Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S02-04-09
Department of Buildings - Strategic Task Force
Issue Date:09 February 2018Effective Date:09 February 2018
Rescinds:23 December 1997 version; S10-04
Index Category:Gang and Narcotic Abatement
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.continues the participation of the Troubled Buildings Unit, Bureau of Patrol, in the City of Chicago Strategic Task Force (STF) City of Chicago Department of Buildings, and outlines the responsibilities of Department members who assist the Strategic Task Force (STF) during inspections.
  • B.introduces procedures for Drug and Gang House Enforcement Section (DGHES) Officers assigned to the Troubled Buildings Unit (TBU) to submit information regarding drug and gang related premises to the assistant corporation counsel, Department of Law, for prosecution under the City of Chicago Drug and Gang House Ordinance, MCC 8-4-090.
  • C.introduces procedures for Vacant Building Officers (VBOs) assigned to the Troubled Buildings Unit to address vacant buildings in violation of City of Chicago Ordinance, Chapter 13-12.
  • D.discontinues the use of the Department of Law Intake form as an instrument used by Department members to submit information regarding drug and gang related premises to the assistant corporation counsel, Department of Law.
  • E.outlines duties and responsibilities of district personnel.
II.General Information
  • A.The Chicago City Council established an administrative system to identify property owners and managers who encourage or permit unlawful drug and gang activities and related offenses to occur on their premises and to enforce the City of Chicago Drug and Gang House Ordinance, MCC 8-4-090. This Ordinance defines "drug and gang related premises" as any parcel of property and building or structure, if any, which is situated on the property, and any portion of the public way that abuts the parcel of property when it is used in conjunction with the abutting property for the commission of illegal activity. The DGHES will enforce the City of Chicago Drug and Gang House Ordinance.
  • B.The DGHES works with the City of Chicago Department of Law and the Department of Buildings to assist local communities in eradicating drug and gang houses from Chicago neighborhoods and address community problems correlated to drug and gang related premises.
  • C.The Strategic Task Force, the Troubled Buildings Unit, and the Bureau of Organized Crime will work in cooperation to make referrals for criminal prosecution to the City of Chicago Department of Law.
    NOTE:
    The assistant corporation counsel assigned to the Department of Law will make the final determination as to whether the City will prosecute select municipal code violations.
III.Responsibilities
  • A.Drug and Gang House Enforcement Section (DGHES) Officers assigned to the Troubled Buildings Unit and the Bureau of Organized Crime will:
    • 1.identify problem drug and gang buildings by conducting a visual and physical premise check of the exterior and other relevant areas in and around the property in question.
    • 2.identify, gather, and receive intelligence from Department resources, community sources, and other City agencies and take the appropriate actions relative to problem gang and narcotics buildings.
    • 3.compile cases regarding identified problem properties and refer them to the Department of Law for further action including prosecution after documented mitigation attempts are unsuccessful.
    • 4.prepare referral packets regarding troubled properties in violation of MCC 8-4-090.
    • 5.conduct area referral meetings with the assigned corporation counsel regarding properties submitted to the Department of Law for prosecution and coordinate with the appropriate district commander regarding resources needed, action taken, etc.
    • 6.take the appropriate enforcement action and make required notifications when officers encounters criminal activity or persons in need of city services.
    • 7.accompany representatives of the Strategic Task Force during field inspections of properties identified as Target or Non-Target DGHES referred properties when required.
    • 8.update the Troubled Building database, located in CLEAR, on a regular basis.
    • 9.comply with all court attendance responsibilities as required by Department Directives.
  • B.Vacant Building Officers (VBOs) assigned to the Troubled Buildings Unit will:
    • 1.identify vacant buildings by conducting a visual and physical premise check of the exterior and other relevant areas in and around the property in question.
    • 2.identify, gather, and receive intelligence from Department resources, community sources, and other City agencies.
    • 3.take the appropriate enforcement action when encountering vacant buildings in violation of City of Chicago Ordinance, Chapter 13-12 only after verifying ownership of the property.
    • 4.ensure that identified vacant buildings are appropriately secured.
    • 5.accompany representatives of the Strategic Task Force during field inspections of properties identified as Target or Non-Target DGHES referred properties when required.
    • 6.update the Troubled Building database, located in CLEAR, on a regular basis.
    • 7.comply with all court-attendance responsibilities as required by Department Directives.
  • C.Troubled Building Unit supervisors will:
    • 1.receive Intra-Department Support Service Request forms (CPD-21.224) regarding reports of drug and gang houses and vacant buildings and ensure the appropriate response by officers assigned to the Troubled Buildings Unit.
    • 2.maintain liaison with the City of Chicago Department of Law, Department of Buildings, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Bureau of Organized Crime, and district community policing offices regarding the status of vacant buildings and drug and gang houses referred to the Department of Law.
    • 3.ensure district commanders in their assigned areas are apprised of information related to DGHES investigations and property referral information.
    • 4.attend Area referral meetings as directed by the Commanding Officer, Troubled Buildings Unit.
    • 5.maintain liaison with the Special Functions Division, Bureau of Organized Crime, and Bureau of Patrol to obtain information regarding gang and drug arrests effected in the district.
  • D.Community policing sergeants will:
    • 1.ensure that the Troubled Buildings Unit is contacted regarding identified problem drug and gang houses and vacant buildings via City Service Requests, Intra Departmental Service Request Forms, community meetings, etc.
    • 2.ensure that vacant buildings officers and other members assigned to the community policing office cooperate with DGHES in gathering necessary information needed to identify problem drug and gang houses and vacant buildings.
    • 3.ensure that district personnel cooperate with and assist the assigned DGHES in gathering the necessary information needed to identify problem drug and gang houses.
    • 4.ensure that vacant building officers assigned to the community policing office update the Trouble Buildings database, located in CLEAR, on a regular basis.
    • 5.ensure that only vacant building officers, assigned to the community policing office, cite vacant buildings.
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      Citations may be issued only after ownership information has been established and verified. Ownership information will be included in the applicable respondent fields as indicated on the Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violation (ANOV) citation.
  • E.District commanders will:
    • 1.attend Area referral meetings as conducted by the Troubled Buildings Unit members to discuss problem drug and gang houses in the district.
    • 2.ensure that district personnel cooperate with the Troubled Buildings Unit, DGHES, and vacant building officers in gathering the necessary information needed to identify problem drug and gang houses.
    • 3.ensure that community policing sergeants are provided with updated information received at Area referral meetings of cases initiated by the Troubled Buildings Unit.
    • 4.ensure police officers are informed of any notification to attend legal proceedings relative to a Drug and Gang House Enforcement Section/Troubled Buildings Unit case received from the Department of Law.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
12-064 EW
GLOSSARY TERMS:
1. -
Members from the Chicago Police Department, Department of Law, and the Department of Buildings, who conduct inspections and preliminary investigations into ongoing criminal activity, of buildings that come to their attention. Troubled Buildings Unit Personnel may refer properties to the corporation counsel Department of Law for prosecution. Properties will not be referred unless prior mitigation efforts, listed in this directive, are first attempted and documented.
2. -
Personnel of the rank of police officer who are assigned to the Troubled Buildings Unit whose duties are to investigate properties and owners in violation of MCC 8-4-090 within specific geographic locations, and maintain current files with the CLEAR Database Dashboard. The DGHES officers will also work in conjunction with assistant corporation counsels from the City of Chicago Department of Law, and the Department of Buildings in order to refer owners for criminal prosecution who permit or encourage criminal activity on their properties.
3. -
A parcel of land within the City of Chicago including, but not limited to, a residential building, commercial business or lot (occupied or vacant), on which illegal activity occurs such as, narcotics related offenses, gang disturbances, gambling, prostitution, fly dumping, etc.
4. -
A property that is connected to one felony narcotics/gang-related incident or arrest within six month.
5. -
A property that is connected to two misdemeanor narcotics/gang-related incidents or arrests within six months.
6. -
A building lacking habitual presence of human beings who have a legal right to be on the premises; or a building where lawful business operations have ceased or are substantially devoid of content. A multi-family residential property will not be considered vacant until all of the dwelling units are unoccupied and meet the above conditions. (For City purposes, the terms "vacant" and "abandoned" shall be interchangeable.