Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-16
Investigative Alerts
Issue Date:05 March 2001Effective Date:06 March 2001
Rescinds:G01-02
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive
  • A.discontinues the use of the term "stop order" and replaces it with the term "investigative alert."
  • B.discontinues the use of the Stop Order or Cancellation Request form (CPD-31.961).
  • C.defines categories of investigative alert.
  • D.introduces the Criminal History Records Information System (CHRIS) Investigative Alert Application System to be utilized by the Bureau of Investigative Services (BIS).
  • E.informs members of the availability of investigative alert data via CHRIS and local Hot Desk name checks.
  • F.delineates responsibilities of BIS and the Identification Section.
  • G.outlines procedures when processing investigative alerts and Temporary Wants.
II.CHRIS Investigative Alert Application System
All requests for investigative alerts are entered and approved in CHRIS by sworn BIS personnel. Any BIS member with a responsibility for follow-up investigation may request an investigative alert via the CHRIS Investigative Alert Application System.
  • A.Members will enter investigative alert requests into CHRIS utilizing the investigative alert application screen. Each person wanted must be entered separately.
  • B.Supervisors will approve or reject investigative alert requests in CHRIS.
  • C.An investigative alert is effective immediately upon approval and is available to Department members via CHRIS or Hot Desk name checks.
  • D.CHRIS and Hot Desk name checks will display investigative alert and pertinent investigative alert data (i.e., required data listed in Item II-F of this directive) whenever a name check is run on an individual who has an investigative alert on file.
  • E.The unit investigative alert file will be audited in accordance with Item III-A-6 of this directive to ensure that investigative alerts no longer needed are purged from the Investigative Alerts Application System.
  • F.The following data is required to request an investigative alert:
    • 1.Offense code
    • 2.Name of subject (include all known aliases)
    • 3.IR number
    • 4.Physical description (sex, height, DOB, etc.)
    • 5.Last known address
    • 6.Justification for the investigative alert request
    • 7.Requesting member's information (name, star number, unit, etc.)
    • 8.RD number, in all instances that one has been issued.
III.Responsibilities
  • A.Bureau of Investigative Services
    Bureau of Investigative Services supervisors will ensure that:
    • 1.a unit investigative alert file is maintained. The investigative alert file will contain sufficient information relating to the subject of the alert to allow any member of the investigating unit to handle the investigation if the requesting member is not available. Copies of all reports, documents, etc., supporting the investigative alert request and a summary of how the subject was involved in the crime or incident will also be included in the investigative alert file.
    • 2.a copy of the subject's most recent photograph, if available, is attached to a paper copy of the approved investigative alert request and placed in the unit investigative alert file.
    • 3.a current list of investigative alerts requested by the unit is maintained.
    • 4.in the event a juvenile is involved or is alleged to be involved in an offense, every effort is made to apprehend the juvenile before an investigative alert is requested. This will include requesting that area Special Victims Section personnel search their files for pertinent information which would assist in the apprehension of the juvenile.
      NOTE:
      Members will follow the procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Processing of Juveniles and Minors Under Department Control" when processing or interrogating juveniles.
    • 5.investigative alert requests are updated or canceled as necessary.
      NOTE:
      Any BIS member of the rank of sergeant or above is authorized to update or cancel an investigative alert.
    • 6.the unit investigative alert file is audited each police period to ensure investigative alert requests on file are canceled when the subject of the alert has been apprehended or the investigative alert is no longer needed.
    • 7.Temporary Want entry requests are telephoned or faxed to the Field Inquiry Section - Central Warrant Unit to be entered into the LEADS and/or NCIC computer systems.
    • 8.the Help Desk is contacted if there is a problem with the CHRIS Investigative Alert Application System.
  • B.Identification Section
    If a fingerprint verification of an arrestee's identity indicates that an investigative alert is in effect, the Identification Section will immediately make notifications to both the district of detention and the unit which originated the investigative alert.
    NOTE:
    The Identification Section will notify the Cook County Fugitive Unit upon verification that the arrestee is a participant (inmate or offender) in an electronic home monitoring detention program supervised by the Illinois Department of Corrections, probation supervisory authority, sheriff, or any other office charged with authorizing and supervising home detention.
IV.Processing Investigative Alerts and Temporary Wants
  • A.Field Officers
    • 1.Officers who run name checks on individuals who have an Investigative Alert / Probable Cause to Arrest on file will:
      • a.take the subject into custody if not already in custody.
      • b.process the arrestee in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Processing Persons Under Department Control." Indicate on the Arrest Report (CPD-11.420) that the arrestee is the subject of an Investigative Alert / Probable Cause to Arrest.
      • c.notify the desk sergeant of the incident.
      • d.notify the requesting BIS member's unit that the subject is in custody and indicate on the Arrest Report the name and star number of the investigating member notified.
        NOTE:
        If the investigative alert is for an arrestee who is a participant in an electronic home monitoring detention program, the officer will notify the Identification Section.
    • 2.Officers who run name checks on individuals who have an Investigative Alert / No Probable Cause to Arrest on file are reminded that IF NO OTHER CRIME WAS COMMITTED, AN ARREST IS NOT AUTHORIZED. Officers will:
      • a.inform the individual that a BIS investigative member seeks to interview the individual about a specific police matter and request that the subject voluntarily accompany the officer(s) to the district station to speak with the investigating officer so that the matter may be resolved.
      • b.if the individual consents, the officer will assist the individual to the district station, and:
        • 1.notify the desk sergeant of the incident.
        • 2.notify the requesting member's unit indicating that the subject of the investigative alert is at the district station voluntarily and has consented to speak with the investigating member.
        • 3.complete an Information Report (CPD-11.461) documenting the incident. Include the pertinent investigative alert data and indicate that the subject voluntarily accompanied the officer to the district station.
        • 4.forward a copy of the Information Report to the requesting BIS member's unit.
        • 5.forward the original Information Report to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent, Operations.
      • c.if the individual will not voluntarily accompany the officer(s) to the district station:
        • 1.complete an Information Report documenting the incident and include the pertinent data obtained from the investigative alert.
          NOTE:
          IF NO OTHER CRIME WAS COMMITTED, AN ARREST IS NOT AUTHORIZED.
        • 2.notify the desk sergeant of the incident.
          NOTE:
          DO NOT DETAIN SUCH PERSONS IN ORDER TO MAKE NOTIFICATIONS.
        • 3.notify the requesting member's unit that the subject was located.
        • 4.forward a copy of the Information Report to the BIS requesting member's unit.
        • 5.forward the original Information Report to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent, Operations.
      • d.if the subject is in custody for some other offense and a name check reveals Investigative Alert / No Probable Cause to Arrest, the officer(s) will:
        • 1.notify the requesting BIS member's unit that the subject is in custody.
          NOTE:
          It is not necessary to complete an Information Report if the subject has been arrested for some other offense and a name check reveals Investigative Alert / No Probable Cause to Arrest.
        • 2.document the Investigative Alert / No Probable Cause to Arrest and the name and star number of the investigating member notified on the Arrest Report.
    • 3.Officers who run name checks on individuals who have a Temporary Want on file will:
      • a.take the wanted person into custody if not already in custody.
      • b.process the arrestee in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Processing Persons Under Department Control."
      • c.contact the Field Inquiry Section - Central Warrant Unit for direction on how to proceed with the Temporary Want arrest.
      • d.ensure that either the warrant information or the basis for probable cause has been articulated on the arrest report as soon as that information is available and prior to the arrestee being sent to court.
  • B.Watch Commanders
    If a person in custody is the subject of an investigative alert or Temporary Want, watch commanders will ensure that:
    • 1.the investigative alert is investigated before an arrestee is let to bail.
      NOTE:
      Whenever the detention of a person in Department custody would result in the subject being held more than 48 hours from the time of arrest and the subject was arrested without a warrant and the approval of charges has not occurred, the subject must be either released without charging or sent before the appropriate court for a determination of probable cause. Members will refer to the Department directive entitled "Processing Persons Under Department Control" for further guidance.
    • 2.the requesting BIS member's unit is notified.
    • 3.the requesting BIS unit responds or notifies the district of detention if the investigative alert is no longer in effect.
    • 4.the Identification Section is notified if the arrestee is a participant in an electronic home monitoring detention program.
    • 5.the Field Inquiry Section - Central Warrant Unit is contacted for directions on procedures to be followed whenever a Temporary Want arrest is made.
  • C.Bureau of Investigative Services
    Bureau of Investigative Services sworn members will:
    • 1.respond to the district station immediately upon notification that the subject of an investigative alert is in custody or at the district station on a voluntary basis (if the individual is the subject of an Investigative Alert / No Probable Cause to Arrest).
    • 2.conduct follow-up investigations relative to information received from investigative alert Information Reports.
    • 3.ensure that a supervisor is notified in the event an investigative alert is to be updated or canceled (i.e., additional information is available, a warrant has been served and the investigative alert is no longer necessary, complainant/witness is no longer available, etc.).
  • D.Field Inquiry Section - Central Warrant Unit
    When processing Temporary Wants, the Central Warrant Unit will:
    • 1.enter Temporary Want requests into the LEADS and/or NCIC systems.
    • 2.include any additional information and all known aliases.
    • 3.place a copy of the Temporary Want request into the warrant file after entry has been made into the systems.
    • 4.include a list of active Temporary Wants in the LEADS, NCIC or Hot Desk systems within the weekly listing of active warrants provided the Detective Division.
Terry G. Hillard
Superintendent of Police
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