Chicago Police Department
CHICAGO POLICE ANNOUNCE RE-ORGANIZATION OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS SECTION
Specialized Units to be Assigned under Special Functions Section, 5th Platoon to be added to the Targeted Response Unit, More Officers
Reassigned to Patrol and IAD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2007
CHICAGO—Chicago Police today announced the reorganization of the department's Special Operations Section (SOS) assigning all of the specialized units under one unit called the Special Functions Group. The Group will remain under the Bureau of Strategic Deployment.
Operationally, the Special Functions Group will become even more strategic and tactical in its focus. Eight of the department's specialized units that include SWAT, the Marine Unit, the Helicopter Unit, the Mounted Patrol Unit, the Canine Unit, the Animal Abuse Unit, the Critical Incident Response Unit and the Dignitary Protection Unit, will fall under the direct command of the newly created Special Functions Group utilizing those officers who have tactical training and specialized skills.
"As we have stated in the past, we are tightening up our processes and we believe that all of these measures will no doubt strengthen community relationships, enhance our violence reduction strategies and make us better police officers," said Interim Superintendent Dana V. Starks.
He added that the reorganization had already been underway for the last two months beginning with the assignment of a new commander.
The Targeted Response Unit will add a 5th Platoon assigning officers to targeted areas where violence is known to occur. The officers will be highly visible on the streets in uniform and in marked squad cars with vehicles equipped with GPS. Officers will operate under a tactical team concept, armed with intelligence from the Deployment Operations and Crime Prevention Information Centers, targeting gang violence and the seizure of weapons.
Members will also be assigned to the Patrol Division focusing on areas where gang retaliations and shootings have spiked.
In a effort to continue to demonstrate the department's commitment to the integrity of officer performance, more police officers will be assigned to the Internal Affairs Division to enhance the department's investigative process. Internal Affairs will also increase integrity checks. Officers will visit district station supervisors to follow up and monitor complaints.
Some of these unannounced visits are designed to ensure that community and police service is being provided in a professional and courteous manner by the police. This pro-active approach is designed to analyze citizen complaints, and how supervisors are responding to identify potential problems.
Additionally, the Interim Superintendent's Office is meeting on a regular basis with top command staff to address and closely monitor the complaint process. These meetings are designed to identify patterns before they become problems by evaluating assignments, and comparing data from the Personnel Performance System.
None of these assignments will add additional costs to the police department's operating budget.
All of these measures demonstrate the department's ongoing commitment to building trust within the community, strengthening the resources for police officers and fighting crime to make everv communitv safe.