Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S06-01-09
Transportation of Arrestees Requiring Wheelchairs
Issue Date:29 August 2017Effective Date:29 August 2017
Rescinds:Version dated 29 February 2012
Index Category:Processing Persons
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.continues the procedures for the transportation of arrestees requiring wheelchairs.
  • B.informs Department members that the transportation of arrestees requiring wheelchairs will continue to be accomplished through the use of privately owned Specially Equipped Vehicles (SEV).
  • C.designates that the Department wheelchair accessible male / female detention facilities are outlined in the Department directive entitled "Field Arrest Procedures."
  • D.continues the use of the Specialized Transportation Voucher (CPD-11.435).
  • E.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standards Chapter 70.
II.Policy
  • A.The Department is committed to ensuring that arrestees requiring wheelchairs are transported in a safe manner.
  • B.Arrestees requiring wheelchairs will be transported by an SEV in most circumstances.
III.Procedures
  • A.Department members transporting an arrestee requiring a wheelchair will:
    • 1.obtain the approval of a supervisor.
    • 2.request an SEV via the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and provide the OEMC dispatcher with the following information:
      • a.The name and gender of the arrestee;
      • b.The adult or juvenile status of the arrestee;
      • c.The exact address of the transportation request;
      • d.The address of the police, medical, or court facility where the arrestee will be transported;
      • e.The name, star number, and beat number of the Department member requesting the specialized transportation; and
      • f.The name, star number, and beat number of the approving supervisor.
    • 3.record "Arrestee Transported by SEV" in the narrative of the Arrest Report (CPD-11.420).
    • 4.notify the OEMC dispatcher upon the arrival of the SEV.
      NOTE:
      Department members requesting the transport may be asked by SEV personnel to sign a "Trip Ticket" to confirm transportation. Members are not responsible for payment and their signature verifies only the completion of the SEV transport.
    • 5.accompany the arrestee by riding in the SEV, while the arrestee is being transported, to the designated wheelchair-accessible holding facility as outlined in the Department directive titled "Field Arrest Procedures."
      NOTE:
      Handcuffing, flex-cuffing, or ankle-cuffing an arrestee to a wheelchair or any part of the vehicle is prohibited.
    • 6.escort and maintain control of the arrestee in accordance with Department directives.
    • 7.upon arrival at the Department holding facility, escort the arrestee into the facility for processing.
    • 8.ensure the Arrest Report is reviewed by the district station supervisor in charge of the detention facility, in accordance with the Department directive titled "District Station Supervisor."
    • 9.ensure that each arrest situation is reviewed by the watch operations lieutenant to determine the propriety of the charge and proper indication of initial approval of the probable cause, in accordance with the Department directive titled "Watch Operations Lieutenant."
  • B.The OEMC dispatcher will:
    • 1.confirm with the authorizing supervisor the approval of the SEV transport.
    • 2.ensure that a two-person unit has been given the assignment or that sufficient manpower is assigned to allow:
      • a.a sworn Department member to accompany the wheelchair-bound arrestee in the SEV.
      • b.the second sworn Department member to follow the SEV in a Department vehicle to the transport destination.
    • 3.complete the Specialized Transportation Voucher using the information obtained from the Department member in Item III-A-2 of this directive.
    • 4.notify a transport company, providing the exact location of the transportation request and the exact transport destination for the SEV.
    • 5.note the date, time, and event number of the request and the name of the SEV company on the Specialized Transportation Voucher.
    • 6.ensure that the Specialized Transportation Voucher is faxed to the transport company as soon as possible.
    • 7.record the time of arrival of the SEV at the scene on the Specialized Transportation Voucher upon notification by the Department member.
    • 8.ensure that the original Specialized Transportation Voucher is sent via police mail to the Finance Division, Unit 122.
IV.Transportation of Sick or Injured Arrestees Requiring Wheelchairs
  • A.Department members will advise OEMC of the medical emergency and request an ambulance when an arrestee requiring a wheelchair appears to be sick or injured.
  • B.A sick or injured arrestee requiring a wheelchair and non-emergency medical care prior to admission to the lockup or during any time while in detention will be transported by an SEV to the nearest approved medical facility by following the procedures outlined in Items III-A-1, 2, 4, and 5 of this directive.
    NOTE:
    Each SEV transport is one-way. Members will follow the procedures outlined in Items III-A-1, 2, 4, and 5 of this directive for the return trip if necessary.
  • C.Transporting Department members will escort and maintain control of the arrestee in the medical facility in accordance with Department directives.
    NOTE:
    Handcuffing, flex-cuffing, or ankle-cuffing an arrestee to a wheelchair or any part of the vehicle is prohibited.
V.Transporting an Arrestee Requiring a Wheelchair to Court
If an arrestee requiring a wheelchair must be sent to court, Department members will follow the normal procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Court Call Schedule" and:
  • A.the detention aide/lockup keeper will:
    • 1.notify the district station supervisor that an arrestee requiring a wheelchair must be sent to court.
    • 2.follow the procedures enumerated in Item III-A-2 of this directive.
  • B.the district station supervisor will ensure that a two-person unit has been given the assignment or that sufficient manpower is assigned to allow transportation procedures described in this directive are followed.
  • C.the Department member responsible for preparing the Court Complaint Transmittal Listing (CPD-11.551) will:
    • 1.prepare a separate Court Complaint Transmittal Listing for the arrestee.
    • 2.notify the Cook County Deputy Sheriffs Court Services to apprise them of the incoming arrestee requiring a wheelchair.
      NOTE:
      Record in the narrative field of the Arrest Report the name and star number of the Cook County Deputy Sheriffs personnel notified.
  • D.upon arrival of the SEV at the court facility, the Department member will deliver the arrestee and all related court documents to the Cook County Deputy Sheriffs personnel at the appropriate court.
VI.Form Acquisition Procedures
The Specialized Transportation Voucher can be obtained from the Equipment and Supply Section using normal material requisitioning procedures.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were added or revised.)
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
17-053 MJC