Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S12-02
Private Security Forces
Issue Date:18 October 2018Effective Date:18 October 2018
Rescinds:01 April 1978 Version
Index Category:Outside Organizations
This directive:
  • A.informs members of the licensing of private security forces within the City of Chicago.
  • B.introduces the Firearm Control Card (FCC).
  • C.introduces Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC).
II.Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, Locksmith and Security Guards: Exemptions, Powers, and Limitations (Verbatim Text)
Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) 720 ILCS 5/ Subsections 24-1(a)(3), 24-1(a)(4), 24-1(a)(10), and 24-1(a)(13) and Section 24-1.6 do not apply to or affect any of the following provided they have met the requirements set forth in exemptions 720 ILCS 5/24-2(a) 5 or 6:
  • A.Persons licensed as private security contractors, private detectives, or private alarm contractors, or employed by an agency licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, if their duties include the carrying of a weapon under the provisions of the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004:
    • 1.while actually engaged in the performance of the duties of their employment, or
    • 2.commuting between their homes and places of employment.
  • B.Security Guards
    Any person regularly employed in a commercial or industrial operation as a security guard for the protection of persons employed and private property related to such commercial or industrial operation:
    • 1.while actually engaged in the performance of his or her duty or
    • 2.traveling between sites or properties belonging to the employer, and
    • 3.who, as a security guard, is a member of a security force registered with the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation; provided that such security guard has successfully completed a course of study, approved by and supervised by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, consisting of not less than 40 hours of training that includes the theory of law enforcement, liability for acts, and the handling of weapons.
  • C.Firearm Control Card (FCC)
    Individuals considered exempt from the subsections of 720 ILCS 5/24 listed above will:
    • 1.possess a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card,
    • issued a Firearm Control Card by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and
    • 3.have on their person at all times their issued Firearm Control Card when he or she is in possession of a concealable weapon.
  • D.Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC) issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation serves as proof to the employer that the applicant is eligible for employment.
  • E.All requirements relating to Firearms Control Cards do not apply to currently employed Department members engaging in an armed security capacity during off-duty hours.
  • F.Retired law enforcement personnel performing in an armed capacity that are licensed activities under 225 ILCS 447/et seq. are required to obtain a PERC pursuant to 225 ILCS 447/35-30 and must possess a valid Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) Card, but are not required to obtain a Firearm Control Card if in compliance with the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004.
  • G.Arrest Powers
    Security guards and persons listed under the Act cited in Item II-A of this directive, unless also appointed as special policemen, have no more than citizens power of arrest and are limited to the use of force that a citizen may use in making an arrest (720 ILCS 5/7-6).
III.Special Police
  • A.Special Policemen
    • 1.Special policemen are persons appointed by the Superintendent of Police who posses all the powers of regular police officers only at the fixed places identified on their Certificates of Appointment (CPD-62.254) (Municipal Code of Chicago, Ch. 4-340).
    • 2.Appointment as a special policeman does not authorize an individual to carry a weapon beyond the certified location. However, a special policeman may also be a security guard as defined by Item II-B of this directive and as such, would fall within the exemptions of that security guard classification.
IV.Weapons: Generally
Officers suspecting a violation of UUW 720 ILCS 5/24-1 will require a suspected offender to substantiate that he or she meets all the requirements of the exemption provisions of 720 ILCS 5/24-2 and, if they are a special policeman that they are at their fixed place of certification.
V.Uniforms: Articles and Insignia
  • A.Chapter 2-84-500, Municipal Code of Chicago, provides (verbatim text):
    "No person shall falsely assume or pretend to be a policeman or a member of the department of police of this city, or ... wear in public the uniform adopted as the police uniform.""...Nor shall any person use or wear any badge, sign, signal or device adopted or used by said department or any similar in appearance, without authority so to do from the (Chicago Police) Board."
  • B.For the purpose of this directive, any person who wears or displays an article or insignia such as a checkerboard pattern hatband, Chicago flag shoulder patch, etc., is in violation of the above provisions if it can reasonably be inferred a person wearing or displaying such articles or insignia is falsely representing themselves as a Chicago police officer.
VI.Information Reports Required
  • A.In addition to other appropriate reports, an Information Report (CPD-11.461) will be completed whenever a security guard, persons listed under the Act cited in Item II-A of this directive or special policeman (on or off duty) is arrested for or suspected of committing any criminal or quasi-criminal offense, including licensing and regulation offenses but excluding minor traffic offenses.
    The Information Report will be completed and processed in accordance with the current Department directive titled "Information Report System".
  • B.The Human Resources Division will:
    • 1.classify Information Reports received according to employment classifications of the subject individual, as previously defined in this directive.
    • 2.investigate those reports which involve special policemen and take appropriate action.
    • 3.forward copies of those reports which involve security guards and persons listed under the Act cited in Item II-A of this directive to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
18-055 VM