Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S12-05
Cook County State's Attorney's Community Justice Center Pilot Program
Issue Date:23 October 2009Effective Date:23 October 2009
Rescinds:D09-41
Index Category:Outside Organizations
I.Purpose
This directive introduces the Community Justice Center as a component of the Cook County State's Attorney's office.
II.Scope
The pilot program will be:
  • A.conducted in the following units:
    • 1.004 District,
    • 2.006 District,
    • 3.019 District,
    • 4.020 District,
    • 5.022 District,
    • 6.023 District,
    • 7.Detective Division, Area 2 (Unit 620), and
    • 8.Detective Division, Area 3 (Unit 630).
  • B.expanded to include additional districts as additional offices are opened by the State's Attorney.
III.General Information
  • A.The Community Justice Center is a component of the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney, charged with the responsibility of prosecuting select criminal offenders who, by the nature or number of crimes they have committed, have had a substantial negative impact on the quality of life of the residents in a district served by the program. Through enhanced prosecution, this program:
    • 1.attempts to reduce the negative impact these arrestees have had in the community.
    • 2.seeks to address chronic crime conditions through a partnership program of outreach, education, and information sharing with the community and the Chicago Police Department.
  • B.As a partner in this project, the Chicago Police Department is actively supporting this program through a process of identifying possible arrestees for inclusion in the selection process and cooperative efforts aimed at outreach, education, and information sharing to comprehensively address issues of chronic crime.
  • C.Community Justice Program personnel are the final authority as to the acceptance or non-acceptance of any arrestee into this program.
  • D.Monthly Community Justice Center committee meetings will convene during normal business hours and members designated to attend the monthly meetings will:
    • 1.be on-duty, and
    • 2.not be compensated for overtime or compensatory time to attend the Community Justice Center committee meetings.
IV.Training
Command staff members of affected units will attend a presentation conducted by members of the Community Justice Program that will provide additional direction as to the criteria for case selection used by the Community Justice Program and additional operational issues.
V.Responsibilities
  • A.The district commander of affected districts will:
    • 1.attend or assign an on-duty supervisory member to attend a monthly Community Justice Center committee meeting hosted by the Community Justice Program.
    • 2.identify and submit a list of arrestees who have had a substantial negative impact on the quality of life of the district's residents for possible inclusion into the Community Justice Program.
      NOTE:
      Arrestees can be submitted to Community Justice Program personnel at any time for possible inclusion into the program. It is not necessary to wait until the next committee meeting to submit arrestees for consideration.
    • 3.designate one (1) primary and one (1) alternate on-duty, sworn Department member assigned to the community policing office to be the liaisons between the Community Justice Program and the participating district. The designated members will be responsible for:
      • a.generating:
        • (1)the Crystal Report entitled "Community Justice Program Report of Arrests" every Thursday and physically delivering a copy of the report to the Community Justice Program office no later than 1200 hours. The report will include the week from the previous Thursday to Wednesday of the current week.
        • (2)a copy of the Meetings Hosted Report from the CAPS server for the following month and physically delivering a copy of the report to the Community Justice Program office no later than the 3rd Thursday of each month.
        • (3)the Crystal Report entitled "Community Justice Program Report of Top Ten Offenders" on a quarterly basis and delivering a copy of the report to the Community Justice Program office. The report will be generated for the previous three (3) months and submitted to the Community Justice Program office on the 1st Thursday of the month in which the report is due.
      • b.continually advising the district commander of arrestees whose criminal activity has had a substantial negative impact on the quality of life in the district or is part of a chronic crime issue in the district in the time period between Community Justice Center committee meetings.
      • c.accompanying the district commander, or their designee, to the monthly Community Justice Center committee meeting.
      • d.maintaining a record of cases accepted into the program and the result of the prosecution.
      • e.keeping the area CAPS lieutenant informed as to the status of all cases accepted into the program.
  • B.The Commander, Detective Division Area 3 of affected districts will:
    • 1.attend or assign an on-duty supervisory member to attend a monthly Community Justice Center committee meeting hosted by the Community Justice Program.
    • 2.identify and submit a list of persons arrested by the Detective Division who have had a substantial negative impact on the quality of life of the affected Area's residents for possible inclusion into the Community Justice Program.
      NOTE:
      Arrestees can be submitted to the Community Justice Program personnel at any time for possible inclusion in the program. It is not necessary to wait until the next Community Justice Center committee meeting to submit arrestees for consideration.
    • 3.designate one (1) primary and one (1) alternate on-duty, sworn Detective Division member to be the liaisons between the Community Justice Program and the Detective Division. The identified members will be responsible for:
      • a.advising the area commander of arrestees whose criminal activity has had a substantial negative impact on the quality of life in the affected Area or is part of a chronic crime issue in the affected Area in the time period between Community Justice Center committee meetings.
      • b.accompanying the area commander or their designee to the monthly Community Justice Center committee meeting.
Jody P. Weis
Superintendent of Police
09-113 MAV