CPD launches community engagement opportunities

Date: 
09/18/2020
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As part of the Department’s latest community engagement effort, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is launching a series of public surveys on several impartial policing policies.

Later this month, they will begin conducting discussions with community members and individuals with lived experiences to gain feedback on ways to improve or develop policies. 

Members of the public have until Oct. 15, 2020, to complete online surveys on the following policy topics:

“In order for our policies to be truly effective, they must reflect the community’s input, feedback and shared experiences,” says Deputy Superintendent Barbara West, who oversees the CPD Office of Constitutional Policing and Reform. “Policing fairly and without bias is vital to fostering positive relationships between CPD and the communities we serve.” 

Being part of the answers
As part of CPD's compliance with the Consent Decree to review its policies and actively involve the community in that process, CPD is forming community focus groups, using web-based technology. 

In those groups they are looking for public feedback and lived experiences on ways they can better improve their policies. 

To participate, fill in a seven-question form online

Participants for focus groups will be selected at random. In the selection, efforts will be made to ensure they accurately reflect the full diversity of the communities and residents CPD officers are sworn to serve and protect. 

Individuals selected to attend a focus group will be directly contacted by CPD. The Department will work to accommodate as many requests as possible, but will not be able to offer everyone a spot on a focus group. So…act now. 

Earlier this year, CPD hosted a series of community meetings to engage different communities and gather feedback on draft policies that were required to be reviewed and revised as part of the City's consent decree. Subjects included use of force, crisis intervention, response to hate crimes and body-worn camera use.

To continue establishing trust within the communities they serve, CPD will also periodically post policies for public review and comment. 

The comment period for most policies will remain open for 15 days from the day it is published. Select policies will have longer comment periods. 

When the comment period closes, CPD will then review and consider comments received from the public before finalizing the policy and placing the directive in effect.

For more background information about CPD actions and ways to engage with the department, you may want to start where "Your Opinion Matters." 

CPD commitments
As part of its commitment toward implementing the reform measures outlined in the consent decree, CPD is to establish and maintain clear channels through which community members can provide input regarding CPD’s use of force policies and propose revisions or additions to those policies. 

What is the Consent Decree
For the first time in Chicago's history, a court order mandates broad police reform. It came to fruition in 2017 when the U.S. Department of Justice concluded a yearlong civil rights investigation of CPD.  In 2019, the Consent Decree was approved by the Court.

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