In May 2023, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) published a draft of its Racial Equity Action Plan, a first for CPD, and is currently inviting the public to review it and provide feedback to CPD on it. A Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP) is a multi-year strategic plan that articulates how a department will work to improve equitable outcomes in their core work (service-delivery, policy, programs, finance, HR, etc.). CPD began developing its REAP in December 2022, with guidance from the City of Chicago’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice. The creation of CPD’s REAP stems from the City of Chicago’s municipal code (2-4-100), which requires that all city departments must create and maintain REAPs “to articulate and guide strategy aimed at advancing equity and making it a permanent pillar in all departmental workstreams.” Progress on all REAPs is accounted for annually as a part of the City of Chicago’s budget process.
From now until August 15th, 2023, CPD is inviting the public to review its draft Racial Equity Action Plan and provide your feedback and input on it.
Provide Your Comments
You can review the draft plan seen below and provide any written responses you have directly to the Chicago Police Department. You can also email your comments directly to [email protected]
Fill out a Questionnaire
A digital questionnaire is open for you to respond directly to several questions specifically focused on the Racial Equity Action Plan.
Meet with the Chicago Police Department
If you or your community group is interested in meeting with members from the Chicago Police Department to learn more about the Racial Equity Action Plan and to provide your feedback to CPD, please reach out to the Office of Community Policing by emailing [email protected]
Questions for your Comments
CPD is asking you to consider the following questions when reviewing the draft plan and providing your feedback:
- How would you define the problems that CPD faces with community engagement, workforce, and public safety?
- What do you believe are the root causes of those problems for community engagement, workforce, and public safety?
- What do you believe is missing from CPD’s draft Racial Equity Action Plan?
- What would you recommend CPD include in its final Racial Equity Action Plan?