Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S02-04-05
Distressed Neighborhood Program
Issue Date:22 January 1999Effective Date:23 January 1999
Rescinds:S99-01
Index Category:Human Rights and Community Partnerships
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes the Distressed Neighborhoods Program (DNP).
  • B.outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Chicago Police Department, the community and other City agencies.
  • C.specifies the need for cooperation between Chicago Police Department personnel and citizens involved in district Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) programs.
II.General Information
  • A.The Distressed Neighborhoods Program will combine the efforts of police, community members and City services on a citywide basis in three phases as follows:
    • 1.Reclaim Community - Experienced police officers assigned to the DNP will be deployed to augment district law enforcement efforts to attack serious and multifaceted narcotic-related problems in the City. Problem locations will be identified through the cooperative effort of district law enforcement, the community and other City agencies. DNP officers, in conjunction with other police units and specialized City resources, will then use a variety of enforcement strategies in an effort to rid the neighborhood of drug dealing activity.
    • 2.Mobilize and Revitalize Community - Once drug dealing activity has been eliminated or greatly reduced in the targeted geographical location, City agencies will concentrate on quality of life issues by assessing the service needs of the geographical location and providing concentrated delivery of services to meet community needs. High visibility patrol and missions will continue to be conducted by DNP officers and district patrol personnel. Community leaders and stakeholders will be identified and asked to assist by encouraging residents to attend monthly beat meetings and participate in problem solving activities.
    • 3.Maintain Community - To maintain an improved quality of life in the targeted geographical location, the Chicago Police Department and community leaders will focus on organizing and training community residents to become partners with the police in keeping drug activity from returning to the neighborhood. Some of the strategies used to maintain the community will include joint community/police training, the establishment of a neighborhood watch, citizen patrol programs, and block clubs, and where possible, the infusion of other appropriate social service support, etc.
  • B.The Distressed Neighborhoods Program will be:
    • 1.coordinated by the Bureau of Patrol area deputy chief with input from the area management team.
    • 2.a collaborative effort of personnel assigned to various units within the Chicago Police Department, the community and other City agencies.
  • C.The District Neighborhoods Program supervisors will:
    • 1.submit reports to appropriate district commanders and program administrators indicating action taken and missions initiated.
    • 2.ensure the utilization of all available Department resources to maximize the effectiveness of the Program.
III.Roles and Responsibilities
  • A.Reclaim the Community
    • 1.Each district commander will convene a meeting for the purpose of identifying and prioritizing geographical locations for possible targeting by DNP personnel. The meeting will be attended by the commander of the Narcotics Section or their designee, the commander of the Mobile Strike Force or Targeted Response Unit, at the direction of the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Group or their designee, the appropriate CAPS area service coordinator assigned to the CAPS Implementation Office and select district management team members and other district personnel, as identified by the district commander.
      NOTE:
      The commanders of both the Narcotics Section and the Mobile Strike Force or Targeted Response Unit, at the direction of the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Group should personally attend district DNP meetings unless command responsibilities require their presence elsewhere.
    • 2.When requested by the area deputy chief, appropriate members of the area management team and the CAPS area service coordinator assigned to the CAPS Implementation Office will convene to discuss district geographical locations recommended for possible targeting by the DNP. Based upon information gathered at area management team meetings, the Deputy Chief, Organized Crime Division, along with the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Group, will determine geographical locations to be targeted by DNP resources.
      NOTE:
      If there is a difference of opinion as to which geographical locations should be targeted, the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Group, will make the final determination regarding the allocation of DNP resources.
    • 3.Narcotics personnel assigned to the Distressed Neighborhoods Program will conduct narcotic enforcement missions upon receiving information from the area management team regarding a hot spot location in a district and serve related criminal warrants with assistance from Mobile Strike Force or Targeted Response Unit, at the direction of the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Group, personnel assigned to the Distressed Neighborhoods Program and district tactical personnel.
    • 4.Upon completion of narcotics enforcement missions, Mobile Strike Force or Targeted Response Unit, at the direction of the Deputy Chief, Special Functions Group, personnel assigned to the Distressed Neighborhoods Program, along with district beat and tactical personnel, will establish high visibility patrol and continue activity in the targeted geographical location.
    • 5.The CAPS area service coordinator assigned to the CAPS Implementation Office will work in conjunction with the district management team and beat team officers to assess City service needs in the targeted geographical location and request assistance from other City agencies.
  • B.Mobilize and Revitalize the Community
    • 1.The CAPS area service coordinator assigned to the CAPS Implementation Office will:
      • a.coordinate City service activity such as lot clean-up/graffiti removal, street repair, signage, lighting, etc. to revitalize the targeted geographical location.
      • b.identify and meet with community leaders/stakeholders, encourage citizens to become involved in the Court Advocacy Subcommittee, assist beat team members with requests for City agency representation at beat team meetings, etc.
    • 2.Personnel assigned to the Distressed Neighborhoods Program and district beat and tactical personnel will continue to conduct missions and maintain high visibility patrol to prevent the return of drug activity in the targeted geographical location.
    • 3.Additional assistance to maintain a targeted geographical location may come from other government resources such as the Strategic Inspections Task Force, narcotic nuisance abatement, etc.
  • C.Maintain the Community
    • 1.The CAPS area service coordinator assigned to the CAPS Implementation Office will:
      • a.in conjunction with the district commander, work with other City agencies to coordinate appropriate social service activity such as CAPS Youth Forums, job training and placement, Family Health and pre-natal care, economic development programs, etc. to support community mobilization.
      • b.interact with community members and assist them in the establishment of block clubs and neighborhood watches.
    • 2.The Narcotics Unit sergeant designated as the DNP service sergeant will attend beat team meetings to share/exchange information regarding targeted geographical locations with affected beat team members.
    • 3.Beat team officers will continue to hold regular beat community meetings and continue to monitor targeted geographical locations for signs of recurring criminal activity.
    • 4.Members of the Education and Training Division, Community Education Section, will provide joint community/police training to strengthen the relationship between community members and the police.
Authenticated by:
Terry G. Hillard
Superintendent of Police
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