Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S03-03-04
District Field and Tactical Lieutenants
Issue Date:05 February 2019Effective Date:05 February 2019
Rescinds:02 March 2017 Version
Index Category:Field Operations
This directive identifies responsibilities and duties of field and tactical lieutenants assigned to district law enforcement.
II.Basic Responsibilities
  • A.The effectiveness of field supervision is reflected in the performance of subordinates. Supervisors assigned to field duty in district law enforcement will remain cognizant of district crime conditions and specific problem areas, coordinate field activities by direction of personnel toward resolving these problems, and ensure the development and maintenance of a proactive and disciplined patrol force.
  • B.District law enforcement field and tactical lieutenants are responsible for:
    • 1.responding to, assuming command of, and directing supervisory action for major field incidents occurring in their district;
      The responding lieutenant will direct the performance of subordinate personnel consistent with the relevant Department directives, unless relieved by a higher ranking member of the Bureau of Patrol.
    • 2.ensuring the duties and responsibilities outlined in the Department directive entitled "District Field Sergeants" are completed by district field sergeants under their command;
    • 3.conducting roll calls as assigned, unless other priority duties demand their presence elsewhere. In such instances, the assigned lieutenant will designate another appropriate supervisor to conduct roll calls. Roll call procedures will include, but are not limited to, ensuring:
      • a.personnel properly report on duty;
      • b.inspections are conducted (uniform, personal appearance, firearms, etc.), as required;
      • c.proper roll call notifications are made, including court notifications;
      • d.information is exchanged from the prior watch concerning current crime conditions; and
      • e.the appropriate training is conducted.
    • 4.utilize a body worn camera when assigned a camera, in accordance with the Department directive entitled "Body Worn Cameras," if appropriate.
    • 5.monitor subordinates to ensure the body worn camera system is used properly, including:
      • a.verifying that the body-worn camera system, consisting of a camera and controller/battery pack in one, is operational; and
      • b.initiating an investigation when notified of damaged, missing, or lost equipment.
    • 6.mentoring subordinates by helping to develop their knowledge, ability, and confidence to make decisions based on the principles of police legitimacy and procedural justice and in conformance with existing policies;
    • 7.guiding and directing their subordinates, ensuring the achievement of basic and directed patrol on matters affecting their duties and responsibilities;
    • 8.providing information to subordinates about available resources;
    • 9.promoting cooperation among members of their command with those of other units or agencies;
    • 10.monitoring behavior and performance of subordinates and their adherence to Department policies and procedures and taking appropriate action when deficiencies in performance, uniform, and/or equipment are observed;
    • 11.acknowledging excellent performance and recommending appropriate recognition for outstanding achievements;
    • 12.completing evaluations of personnel as directed by the district commander consistent with the Department directive entitled “Performance Evaluation System";
    • 13.participating in the development of Individualized Performance Plans (CPD-62.217) for members who are identified for placement in the Behavioral Intervention System or Personnel Concerns Program, consistent with the Department directives entitled “Behavioral Intervention System” and “Personnel Concerns Program”;
    • 14.conducting and completing Complaint Register (CR) investigations assigned by the executive officer or district commander, in a thorough, objective, and expeditious manner, as directed by the relevant Department directives;
    • 15.performing all duties as required by law, Department directives, and as directed by the executive officer and the district commander.
  • C.In the absence of the watch operations lieutenant, the field or tactical lieutenant will fill the vacancy as directed by district commander or executive officer and be responsible for the duties outlined in the Department directive entitled "Watch Operations Lieutenant."
III.District Field Lieutenants
District field lieutenants will:
  • A.submit a daily Supervisor's Management Log (CPD-11.455) recording responses to field incidents and the action taken in connection with each incident. Field lieutenants will also record on the log observations of watch supervisory personnel under their command;
  • and, if appropriate, approve the Supervisor's Management Logs submitted by district field sergeants under their command;
  • C.ensure that any sector which is not covered due to an unanticipated shortage of field sergeants receives adequate supervisory coverage;
  • D.respond to incidents involving licensed premises or licensees involved in serious incidents, in accordance with existing policies and directives;
  • E.respond, direct the response and the protection of the scene, and maintain command and oversight of the investigation until relieved by a supervisor of higher rank, of any incident involving Department personnel, whether those members were on or off-duty, when:
    • 1.a Department member discharges a firearm,
    • 2.a police officer is shot, seriously injured, or seriously ill,
    • 3.a person is shot and injured by a police officer,
    • 4.a serious injury or death of a person subsequent to interactions with a Department member, including traffic crashes and motor vehicle pursuits.
      Officer-involved death investigations will be conducted consistent with the Department directive entitled "Officer-Involved Death Investigations."
  • F.respond to the following incidents in conformance with existing directives:
    • 1.gunfire is directed at the police,
    • 2.all emergency plans,
    • violence incidents,
    • 4.homicides,
    • 5.aggravated battery with a firearm incidents,
    • 6.mass arrest incidents,
    • 7.all other major field incidents that occur in the district.
  • G.respond to any multiple arrest situation and assume responsibility for making the required notifications and designating arresting officers in accordance with the Department directive entitled "Mass Arrest Procedures";
  • H.monitor radio dispatches and observe responses to radio assignments to provide field supervision and:
    • 1.ensure dispatchers and field sergeants conform to Department dispatch protocol and Alternate Response Section (ARS) policy.
    • 2.investigate the cause of radio assignments pending (RAP) and take necessary action to expeditiously reduce the RAP.
    • 3.identify calls for service that may require a problem-solving-oriented response.
  • I.perform station duties quickly and efficiently and keep time spent in the station to a minimum.
IV.District Tactical Lieutenants
District tactical lieutenants will:
  • closely with the district commander, executive officer and other supervisory personnel assigned to the district in identifying crime activity within the district, as well as working on crime patterns identified by other units of the Department;
  • responsible for the efficiency of tactical unit operations and the coordination of tactical teams within the district;
  • C.maintain liaison with the Bureau of Organized Crime regarding gang and narcotics issues in the district;
  • D.ensure the watch operations lieutenant and district station supervisor are aware of daily tactical team assignments and that the assignments are submitted daily via the Police Computer Aided Dispatch (PCAD) system to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) one hour prior to each roll call; and
  • E.when operationally feasible, accompany tactical team members on search warrants being executed during their regular tours of duty to observe tactics and conduct.
    District tactical lieutenants will regularly review the district search warrant file to review search warrants conducted within their district.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were added or revised.)
Authenticated by: KC
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
19-013 RCL