Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S09-08-03
CLEARpath Block Club Computer Application
Issue Date:11 January 2010Effective Date:12 January 2010
Rescinds:S10-03-03
Index Category:Information Management
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.introduces the CLEARpath Block Club Computer Application (Block Club).
  • B.delineates the procedures and responsibilities of Department members to accept, monitor, and review block club web pages in the CLEARpath Community Webportal.
II.General Information
  • A.The Block Club Application:
    • 1.assists community block clubs by:
      • a.organizing residents in neighborhoods and communities to improve the quality of life for residents and stakeholders.
      • b.displaying information, photographs, and a schedule of events relating to their specific block in the CLEARpath Community Webportal.
    • 2.has the capability for designated members to accept, monitor, and review block club pages.
  • B.Traditional block clubs are groups of residents who live on any given block within the city and have organized to share information, identify concerns, and act collectively to address those concerns. Other types of clubs / residents can organize and collaborate their resources in this application include:
    • 1.Vertical Block Clubs - includes residents from multi-unit, high rise, or condominium buildings.
    • 2.Walking Block Clubs - combines fitness while identifying quality of life issues such as graffiti, abandoned vehicles / buildings, and picking up accumulated trash.
    • 3.Garden Clubs - improves the overall appearance of the neighborhood by cleaning up vacant lots, planting flowers / trees, and maintaining the parkways.
    • 4.Virtual Block Clubs - includes residents with busy lifestyles that would meet and dialogue via the Internet.
  • C.All content submitted by block club members will:
    • 1.be reviewed by district community policing supervisors to determine if the content is:
      • a.appropriate, and
      • b.consistent with the mission of the Department.
    • 2.not be approved when it contains unacceptable content for display on the webportal.
    • 3.become property of the Chicago Police Department.
  • D.Members unable to access the Block Club Application on a Department computer may telephone the Help Desk for assistance.
III.Procedures
  • A.Members from the CAPS Implementation Office assigned to maintain the application will:
    • 1.access the application at least once each day to:
      • a.approve or deny submitted block club applications.
      • b.provide technical assistance to residents who request information via the application.
    • 2.notify Public Safety Information Technology (PSIT) via e-mail, (clearpath@chicagopolice.org) to deactivate block club web pages that are defunct or when it has been discovered that the block club has acted inappropriately (e.g., involved in criminal activity, repeatedly attempting to post inappropriate content).
  • B.District community policing supervisors will:
    • 1.access the application at least once each day to:
      • a.review and approve submitted block club content that is appropriate and consistent with the Department’s mission.
      • b.reject any content that contains unacceptable content which is offensive, lewd, contains pornography, defamatory, violent, harassing, inappropriate, indecent, lascivious, obscene, profane, racist, unlawful, or objectionable.
    • 2.periodically review the block club web pages located in their district to verify that published information is appropriate.
    • 3.notify the CAPS Implementation Office to deactivate defunct block clubs, inappropriate block clubs, or block clubs that repeatedly attempt to post unacceptable content.
    • 4.investigate submitted Block Club content which is criminal in nature by:
      • a.directing a sworn Department member to conduct a preliminary investigation.
      • b.determining the necessary case report to document the incident.
      • c.ensuring the proper notifications are made.
Jody P. Weis
Superintendent of Police
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