Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-08-05
Sobriety Safety Check Program
Issue Date:27 March 2003Effective Date:28 March 2003
Rescinds:S03-03
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes the Sobriety Safety Check Program.
  • B.specifies procedures and responsibilities for Department personnel conducting Sobriety Safety Checks.
  • C.establishes the Sobriety Safety Check File.
II.Policy
It is the policy of the Chicago Police Department to promote the safety of those using the public roadways and provide a deterrent for those who violate the Illinois Vehicle Code.
III.General Information
  • A.Sobriety Safety Checks are used to enforce laws against Driving While Under the Influence (DUI). Effective enforcement of DUI laws, including the use of Sobriety Safety Checks, has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing alcohol-related fatal and serious injury crashes.
  • B.Sobriety Safety Check procedures will:
    • 1.ensure the safety of the general public and law-enforcement officers.
    • 2.be conducted with a minimal amount of intrusion and motorist inconvenience.
    • 3.ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed rights of individuals are protected.
    • 4.be operated within preestablished Department guidelines.
IV.Units Participating in the Sobriety Safety Check Program
District commanders who elect to participate in the Sobriety Safety Check Program will:
  • A.contact the Education and Training Division to arrange for training of the personnel who will be conducting Sobriety Safety Checks under this program. Personnel will include a minimum of one trained lieutenant, two trained sergeants, and ten trained police officers per safety check.
  • B.obtain approval from the Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Patrol for the date and time of the Sobriety Safety Check.
    NOTE:
    Requested dates should be far enough in advance to allow for the proper notifications of the operation as outlined in Item IV-G of this directive.
  • C.select and approve the site for the Sobriety Safety Check in accordance with Item V of this directive.
  • D.designate a lieutenant to serve as Officer in Charge who will:
    • 1.establish a Sobriety Safety Check file in accordance with the directive entitled "Sobriety Safety Check File."
    • 2.prepare the Sobriety Safety Check detail order for the operation containing the following:
      • a.Date, time, and location;
      • b.District of processing;
      • c.Approved hospital for medical emergencies;
      • d.Personnel assigned;
      • e.A diagram of the Sobriety Safety Check site.
    • 3.submit the detail order to the district commander for approval.
  • E.review and sign the detail order.
  • F.schedule the Sobriety Safety Check, being cognizant of the minimization of overtime and contract provisions regarding adjusting Department members hours.
  • G.at least ten days prior to the event:
    • 1.submit a written request along with a diagram of the site to the Commissioner of the Department of Streets and Sanitation for the following equipment and personnel:
      • a.A minimum of two tow trucks for towing prisoners vehicles;
      • b.A flashing sign board, appropriate cones, and wooden horses;
      • c.Appropriate signs for the rerouting of traffic;
      • d.Requests for parking restrictions;
      • e.If the site selected requires additional lighting, the request may include portable lighting equipment.
    • 2.fax the request specified in Item IV-G-1 to the  Department of Streets and Sanitation Special Events Section .
    • 3.prepare a Pre-Event Notification form and:
      • a.place the original in the Sobriety Safety Check File;
      • b.forward copies to the Office of News Affairs and the Research and Development Division.
  • H.be responsible for providing replacement personnel prior to the roll call should any members be unable to fulfill their assignment.
  • I.retain copies of any news articles related to the operation in the corresponding Sobriety Safety Check File.
V.Site Selection
  • A.The site selection for the Sobriety Safety Check will be determined by the district commander or a designated supervisor based upon the following criteria:
    • 1.High incidents of traffic crashes at that site based on the current data available from the Chicago Department of Transportation.
    • 2.Driving Under the Influence arrest activity in an area with a concentration of alcohol-related businesses and a high number of alcohol-related crashes.
    • 3.Safety considerations for motorists, pedestrians, police officers, and the general public. If conducted at night, it will be conducted in a lighted area. (See Item IV-G-1-e)
    • 4.A sufficient volume of traffic to warrant the placement of a Sobriety Safety Check.
    • 5.Other relevant data provided by command members.
    • 6.Consultation with the Commanding Officer, Traffic Section to ensure that the site selection conforms with guidelines established by federal and state courts.
  • B.If a private lot is used, a Sobriety Safety Check Site Selection Authorization for use of Private Property form will be signed by the person authorizing the use of the property during the Sobriety Safety Check.
  • C.The Commanding Officer, Traffic Section will assist in the selection of sites and advise district commanders of the suitability of recommended sites.
VI.Responsibilities of the Officer in Charge
The Officer in Charge will:
  • A.ensure that the site selection conforms to the criteria outlined in Item V of this directive.
  • B.ensure that the Bureau of Traffic Services, Department of Streets and Sanitation, will provide the equipment needed for a safe operation.
  • C.ensure a General Offense Case Report (CPD-11.380) is prepared indicating:
    • 1.IUCR Code 5080,
    • 2.Primary Classification: Non-Criminal,
    • 3.Secondary Classification: Other Non-Criminal Persons,
      NOTE:
      Copies of all documents relative to the check will reference this RD number. In all criminal incidents (e.g., weapons, narcotics), a separate criminal RD number will be obtained and the Sobriety Safety Check RD number will be cross-referenced in the narrative of the report.
    • 4.in box 4, the address of the checkpoint,
    • 5.in box 20, City of Chicago,
    • 6.in Box 80:
      • a.the fact that a Sobriety Safety Check was conducted,
      • b.the command staff member authorizing and the Officer in Charge supervising the detail,
      • c.a listing by related RD number of any criminal incidents occurring at the checkpoint that required the completion of a case report.
      • d.a notation to refer to the corresponding Sobriety Safety Check File for all other information concerning the operation of the Sobriety Safety Check.
  • D.ensure members conducting the Sobriety Safety Check use marked squad cars.
  • E.conduct a roll call in the district roll call room prior to each Sobriety Safety Check and brief personnel on:
    • 1.the purpose of the mission,
    • 2.location of the mission,
    • 3.safety measures,
    • 4.assignments,
    • 5.uniforms and equipment,
    • 6.arrest procedures,
    • 7.hospital routes,
    • 8.rerouting of traffic,
    • 9.other pertinent information.
  • F.ensure that the Sobriety Safety Check Point Log is maintained for each Sobriety Safety Check conducted. The Log will include, but is not limited to, the:
    • 1.date and location,
    • 2.the sequences of vehicles selected for inspection,
    • 3.suspension of the Sobriety Safety Check or any unusual circumstances.
  • G.ensure the following notifications are made on the day of the detail for each Sobriety Safety Check:
    • 1.Prior to operations, the:
      • a.watch commander of the police district where the Sobriety Safety Check is occurring;
      • b.Office of Emergency Management and Communications;
      • c.Operations Command.
    • 2.After operations have concluded:
      • a.an immediate telephone notification to Operations Command,
      • b.forward a copy of the Sobriety Safety Check Results Log via the Police Document Services Section to the following:
        • (1)Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Patrol, Unit 142,
        • (2)Appropriate area deputy chief, Bureau of Patrol
        • (3)Commanding Officer, Traffic Section, Unit 145,
        • (4)Operations Command, Unit 116,
        • (5)Command staff member of the Office of News Affairs, Unit 102,
        • (6)Command staff member of the Research and Development Division, Unit 127,
        • (7)Commanding Officer, Traffic Court / Records Unit, 148.
      • c.prepare a Post-Event Notification form and:
        • (1)place the original in the Sobriety Safety Check File;
        • (2)forward copies to the Office of News Affairs and the Research and Development Division.
  • H.ensure the following reports are prepared, placed in the Sobriety Safety Check File, and forwarded to the district review officer:
    • 1.A Sobriety Safety Check Activity Report completed by each participating officer.
    • 2.The Sobriety Safety Check Point Log.
    • 3.The Sobriety Safety Check Results Log.
    • 4.Copies of all case, arrest, and related reports and documents generated as a result of the Sobriety Safety Check.
VII.Responsibilities of the District Review Officer
The District Review Officer will:
  • A.process the original case report with the original Sobriety Safety Check File as an attachment and forward the original report and file to the Records Services Division in accordance with the established case-report review process.
  • B.prepare two copies of the entire Sobriety Safety Check File and:
    • 1.retain one as the district copy with the district copy of the corresponding noncriminal case report,
    • 2.forward one to the Traffic Court / Records Unit with a photocopy of the corresponding noncriminal case report prepared for the detail.
VIII.General On-Site Assignments
  • A.Members assigned to traffic control will assist in the safe and orderly flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Their primary consideration at all times will be the safety of all persons involved in, at, or near the Sobriety Safety Check.
  • B.Inspection Team Officers will consist of at least two officers assigned to assist a supervisor at the point where individual vehicles are selected and directed to the inspection area.
  • C.Enforcement Team Officers are responsible for enforcing any and all violations.
  • D.One member under the supervision of the inspection and bonding areas sergeant will be responsible for completing I-Bonds at the scene for those eligible violators.
IX.Procedures
  • A.The following minimum number of personnel who have completed training for the Sobriety Safety Check Program will be assigned as follows:
    • 1.One lieutenant who will serve as the Officer in Charge;
    • 2.Two sergeants, one each assigned to the:
      • a.selection area,
      • b.inspection and bonding areas;
        NOTE:
        District commanders may elect to assign an additional sergeant to supervise the inspection and bonding areas.
    • 3.Ten police officers;
    • 4.One certified Breath Analysis Operator to be available in the district for violator processing.
  • B.Department members assigned to the Sobriety Safety Check will wear the regulation field uniform with safety vest. Personnel will have a working flashlight, handcuffs, and baton available and will be prepared for inclement weather. Each officer will wear a reflective safety-type vest over the outer garment at all times. Assigned members will ensure that vehicles are fueled prior to reporting to the Sobriety Safety Check.
  • C.Initially, every fifth vehicle will be stopped, as well as any vehicle exhibiting a visible compliance violation. Vehicles will be stopped at a selected location in a well-lighted area. Any subsequent change in the sequence (e.g., tenth, fifteenth) will be dependent upon the traffic flow. Motor vehicle traffic backups that cause unsafe conditions will be the primary consideration when modifying the sequence during the Sobriety Safety Check. The Officer in Charge will be responsible for ensuring that the sequence of selected vehicles is increased or decreased as necessary. The procedure will be carried out according to detailed guidelines established by the federal and state courts.
  • D.Each motorist stopped will be greeted courteously, told the reason for the stop, and requested to provide a valid drivers license and proof of insurance. Upon compliance and if there is no significant reason to believe a violation has been committed, the motorist will be allowed to proceed. The motorist will be directed safely back into the traffic flow.
  • E.Members will be alert for speech difficulties and look for signs that might indicate a motorist is driving under the influence. A brief interview and, when appropriate, field sobriety testing will be conducted consistent with the Department directive entitled "Driving While Under The Influence (DUI) and Zero Tolerance." If the officer finds evidence that the driver is impaired, the driver will be asked to submit to a chemical test. If the driver refuses or fails the chemical test, the driver will be charged with DUI consistent with existing procedures.
  • F.Arrestees charged with minor traffic violations will be name-checked via a Chicago Police Department portable data terminal (with identity confirmed by the inspection and bonding area sergeant) and, if eligible, will be issued an I-Bond at the Sobriety Safety Check site. Arrestees not eligible for an I-Bond will be transferred to the district station for processing.
  • G.Members assigned to the Sobriety Safety Check will complete the Sobriety Safety Check Activity Report, attach copies of all arrest documentation, and submit their report for approval to a supervisor assigned to the detail.
  • H.Assigned members do not have the authority to change the operational plan, with the exception of the Officer in Charge, who will document the reasons for any adjustments on the corresponding Sobriety Safety Checkpoint Log.
  • I.Should personnel strength be reduced by arrests or other factors to the point where it affects safety, the Officer in Charge may temporarily suspend operations until adequate personnel return to the Sobriety Safety Check. If for any reason the site becomes unsuitable (e.g., adverse weather or traffic conditions), the Sobriety Safety Check will be terminated and the Officer in Charge will note the time and reason of the termination on the Sobriety Safety Check Point Log.
  • J.Necessary medical transports will be conducted in accordance with the Department directive entitled "Squadrol Operating Procedures."
X.Other Assignments and Responsibilities
  • A.The Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Education and Training Division will:
    • 1.provide in-service training for members participating in the Sobriety Safety Check Program, including certification in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
    • 2.after each training session, provide a report to the Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Patrol listing those members who are trained to participate in the Sobriety Safety Check Program.
  • B.The Commanding Officer, Traffic Section will act in an advisory capacity for the Sobriety Safety Check Program.
  • C.The Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Patrol will approve the date and time of all Sobriety Safety Checks.
  • D.The Managing Deputy Director, Public Safety Information Technology will provide each district commander and the Traffic Section with a monthly printout of traffic crash locations.
  • E.The command staff member of the Office of News Affairs will:
    • 1.release the information received from the Pre-Event Notification form to the news media and forward a copy of the news release to the requesting district.
    • 2.release the information received from the Post-Event Notification form to the news media and forward copies of the news release according to the directive entitled "Sobriety Safety Check File."
  • F.The command staff member of the Research and Development Division will:
    • 1.post the information received from the Pre-Event Notification form on the Departments web site and forward a copy of the posting to the requesting district.
    • 2.post the information received from the Post-Event Notification form on the Departments web site and forward copies of the posting according to the procedures in the directive entitled "Sobriety Safety Check File."
  • G.The Manager of the Records Services Division will store and maintain the original Sobriety Safety Check Files with the corresponding original case reports for each Sobriety Safety Check.
Terry G. Hillard
Superintendent of Police
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