Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S10-02-02
Selection of Designated Enforcement Areas
Issue Date:17 June 2015Effective Date:17 June 2015
Rescinds:29 February 2012 Version
Index Category:Gang and Narcotic Abatement
I.Purpose
This directive outlines the process for identifying and designating special-enforcement areas.
II.District-Initiated Request for Designation of Enforcement Areas
  • A.District commanders will identify and recommend geographically specific public places within their districts to be designated as special-enforcement areas by evaluating information based upon any reliable source of information, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • 1.analysis of crime;
    • 2.objective input from the executive officer, watch operations lieutenants, station supervisors, the district tactical lieutenant, and the CAPS sergeant;
    • 3.information from Beat Community Meeting;
    • 4.input from community members, local community-based organizations, and elected officials;
    • 5.personal observations;
    • 6.intelligence; and
    • 7.other verifiable statistical information.
  • B.Prior to the end of each six-month-enforcement period, the Chief, Bureau of Patrol, will notify district commanders to submit recommendations for the designation of hot-spot locations. Each proposed location will be identified in a separate recommendation, using a "Hot Spot" Designation Application (CPD-21.372) for each recommended location.
    • 1.All recommendations will include the exact boundaries of the area being recommended and a detailed justification.
      NOTE:
      Generally, the boundaries of the hot-spot locations will not exceed two (2) linear blocks or one (1) square block area.
    • 2.Authorization for all designated areas will expire at the end of the six-month period in which they were approved. No location will be automatically continued as a designated enforcement area. Should a district commander decide that an area meets conditions for continuation as a designated enforcement area, the commander will submit a new recommendation for the upcoming six-month-enforcement period. This recommendation for renewal should not duplicate the information contained in the original request; rather, it should address the justification for continuing enforcement in that particular designated area including the number of dispersals and the number of persons dispersed.
  • C.The appropriate area deputy chief, Bureau of Patrol, will review each recommendation for completeness and suitability and forward all approved recommendations through the chain of command to the Chief, Bureau of Patrol.
III.Review and Approval Policy
  • A.All submitted hot spot recommendations will be subject to review and approval under the direction of the Chief, Bureau of Patrol.
  • B.The Chief, Bureau of Patrol, will:
    • 1.establish and maintain a log documenting each recommendation received, assigning a unique numerical identifier to each, and
    • 2.forward the numbered requests with recommendations to the First Deputy Superintendent.
  • C.Upon notice that a hot spot location within a district has been disapproved, the district commander may file a written appeal through the proper chain of command to the area deputy chief. This appeal will be directed through the appropriate area deputy chief to the Chief, Bureau of Patrol. Appeals will not exceed two pages nor include additional support documentation. Rather, the report will summarize compelling reasons for selecting the hot spot location which may not have been best outlined in the original application process.
  • D.The Superintendent or his designee will:
    • 1.review the submitted recommendations; and
    • 2.approve the recommended areas of the City where enforcement of these ordinances is necessary.
  • E.The designated hot spot locations will be communicated by the Superintendent or his designee to the Chief, Bureau of Patrol, for dissemination.
  • F.The Chief, Bureau of Patrol, will ensure all data relative to dispersals and arrests are maintained consistent with existing records-retention requirements.
  • G.All district-initiated area designations will expire on 31 March and 30 September, whichever occurs first, regardless of what date during the enforcement period the area designation was approved by the Superintendent (or designee).
IV.Identification of High Level Gang Conflict Locations
  • A.The Commander, Deployment Operations Section will, on a weekly basis, recommend the High Level Gang Conflict Locations to the Superintendent through the proper chain of command.
  • B.The designated High Level Gang Conflict Locations will be communicated by the Superintendent or his designee to the Chief, Bureau of Patrol, Chief, Office of Crime Control Strategies, and Commander, Deployment Operations Section, for dissemination and enforcement by sworn members.
  • C.The weekly High Level Gang Conflict Locations will automatically be designated enforcement areas for Gang and/or Narcotics-Related Loitering, unless the Superintendent (or his designee) designates otherwise. All locations identified through High Level Gang Conflict Locations will be designated, modified, and rescinded in accordance with the established Deployment Operations Section procedures.
V.Areas Associated with a Heightened Level of Violence
  • A.Heightened Level of Violence means that there is reliable information from any of the sources set forth in this directive, or any other reliable source of information, that a special-enforcement area is experiencing, or is about to experience, increased violence. This increase in violence may be due, for example, to a gang conflict or a dispute over a drug spot.
  • B.If reliable information indicates that a certain area designated as a special-enforcement area is associated with a Heightened Level of Violence, any deputy chief assigned to the Bureau of Patrol may recommend to the Superintendent or his designee that these areas be designated as “12-hour dispersal” areas, in which a dispersed person may not return to the area for 12 hours.
  • C.The Superintendent or his designee may designate those locations as 12-hour dispersal areas during the times associated with the Heightened Level of Violence.
  • D.A 12-hour dispersal designation will not continue beyond a one-week period without specific renewal by the Superintendent or his designee. The 12-hour dispersal designation may be limited to a specific time of the day if the increased violence is expected only during certain times of the day, but need not be so limited if the increased violence is not limited to a specific time of day.
  • E.All High Level Gang Conflict Locations will automatically be designated as areas associated with a Heightened Level of Violence and therefore a 12-hour-dispersal designation, commencing on Fridays at 1700 hours and continuing through Sundays at 2330 hours, unless the Superintendent or his designee designates otherwise.
  • F.The designation of an area as one associated with a Heightened Level of Violence and therefore a 12-hour-dispersal designation, including the specific days or times of such a designation, will be communicated in the same manner as the “8-hour dispersal” special-enforcement areas.
VI.Emergency Requests for an Additional Hot-Spot
  • A.During each six-month-enforcement cycle, district commanders may submit emergency requests for the designation of additional hot-spot locations. The standard submission packet will be used for these requests consistent with Item II of this directive.
  • B.The emergency request will be used only in the event of an extraordinarily emerging trend in gang and/or narcotics-related activity.
  • C.If approved, the hot-spot location will be valid only through the remainder of the current six-month enforcement cycle.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Authenticated by: KC
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
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