The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 ILCS 140/1 et. seq., is a State law that provides persons with access to public records. Each City department is a separate public body responsible for maintaining its own records, so requests should be submitted to the department that maintains the records you want.

The administrative headquarters of the Chicago Police Department is located at 3510 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60653. Information about the Police Department may be found throughout the Police Department’s website (www.chicagopolice.org). For convenience, links to webpages on the following subjects are as follows:

A brief description of the Chicago Police Department, with a short summary of each Department Bureau.

A block diagram of the Department’s functional subdivisions.

The number and location of Department police stations.

Information regarding the Department’s annual operating budget, and approximate number of full and part-time employees.

Information regarding the policies and procedures of the Chicago Police Department can be found in the Department Directives System.

Certain activities of the Police Department are overseen by the Chicago Police Board, which is a separate City department. A brief description of the Police Board’s powers and responsibilities, and membership information, can be found on that City department’s website (www.cityofchicago.org/policeboard). The aforementioned information satisfies subsection 5 ILCS 140/4(a) of the Act.

All FOIA requests submitted to the Police Department should be printed or typed, and include the following information:

  1. The name, mailing address and daytime phone number of the requester.
  2. A description of the records that are being requested.

You have the option of using the Police Department’s Freedom of Information Request form available below. Please fill out the “Requester” portion only, below the instructions.

Commercial Purposes – If the record sought is for a commercial purpose, the requester must disclose this in the initial request for information

FOIA requests may be submitted to the Police Department in four ways.

  1. By mail to the following address:
    Chicago Police Department
    Attn: Freedom of Information Officer
    Freedom of Information Section, Unit 114
    3510 S. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60653
  2. Drop off in person at the Police Records Customer Service Section, located at 3510 S. Michigan Ave. Service hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays).
  3. By facsimile to (312) 745-6948. Please be sure that the cover sheet or document is clearly made to the attention of “Freedom of Information Officer.”
  4. By e-mail to the following e-mail address: foia@chicagopolice.org

Except when a fee is otherwise fixed by statute, the Illinois Freedom of Information Act allows the Department to charge fees for reproducing and certifying public records. However, no copying fee is charged for the first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies. See subsection 5 ILCS 140/6(b) of the Act.

If you have any questions regarding FOIA requests, you may call the Police Department’s Freedom of Information Section at (312) 745-5308.