Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-17
Processing Vice Complaints
Issue Date:23 December 2014Effective Date:23 December 2014
Rescinds:01 January 1996 Version
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.provides authorization for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to dispatch district personnel to investigate vice complaints requiring immediate attention.
  • B.outlines procedures for handling vice complaints which do not require immediate attention.
  • C.provides examples of "Vice Raids" for reporting purposes.
  • D.continues procedures for requesting letters of abatement.
II.Vice Case Report
A Vice Case Report will be prepared and processed in accordance with procedures established in the Incident Reporting Guide (CPD-63.451) and related directives for each bona fide complaint relative to gambling, narcotics, obscenity, prostitution, or liquor law violations.
III.Processing Vice Complaints
  • A.The Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) will immediately assign district personnel in the following order of priority: tactical, rapid response or, if not available, a beat car to investigate vice complaints requiring immediate attention (e.g., youths drinking in the park, in-progress gambling, etc.)
  • B.When a vice complaint is received by an OEMC dispatcher that does not require immediate attention (on-going concern), the dispatcher will:
    • 1.record the information received in the Electronic Radio Dispatch Record.
    • 2.notify the station supervisor in the district of occurrence without unnecessary delay and inform him of the nature of the information received.
  • C.When a station supervisor is notified by the OEMC of a vice complaint which is an on-going concern, the station supervisor will ensure that the necessary action is taken by assigning district personnel in the following order of priority: tactical, rapid response or, if not available, a beat car at the time the alleged incident is expected to occur. If the incident is not anticipated to occur during the current tour of duty, the appropriate station supervisor will be notified.
  • D.When a station supervisor informed of a vice complaint from a source other than the OEMC, the station supervisor will:
    • 1.ensure that the OEMC is requested to assign district personnel in the following order of priority: tactical, rapid response or, if not available a beat car if the incident requires immediate attention, or
    • 2.follow the procedure set forth in Item III-C, if the incident is an on-going concern.
  • E.An officer assigned to investigate a vice complaint will:
    • 1.submit a Vice Case Report only if the incident is bona fide or a search warrant is executed.
    • 2.obtain and enter the RD number on the Vice Case Report.
    • 3.if any controlled substance is recovered, obtain the estimated street value of the controlled substance recovered by logging into the Department CLEAR home page, click on Bureau Sites link, then click on the Organized Crime Division link, and finally, click on ESV Conversion link.
    • 4.enter the estimated street value of the controlled substance recovered on the appropriate case and arrest report(s).
  • F.A Department member needing to revise the estimated street value of a controlled substance recovered because of a qualitative lab analysis will contact the Criminal Analysis and Review Section, Bureau of Organized Crime.
  • G.Unlawful conduct and disturbances in certain commercial establishments, such as, businesses holding City of Chicago and/or State of Illinois business licenses ,may be found operating outside the scope of their license (i.e. barbershop/beauty salon operating during late evening hours as a social club or serving alcohol). In such instances, below are sample potential charges that may be used if applicable: MCC 4-60-020(a)- Liquor License Required, MCC 4-156-300- Public Peace Amusement License Required, or 235 ILCS 5/10-1(a)-Liquor License Required, refer to Department directive "City Licensed Premises and Licensees."
IV.Vice Raids
For reporting purposes, examples of vice raids are as follows:
  • A.Prostitution: Arrests involving any prostitution or related offenses wherein offenders are charged with violation of city ordinances or state statutes (e.g., call operations, prostitution, pandering, pimping, solicitation, etc.).
  • B.Gambling: Arrests in which contraband gambling paraphernalia is seized or instances of gambling paraphernalia seized as the result of the execution of a search warrant wherein no arrests are made (e.g., abandoned wire room, policy station, etc.). Also includes instances in which search warrants are executed for the seizure of gambling paraphernalia, but do not result in a recovery of such material.
  • C.Narcotics: Arrests which involve the recovery of narcotics and cases in which an arrest for a narcotics law violation is anticipated (e.g., controlled purchase). Also includes instances:
    • 1.in which search warrants are executed for the seizure of narcotics, but do not result in arrests or seizures of narcotics, or
    • 2.where narcotics are recovered which have no known owner, or
    • 3.when cash is seized for civil forfeiture under 720 Illinois Compiled Statutes 570/505, but when no measurable amount of narcotics is present.
  • D.Liquor Law: Arrests for liquor law offenses committed by the holder of a liquor license or by his agent (e.g., expired license, sale to a minor, open during prohibited hours, etc.). Also, arrests made for liquor law violations on the public way or in an establishment which is not licensed to sell/dispense alcoholic beverages.
  • E.Obscenity: In obscenity cases, the materials purchased, films viewed or live acts committed at a location constitute one of many recurring acts at that location. The State’s Attorney’s Office has a review procedure for screening obscenity cases. In cases of material purchased, the material will be reviewed by the Supervisor / Deputy Supervisor of the First Municipal District for an obscenity determination before an arrest is made or a warrant issued. In cases involving films viewed or live acts observed, a summary of the content must be reviewed by the Supervisor of the First Municipal District before an arrest is made or warrant issued. An officer requiring a formal review during non-business hours will contact the Felony Review Unit, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and request that the Supervisor of the First Municipal District be notified.
V.Letters of Abatement
  • A.Letters of abatement are notices to an owner(s), agent(s), or manager(s) of real estate upon which gambling, narcotics, obscenity or prostitution offenses are found by sworn members of the Department. The letters are designed to advise persons charged with the responsibility for such property that it is being used for unlawful purposes.
  • B.The following procedure will be followed in requesting letters of abatement:
    • 1.Letters of abatement may be requested from the License Investigation Unit of the Vice and Asset Forfeiture Division for offenses involving gambling, obscenity, prostitution and narcotic law violations. These requests may be made by officers of the rank of lieutenant or above whenever an arrest is made in any building for gambling, narcotics, obscenity or prostitution law violations.
    • 2.The request for a letter of abatement can be incorporated in the narrative portion of a case report and must include the following:
      • a.Name of property owner, agent, or manager (if available).
      • b.Address of the owner, agent, or manager to whom the letter of abatement is to be sent.
      • c.Legal capacity of the person to whom the letter is to be sent (owner, agent, manager, etc.).
      • d.Signature of the authorized member requesting the letter of abatement.
    • 3.Requests for letters of abatement may also be made on Supplementary Reports (CPD-11.411-A or B) addressed to the License Investigation Unit of the Vice and Asset Forfeiture Division. The Supplementary Report must specify the gambling, narcotics, obscenity or prostitution law violation that occurred which justifies the request for a letter of abatement.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were added or revised)
Authenticated by: JKH
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
14-121 TSS