Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E03-01-03
Sworn Limited Duty Program
Issue Date:05 December 2013Effective Date:05 December 2013
Rescinds:05 June 2012 Version
Index Category:Employee Rights and Responsibilities
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.outlines Department policy and defines procedures for a sworn member below the rank of lieutenant to be placed in the sworn limited duty program.
  • B.discontinues the Convalescent Duty status.
II.Eligibility Requirements
  • A.Sworn members the rank of lieutenant and above are not eligible for the Sworn Limited Duty Program.
  • B.Eligible sworn members approved for limited duty status will be required to have the ability to:
    • 1.safely carry, handle, and use their Department approved, prescribed firearm, which includes possessing a current, valid Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card.
    • 2.maintain an independent and stable gait without the assistance of external ambulatory supporting devices (e.g., crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.). Subject to evaluation by the Medical Services Section, an eligible sworn Department member wearing a prosthesis or other orthopedic device (e.g., brace, cast, etc.) may be granted a limited duty assignment.
    • 3.safely effectuate an arrest of an arrestee who is defined as an active resister in the Chicago Police Department Use of Force Model outlined in the Department directive entitled "Use of Force Guidelines."
      NOTE:
      This requirement will not apply to members seeking a limited duty assignment due to being injured in the line of duty.
    • 4.drive a motor vehicle, which includes possessing a current, valid driver's license.
III.Limited Duty
  • A.Subject to the availability of an assignment, the needs of the Department, and consistent with an eligible sworn member's medical limitations, the Medical Services Section may place the member into a limited duty status when the member will not be able to perform full duty tasks.
  • B.Eligible sworn Department members who are injured in the line of duty and certified by the Medical Services Section as being able to perform limited duty assignments shall be given available limited duty assignments until they can perform full duty assignments, or until they are mandatorily retired, whichever occurs first.
    NOTE:
    For the purposes of this directive, “injured in the line of duty” is defined as an injury to an active duty officer during the course of performing police functions, while on or off duty, as determined by the Committee on Finance.
  • C.Eligible sworn Department members of the rank of police officer who are not injured in the line of duty or who are ill and are certified by the Medical Services Section as being able to perform limited duty assignments may be given available limited duty assignments, subject to the needs of the Department, for a maximum of 730 days, or until they can perform full duty assignments, whichever occurs first.
    • 1.Beginning 1 January 2012, the 730 days shall be cumulative over the course of an eligible sworn member's career.
    • 2.The 730 day count shall not include days:
      • a.in which an eligible sworn member is on their assigned annual furlough.
      • b.incurred by a sworn member approved for limited duty status whose injury was sustained during deployment as an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces in a combat zone as designated by an Executive Order from the President of the United States.
  • D.Eligible sworn Department members of the rank of sergeant who are not injured in the line of duty or who are ill and are certified by the Medical Services Section as being able to perform limited duty assignments may be given available limited duty assignments, subject to the needs of the Department.
    • 1.Beginning 1 October 2012, sergeants who have completed twenty full years of service with the Department shall be eligible to participate in the limited-duty program up to a maximum of 730 days.
    • 2.Beginning 1 October 2012, sergeants who have completed less than twenty full years of service with the Department shall be eligible to participate in the limited-duty program up to a maximum of 365 days.
    • 3.The aforementioned day count shall not include days in which an eligible sworn member is on their assigned annual furlough.
  • E.An eligible sworn Department member currently on the medical roll for a certified injury or illness may be placed into a limited duty status by the Medical Services Section if the member's restrictions, based on reasonable medical standards, enable the member to perform limited duty assignments.
  • F.An eligible sworn Department member not currently on the medical roll but seeking limited duty status due to a reported injury or illness will contact the Medical Services Section and request a review of their medical condition. The member will submit all medical test results, medical evaluations, and other requested documentation in order to be considered for the program.
  • G.The Medical Services Section may refer any member on limited duty to a physician designated by the Department for a medical examination. The Medical Services Section will determine the eligible sworn member's continued use of the limited duty program. All medical expenses incurred as the result of this evaluation will be the responsibility of the Department.
IV.Responsibilities
  • A.The Medical Services Section will:
    • 1.approve a limited duty status, as appropriate, based upon a review of the submitted Medical Certification for Limited Duty Assignment forms, the treating physicians work restrictions, and the requirements of this directive.
    • 2.notify the Director, Human Resources Division, and the Chief, Bureau of Administration, or their designee when:
      • a.an eligible sworn member is approved for limited duty status, or
      • b.a member in limited duty status is returned to full duty status.
    • 3.when a limited duty status has been approved:
      • a.notify the eligible sworn member that a limited duty status has been approved, including the limited duty status expiration date, and ensure the CLEAR Automated Medical System reflects the limited duty status.
      • b.notify the eligible sworn Department member's unit of assignment using the work status section of the CLEAR system.
    • 4.when a limited duty status has not been approved, notify the eligible sworn member that a limited duty status has not been approved.
    • 5.review each eligible sworn Department member's limited duty status on a regular basis, as indicated in the CLEAR system.
    • 6.record in the eligible sworn Department member's medical file any changes in the member's status and the reason for the member's continued limited duty status.
  • B.The Chief, Bureau of Administration, or designee will:
    • 1.identify a limited duty assignment within the Department.
    • 2.ensure members approved for limited duty status are detailed to limited duty assignments based on Department needs.
    • 3.ensure eligible sworn members that are returned to full duty status are assigned appropriately, in consultation with the First Deputy Superintendent.
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
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