Community & Youth Relations / by Darryl Holliday

  1. The City should engage the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice to implement a “Reconciliation Process” in Chicago. Critical elements of the process involve the Superintendent publicly acknowledging CPD’s history of racial disparity and discrimination in police practices and making a public commitment to cultural change required to eliminate racial bias and disparity.
  2. The Mayor and the President of the Cook County Board should work together to co-sponsor quarterly summits of key stakeholders and community leaders to develop and implement comprehensive criminal justice reform.
  3. The Mayor and the President of the Cook County Board should work together to develop and implement programs that address socioeconomic justice and equality, housing segregation, systemic racism, poverty, education, health and safety.
  4. CPD should clarify in its general order prohibiting racial profiling and other bias-based policing whether race may be used to any degree in developing grounds for a stop, other than where race is part of a specific suspect description.
  5. Through its Data Portal, CPD should regularly release incident-level information on arrests, traffic stop reports, investigatory stop reports and predecessor contact cards and officer weapon use (firearm and nonlethal). To facilitate trend analysis, the incident-level data should reach back at least to January 1, 2010.
  6. CPD should resume publishing annual reports.
  7. After the ACLU agreement terminates, CPD should continue supervisory review and audits of investigatory stop and pat-down practices, with oversight by the new Community Safety Oversight Board and Inspector General for the Public Safety.
  8. CPD should develop and use recruitment, selection and promotion strategies that increase diversity and the likelihood that officers will be culturally competent, fair and impartial, especially when policing communities of color.
  9. CPD should hire a Deputy Chief of Diversity and Inclusion.
  10. CPD should adopt and promote a clear, progressive policing philosophy grounded in core values such as respect, protecting the sanctity of all life and protecting civil and human rights.
  11. CPD should bring in experts and credible trainers to deliver comprehensive training on cultural competence and implicit bias for all recruits, officers and supervisors.
  12. CPD should involve the community in officer training that includes being trained by and partnering with community leaders, organizations and youth.
  13. CPD, including the Deputy Chief of Diversity and Inclusion, should analyze deployment strategies to ensure officers are culturally competent and have a proper understanding of the neighborhoods where they are assigned.
  14. Where possible, CPD should assign more experienced officers to high-crime districts, beats and shifts. If new officers are given these difficult assignments, they should be partnered with experienced officers with exemplary disciplinary histories and the proven ability to work with diverse populations.
  15. CPD should adopt community policing as a core philosophy.
  16. CPD should replace CAPS with localized Community Empowerment and Engagement Districts (CEED) and support them accordingly.
  17. CPD should expand the methods it uses to communicate and work with neighborhood residents.
  18. CPD should reinvest in civilian organizing staff.
  19. CPD should renew its commitment to beat-based policing and work to expand community patrols.
  20. CPD should include information about how the public is being involved and how effectively neighborhood concerns are being addressed in CompStat.
  21. CPD should evaluate and improve the training officers receive with respect to youths to ensure that all officers are prepared to engage with youth in ways that are age-appropriate, trauma-informed and based in a restorative justice model.
  22. CPD and CPS should ensure that officers who are assigned to schools have clear job descriptions and expectations that are shared by CPS and CPD, receive extensive and ongoing training on how to engage with youth and crisis intervention and are swiftly reassigned if they fail to meet expectations.
  23. Train the community in Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, including by:
    • Creating a CPS policy and City Ordinance requiring that students receive instruction on how to exercise 4th, 5th and 6th Amendment rights; and
    • Create a technology platform to assist with a public service announcement campaign and informational videos in police stations.
  24. The City should enact an ordinance, and CPD should promulgate general orders:
    • Mandating that arrestees be allowed to make phone calls to an attorney and/or family member(s) within one hour after arrest, allowing only for limited exceptions in exigent circumstances;
    • Mandating that a legal aid or other provider be contacted within 30 minutes of the arrest of any juvenile, and that CPD wait for legal representation to arrive before any questioning of a juvenile occurs; and
    • Confirming that CPD will prominently post information concerning rights to counsel, as already required under state law, and include any willing legal aid provider’s name and 24-hour contact information.