Engagement on Human Rights Policy and Prohibition of Profiling Policy

Overview

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is committed to community engagement on its Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Racial Profiling policy.

From now until January 28th, 2022. CPD will be seeking community input on its Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Racial Profiling policy. After the community engagement period concludes, CPD will conduct an analysis of the feedback provided and use it to inform revisions on the policies. CPD anticipates publishing a draft of the updated policies when able and will invite the community to review the policies and provide additional feedback. Following any additional revisions, CPD anticipates implementing the updated policies by June 30th, 2022.

Following the implementation of the updated policy, CPD will release a public report detailing the engagement process, summary of community feedback provided and how it was used to inform policy revisions.

About the Policies

Background

In 2017, The United States Department of Justice concluded a yearlong civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department. The investigation revealed serious problems within the nation’s second-largest police department, including evidence of discriminatory policing.

This led a federal judge to authorize a consent decree, which was approved on January 31, 2019. Among the many requirements, the consent decree mandates that the Chicago Police Department:

  • Ensure that its policies and practices prohibit discrimination on the basis of any protected class under federal, state, and local law, including race, color, sex, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military status, source of income, credit history, criminal record, or criminal history.
  • Require that all CPD members interact with all members of the public in an unbiased, fair, and respectful manner.
  • Require that officers refrain from using language or taking action intended to taunt or denigrate an individual, including using racist or derogatory language.
  • Prohibit officers from using race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, homeless status, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, financial status, or lawful source of income when making routine or spontaneous law enforcement decisions, except when such information is part of a specific subject description.

Virtual Webinar

CPD held a live virtual webinar on Monday, November 15th to review its Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Racial Profiling policy and answer general questions from the public.

Get Involved

CPD is offering a number of ways you can provide your input and feedback on its Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Racial Profiling policy.
 

Public Comment on Policy

The Chicago Police Department invites you to review the draft policies and make comments and recommendations on it. To read the policies and provide your feedback, CLICK HERE. Public comments will be open until January 28th, 2022.
 

Public Input Form

CPD has launched anonymous input forms that asks various questions around human rights and prohibitions of profiling. These questions will allow you to provide feedback on specific components of the policies. Responses to this form are entirely anonymous.

Human Rights Policy

Prohibition of Profiling Policy
 

Community Conversations

The Chicago Police Department’s Office of Community Policing will conduct two virtual community conversations. The community conversations will be open to the general public and serve as an opportunity to provide input on the Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Profiling policy. Your input is very much welcome. Please RSVP to attend one of the two planned meetings:

 

Due to capacity, community conversations will be limited to 200 participants per conversation. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
 

Deliberative Dialogues

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is inviting community groups and organizations interested in providing feedback on its Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Profiling policy to meet with members from the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Community Policing and Office of Constitutional Policing and Reform.

Deliberative dialogues ideally involves representatives of various points of view in the community, including those who have been historically underrepresented in public forums and are aimed at understanding other perspectives on important topics or challenges. During deliberative dialogues, participants are invited to share their personal experiences on the issue and engage in a discussion of ideas on resolutions or needed changes in a safe, neutral setting. These dialogues may not always produce a consensus in the end, but the group will ideally understand the complexities of the issue and have a more informed opinion of it. CPD believes these types of dialogues are incredibly helpful at ensuring CPD members understand the perspectives and experiences of the community as policies continue to be revised.

What we ask of your organization:

  • Review the draft Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Profiling policy
  • Identify components within the policies that your organization would like to address.
  • Have a collaborative and respectful mindset that enables productive dialogue between your organization and CPD.

Meetings will begin the week of November 29th, 2021 and will be offered until January 28th, 2022. Organizations interested in participating in a deliberative dialogue must sign-up by January 10th, 2022.

Due to the high demand for meetings, CPD will accommodate as many meeting requests as possible but may not get to every request before January 28th, 2022.

If you have additional questions, please contact [email protected]
Click here to sign up for a deliberative dialogue