Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S05-08-01
National Terrorism Advisory System
Issue Date:18 February 2015Effective Date:18 February 2015
Rescinds:06 December 2004 version
Index Category:Extraordinary Responses
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.informs Department members of the terrorism threat classifications provided under the National Terrorism Advisory System(NTAS) operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • B.defines responsibilities of Department members relative to the various threat condition levels as designated by NTAS.
II.General Information
  • A.The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) provides a comprehensive and effective means to disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist acts to federal, state, and local authorities and to the general public. The Secretary of Homeland Security informs the public and appropriate government and private sector partners about a potential or actual threat with this alert, indicating whether there is an "Imminent" or "Elevated" threat alert.
    • 1."Elevated" threat alert warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States.
    • 2."Imminent" threat alert warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States.
      NOTE:
      These federal alerts will include a clear statement that there is an imminent threat or elevated threat. Using available information, these alerts will provide a concise summary of the potential threat, actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps that individuals, communities, businesses, and government agencies can take to help prevent, mitigate, or respond to the threat.
III.Responsibilities
  • A.When the NTAS designates a Threat Level as Elevated:
    • 1.The First Deputy Superintendent, Chief, Bureau of Patrol, Chief, Office of Crime Control Strategies, and Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime will provide on-going recommendations to the Superintendent of Police regarding the specific scope of field deployment needed relative to the threat level.
    • 2.Sworn members will be briefed by their supervisor regarding the general nature of the threat and advised of those patrol areas or locations in need of special attention based upon the current threat level.
    • 3.All sworn members who are not regularly assigned to uniformed duties must have their uniform, helmet, and other required equipment accessible for deployment in uniform, equipped, as described in Department directive "Personal Appearance, Uniform/CItizens's Dress And Equipment."
      NOTE:
      The uniform requirement may be changed, as needed, at the direction of the Superintendent of Police or respective Bureau Chiefs.
    • 4.Notifications regarding homeland-security related matters will be made to the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC), on a twenty-four-hour basis. CPIC will notify the appropriate agencies and personnel.
  • B.When the NTAS designates a Threat Level as Imminent:
    • 1.The First Deputy Superintendent, Chief, Bureau of Patrol, Chief, Office of Crime Control Strategies, and Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime, will provide on-going recommendations to the Superintendent of Police, regarding the specific scope of field deployment needed relative to the severe threat level. Such deployment need may require implementing a plan consistent with the Department directive entitled "Special Response Plans."
      NOTE:
      Only the Superintendent, First Deputy Superintendent, or Chief, Bureau of Patrol, may activate a Special Response Plan consistent with Department directive entitled "Special Response Plan."
    • 2.Sworn members will be briefed regarding the general nature of the threat and advised of those patrol areas or locations in need of special attention based upon the current threat.
    • 3.All sworn members, except those on annual vacation/furlough or medical roll, will report to duty in uniform unless specifically exempted by the First Deputy Superintendent.
    • 4.Notifications regarding homeland-security related matters will be made to the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC), on a twenty-four-hour basis. CPIC will notify the appropriate agencies and personnel.
Authenticated by: KC
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
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