Shooter Incidents within their command.
    • 2.upon arrival, formally assume the role as Incident Commander and ensure that all duties listed in Items IV-A through IV-H of this directive are completed.
  • J.Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
    OEMC will:
    • 1.upon notification of any Active Shooter Incident that involves an armed assailant(s):
      • a.assign, at minimum, four officers.
      • b.assign a Bureau of Patrol field sergeant. If available, this sergeant will be from the district of occurrence.
      • c.simulcast the dispatch via Citywide 1, clearly stating the location of the incident and location type.
    • 2.upon notification that an Active Shooter Incident is confirmed, either through first responding officers or members of the community calling 911:
      • a.assign additional district personnel to form the required contact, security, and intelligence strike teams, as necessary.
      • b.assign the following district personnel to report to the mobilization area :
        • (1)an additional field supervisor,
        • (2)all available tactical and gang personnel, including supervisors.
      • c.simulcast over Citywide 1 the occurrence of a confirmed Active Shooter Incident and provide the location and location type, requesting that all available Special Operations Response Team (SORT) personnel respond.
      • d.notify the SWAT Unit 24-hour desk.
      • e.dispatch EMS, as needed.
      • f.notify the following units, detailing the circumstances, mobilization area, incident command post , and any other pertinent information:
        • (1)Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC).
        • (2)Appropriate District Commander.
        • (3)Appropriate Area Deputy Chief, Bureau of Patrol.
        • (4)District station supervisor of the district of occurrence.
        • (5)Bomb Tech Unit.
        • (6)Special Functions Division.
        • (7)Forensic Services Division.
        • (8)The appropriate Bureau of Detectives area.
        • (9)Office of News Affairs.
        • (10)The Chicago Board of Education Emergency Control Center, if appropriate.
      • g.switch the primary communications to an alternate citywide channel, if applicable.
      • h.maintain a running log indicating the following locations and information:
        • (1)current and all previously assigned as Incident Commander .
        • (2)the information area .
        • (3)the mobilization area .
        • (4)the incident command post .
        • (5)the inner and outer perimeters .
        • (6)the Casualty Collection Point .
        • (7)the Protected Area .
        • (8)the Forward Command Post (FCP) .
        • (9)the EMS triage area .
        • (10)the location of injured civilians and police personnel.
        • (11)the victim area .
        • (12)the media briefing area .
        • (13)the family briefing area .
  • K.Support Personnel
    Upon notification of a confirmed Active Shooter Incident , outside assisting units will operate in the following manner:
    • 1.All available SORT personnel will:
      • a.respond to the scene, notifying the appropriate radio zone, and providing their beat number and estimated time of arrival.
      • b.upon arrival at the scene, report to supervisor at the (FCP).
      NOTE:
      All SWAT personnel will report to the command post.
    • 2.The commanding officer of the Bomb Tech Unit will ensure that two explosive technicians are assigned to respond to the scene.
    • 3.The appropriate Bureau of Detectives area will assign a sergeant and a team of detectives who will respond to the scene. The team will interview any victims and witnesses for the follow-up investigation at the victim area .
    • 4.The Commander, Forensic Services Division, will ensure the assignment of a supervisor and Mobile Unit personnel to respond to the scene. The responding Forensic Services Division supervisor will determine, in coordination with the responding Bureau of Detectives supervisor, the need for the deployment of the Evidence Response Team.
V.Chain of Command
  • A.The highest-ranking member of the Bureau of Patrol at the scene will act as the Incident Commander until formally relieved by a higher ranking member of the Bureau of Patrol.
  • B.Unless otherwise directed by the Superintendent, the ultimate responsibility for the conduct of this plan lies with the appropriate area deputy chief, Bureau of Patrol.
VI.Conflict Resolution
If any procedure of this directive conflicts with the Department directive entitled "Preliminary Investigations," this directive will take precedence.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised.)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
14-022 TSS
GLOSSARY TERMS:
1. -
A violent incident, not limited to a threat involving a firearm, wherein an armed assailant(s) has remained on or near the scene and continues to present a threat to the safety of citizens that requires rapid deployment as opposed to containment and negotiation.
2. -
An explosive device fabricated in an improvised manner incorporating destructive, lethal, noxious, pyrotechnic, or incendiary chemicals and designed to destroy or incapacitate people or vehicles.
3. -
A team of two to five officers that responds to an active shooter incident and, as a team, enters the location of the incident and begins an active search to locate, isolate, secure, and neutralize the assailant(s).
4. -
A team of multiple officers designated by the FIRST supervisor on-scene not assigned to contact team that responds to an active shooter incident. The team enters the location of the incident and establishes and provides security to the Protected Area.
5. -
A secure area within the incident scene/structure where victims are located or transported to where medical personnel will provide urgent care for the critically injured. The Protected Area may continually expand as the situation dictates (i.e., location of victims, available resources, etc), by clearing additional areas and posting officers to secure the newly designated boundaries.
6. -
A secured location near the outside of the structure designated by the FIRST supervisor on-scene not assigned to the contact team, that is used to support the Protected Area and Casuality Collection Point.
7. -
A location, designated within the Protected Area, where critically injured would be assembled for urgent critical care while waiting on evacuation. The casualty collection points should be secure locations that are accessible to CFD members yet close enough to the point of injury to minimize physical transportation of the critically injured.
8. -
Responsible for the overall response to the incident, including the use of resources, development of strategies, and incident operations.
  • A.(Active Shooter Incident) The on-site Department member in overall command of the incident who is responsible for the implementation of the Active Shooter Incident Plan.
  • B.(Critical Incident) - The highest ranking fire official at the scene of a declared disaster, critical incident, or haz-mat incident.
9. -
A secure location where all responding units will report for briefing, assignment, and equipment. The manager, whose primary function is to provide intelligence and direction to responding units, is designated by the Incident Commander.
10. -
A package that contains information on a particular school including, but not limited to, the Safe School Plan Information Sheet, floor plans for the school buildings, and a map of the surrounding area.
11. -
A secure position where the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) will establish a triage area.
12. -
A secure location near the incident site where victims can be transported.
13. -
An area designated for the media to assemble and receive information concerning the incident.
14. -
A secure position outside the inner perimeter for the briefing of victim's family members by Department personnel.
15. -
A database used within the CLEAR System as the depository for information on locations throughout the City of Chicago. Information stored in FIMS includes, but is not limited to, contact information of key personnel, information about the location structure and contents, and plans and/or photographs of the location. Information in FIMS is accessible on a need to know basis to personnel approved by the Commander, Deployment Operations Center Section.
16. -
A team of officers that responds to an active shooter incident and, as a team, proceeds to the location's information area.
17. -
A secure position where the Incident Commander directs the operation.
18. -
  • A.A secure area within or in close proximity to the incident site where additional information can be obtained to assist responding officers.
    NOTE:
    This may be a security office, administrator's office, or engineer's office and this information area may be a distance away from where the violent incident is occurring or where the assailant(s) is located.
19. -
  • A.(Crime Scene) The immediate area within the outer perimeter of a crime scene where evidentiary material is likely to be collected. This area will be secured with red crime scene barrier tape, imprinted with the legend "DO NOT ENTER" or "DANGER - DO NOT ENTER".
  • B.(General Incident) The immediate area of containment as designated by the incident commander.
  • C.(Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Incidents) The immediate area of containment as designated by the officer in charge. This area is initially manned by responding beat personnel until relieved by members of the containment team.
20. -
  • A.(Crime Scene) The area of a crime scene extending large enough for field personnel to conduct a thorough investigation. This area will be secured with yellow crime scene barrier tape. The outer perimeter will encompass the inner perimeter.
  • B.(General Incident) A peripheral control area surrounding the inner perimeter, providing a safe zone for access to the inner perimeter as well as defining the limit of access by unauthorized persons.
  • C.(SWAT Incident) A peripheral control area surrounding the inner perimeter, providing a safe zone for access to the inner perimeter as well as defining the limit of access by unauthorized persons.
  • D.(As related to a Hazardous Material Incident) The outer boundary of the Restricted Zone established to control access.