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4 Dec 2014

Chicago Police Detectives are asking for help in identifying burglary victims in the Area of the 19th and 20th Districts. Anyone who has been the victim of a burglary in the area is encouraged to attend and identify stolen items at the Bureau of Detectives-Area North Auditorium (2452 W. Belmont Ave.), on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Area North Property Crime Detectives at 312-744-8263.

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30 Nov 2014

Officer Blanca Magallon is in desperate need of a bone marrow match. She was diagnosed with leukemia in July, and there is no donor match in her family. She is a mother of four young daughters – the youngest is just two years old. Magallon is also a and long-time police officer in the 1st District.

While undergoing treatments, the devoted mom has only been able to have very limited contact with her daughters.  She is undergoing chemotherapy, but needs a bone marrow transplant to fight the disease. The Magallon family has partnered with BeTheMatch.org in order to find a donor. There are no needles required to be tested, just a simple cheek swab. We are thankful for the many potential donors who turned out to support Officer Magallon at our recent events to join the donor registry.

Visit www.bethematch.org to learn how you can join the donor registry. More than 70% of leukemia patients do not have a donor match within their family. You could save a life.

25 Nov 2014

A special course through the Citizen’s Police Academy gives community members nominated across the City a taste of what it’s like to be a Chicago Police Officer. The goal of the program is to inform members of the community everything that goes into the Department.

The course is 9 weeks and meets once each week for three-and-a-half hours. It offers overviews of topics like Procedural Justice and Physical Skills. Participants learn about the mental and physical work necessary to be a police officer, and they get an opportunity to be hands-on and learn handcuffing, takedowns, and go through an obstacle course.

It truly is a small sampling of what officers experience. The classes feature the department’s organization, and technology and demonstration of the topics. Community members are given the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters. Presenters are from various units within the department such as Organized Crime, Investigative Services, Patrol, Internal Affairs, and more.

17 Nov 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Garry McCarthy were on hand to celebrate the most recent Chicago Police recruit graduation at Navy Pier. This particular ceremony featured 105 graduates, who will be joining the force.

Since Mayor Emanuel has taken office, 1,149 new police officers have joined the Chicago Police Department. There have also been promotions at every rank to build up strong leadership.

Thirty-two of the graduates served in the military, and 16 graduates are representing a second generation of law enforcement in their families.

Prior to graduation, police recruits train at the Police Academy for five months. During that time, they undergo approximately 1,000 hours of instruction and then take the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Exam. Every recruit must pass the exam in order to be certified as a law enforcement officer in the State of Illinois. Following graduation and the earning of this certification, they begin the Field Training Program as a Probationary Police Officer.

Once that is completed satisfactorily, with 13 months of field experience, these probationary officers will become full-fledged police officers.

For more information, go here.

11 Nov 2014

The Chicago Police Department currently has more than 300 officers serving on active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom, and more than an additional 100 officers who are enlisted in the U.S. Military. We are proud of them and of the many military veterans who now serve as Chicago Police Officers. Thank you to all the veterans today and everyday for their service. Happy Veterans Day!

4 Nov 2014

Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy presented awards today to outstanding officers at the Superintendent’s Monthly Departmental Commendation Ceremony. The event recognizes officers who have distinguished themselves and the Chicago Police Department by their exemplary bravery and laudable actions.


Officer David Harris, a ten-year Department veteran who tragically lost his life in a traffic crash while off-duty on March 14th, was posthumously awarded a Department Commendation today. It was accepted on his behalf by his wife, Sandra Harris, and his mother, Nora Harris

26 Oct 2014

More information on the Domestic Violence Task Force, which was piloted in the 014 District and will expand to the 003 District in Grand Crossing.