Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S03-08
Assisting Chicago Fire Department Paramedics
Issue Date:26 September 1995Effective Date:27 September 1995
Rescinds:S95-10
Index Category:Field Operations
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes Department policy regarding requests for assistance by Chicago Fire Department (CFD) paramedics.
  • B.informs Department members of the pertinent statutes.
II.Policy
It is the policy of the Department to assist CFD paramedics in transporting a patient to a hospital whenever a CFD paramedic declares that the situation constitutes a medical emergency and requires police assistance. Department members will not assist in the transporting of a patient who objects to transportation or medical treatment on religious grounds.
III.General Information
Occasionally in medical emergencies, sworn Department members are requested by CFD paramedics to assist with the transportation of sick or injured persons. The most common request is for help in restraining a patient who is to be transported to a hospital.
IV.References
  • A.4-68-081 MCC - Peace officer assistance during emergencies.
  • B.210 ILCS 50/1 - Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act
V.Procedures
  • A.A member will assist CFD paramedics in transporting a patient whenever a CFD paramedic declares a medical emergency and:
    • 1.requests assistance in restraining an adult patient who has not objected to transportation or medical treatment on religious grounds; or
    • 2.requests assistance in the transportation of a minor. A minor will be transported even if the parent or guardian objects for religious reasons.
      NOTE:
      In most declared medical emergencies, failure to obtain immediate medical care can result in life threatening situations.
  • B.In most life threatening situations, the patient is not actively resisting. However, members are authorized to employ the minimum amount of force necessary to overcome the amount of force exerted by the patient resisting medical assistance or transportation.
  • C.In each declared medical emergency where assistance is rendered at the request of a CFD paramedic and the preparation of a case report is necessary (e.g., Hospitalization Case, General Offense Case), the member rendering the assistance will ensure that the following information is documented in the narrative portion:
    • 1.the name and address of the transported patient;
    • 2.the name, badge number, and ambulance number of the paramedic making the declaration and request;
    • 3.the specific nature of the assistance given; and
    • 4.the name of the hospital to which the patient was transported.
  • D.If the incident is not related to a criminal offense and circumstances dictate the need to document the incident, the member can prepare a General Offense Case Report (CPD-11.380). The primary classification will be "Other Non-Criminal Service"; the secondary classification will be "Concerning Person"; and the I-UCR Offense code will be "5080."
  • E.In a declared medical emergency, whenever handcuffs/ flexcuffs are used to restrain a patient, the member will accompany the CFD paramedic to the hospital by riding in the ambulance.
Authenticated by:
Matt L. Rodriguez
Superintendent of Police
93-117 MER (MER)