Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S05-14-01
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Response
Issue Date:13 December 2016Effective Date:13 December 2016
Rescinds:29 February 2012 Version
Index Category:Extraordinary Responses
I.Purpose
This directive:
II.General Information
  • A.CIT members are Department members who have voluntarily attended and successfully completed the 40-hour Basic CIT Training and have been certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) as CIT officers. The Basic CIT Training is an in-depth specialized training course that provides officers with education about mental illness signs and symptoms and de-escalation techniques.
  • B.CIT members may field test equipment related to CIT responses, as determined by the Superintendent of Police.
  • C.Any sworn member assigned to a mental-health-related assignment may complete and submit a Mental Health - Crisis Intervention Report, in addition to any other required reports.
  • D.CIT members are authorized to wear the Chicago Police Department CIT pin on the right pocket flap of their outer uniform garment, aligned under the name plate.
  • E.The CIT Program will maintain an updated listing of CIT members and their unit of assignment via the eLearning application.
  • F.No officer will continue under the provisions of this directive when the circumstances clearly indicate that an Active Shooter, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Incidents, or School Violent Incident Plan (SVIP) situation exists. Members will follow the procedures as delineated in the appropriate Department directive.
III.Procedures
  • A.Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
    • 1.When dispatching calls for service, OEMC will be responsible for assigning identified mental-health-related calls for service to:
      • a.a CIT member, when available.
      • b.non-CIT trained members, if no CIT members are available.
      NOTE:
      The lack of a CIT member will not delay dispatching of a mental health-related assignment. Dispatchers will not hold assignments pending the availability of a CIT member.
    • 2.Non-CIT members encountering a situation with a mental health component may request the assistance of a CIT member.
    • 3.OEMC dispatchers may deviate from the dispatch protocol outlined in Department directive entitled "Radio Communications" when dispatching identified mental-health-related calls for service.
  • B.District Supervisors
    • 1.Station supervisors will:
      • a.ensure that the daily assignment roster sent to OEMC and entered in the PCAD reflects CIT members by placing the letter “Z” next to the members’ names.
        NOTE:
        A roster of CIT members is available via the eLearning application.
      • b.forward all submitted Mental Health - Crisis Intervention Reports to the CIT Program.
    • 2.CIT sergeants will:
      • a.when feasible, respond and provide supervisory guidance on mental-health-related assignments.
      • b.ensure that a Mental Health - Crisis Intervention Report is completed on mental-health-related assignments identified in Item III-C-4 of this directive.
      • c.be responsible for the collection, review, and approval of the Mental Health - Crisis Intervention Reports and the submission of the approved reports to the station supervisor.
      NOTE:
      When there are no CIT sergeants available, a non-CIT sergeant will fulfill the duties of a CIT sergeant.
  • C.CIT Police Officers:
    • 1.will receive assignments that have been designated by OEMC as having a mental health component.
    • 2.will provide assistance, when requested, to other members.
    • 3.may assume responsibility, with supervisory approval, of an assignment that they were not originally assigned.
    • 4.when assigned to investigate an incident with a mental health component will:
      • a.complete a Mental Health - Crisis Intervention Report (CPD-15.520) only when:
        • a.no other report has been completed to document the incident, or
        • b.unusual circumstances exist (e.g., repeated calls to the location, history of violence).
      • b.when the assignment is complete, use a "Z – Zebra; Mental-Health-Related" code when requesting an RD Number for a UCR code or using the proper number-letter code from the Miscellaneous Incident Reporting Table at the conclusion of the incident.
        • (1)When requesting an RD Number using a UCR code, a "Z - Zebra" code will be added to the UCR code, via the OEMC dispatcher or the PDT, when the incident has a mental health component.
          • (a)When requesting an RD Number from the OEMC dispatcher, Department members will add a "Z" to the appropriate UCR code.
            EXAMPLE:
            "Please provide an RD Number for an 1160Z."
          • (b)When using the PDT, Department members will select the appropriate UCR code from the drop-down menu and will add a "Z" to the IUCR Code Box.
            EXAMPLE:
        • (2)When using the proper number-letter code from the Miscellaneous Incident Reporting Table, a "Z - Zebra" code will be added to the code, via the OEMC dispatcher or the PDT, when the incident has a mental health component.
          • (a)When providing a number-letter code to the OEMC dispatcher, Department members will add a "Z" to the appropriate code.
            EXAMPLE:
            "Please clear the assignment with a 19-P(Paul), Z(Zebra)."
          • (b)When using the PDT, members will select the appropriate incident response codes from the drop-down menus and will add a "Z" to the code in the Disposition Box.
            EXAMPLE:
    NOTE:
    When there are no CIT-trained officers available, a non-CIT-trained officer will fulfill the duties of a CIT officer. Non-CIT-trained officers may request the assistance of a CIT officer(s) for assignments that have a mental health component. CIT officers will be assigned as available; however, the responsibility of the assignment will remain with the assigned non-CIT officer.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
16-119 MWK