Saturday, December 21, 2019

Chicago Police Returning to Original Detective Division Organization

Prior to Garry McCarthy becoming the Chicago Police Superintendent of Police, the department operated a system of 5 Detective Areas that each covered a geographic area made-up of several Chicago Police districts. When McCarthy became Superintendent, he closed down two Detective Areas, along with the 013th District, the 021st and 023rd Districts. With this move, he re-organized the Detective Division into 3 Detective Areas known as Area North (Area 3), Area Central (Area 2), and Area South (Area 1).

Under the McCarthy re-organization, Area North covered the 011th, 014th, 015th, 016th, 017th, 019th, 020th, 024th, and 025th Districts. O'Hare was also part of Area North in regards to the use of investigative resources. O'Hare is currently part of the CPD Airport Unit, split into Airport Unit North and Airport Unit South. Midway Airport is CPD Airport Unit South. Midway also was part of Detective Area South (Area 1) under the McCarthy re-organization.

Area Central covered districts 001, 002, 003, 008, 009, 010, 012, and 018.

Area South covered districts 004, 005, 006, 007, and 022

What this move actually did was to strain the resources of the Detective Division, forcing Detectives into overcrowded buildings where they had no real workspace, and had to compete for usage of computers and other tools. Detectives had to travel longer distances to crime scenes. Victims and witnesses had to travel longer distances to work together with Detectives to close cases.

When the city returns to the original Detective Division organization in April of 2020, this below map is what the Detective Division will look like.

Anthony Guglielmi, who serves as the Chief Communications Officer for the Chicago Police Department, released a copy of the Detective Area boundary map on 17 December 2019

Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said, with the city currently divided into three detective areas, it can sometimes take detectives 60 to 90 minutes to arrive at a crime scene. “By then, many witnesses are gone, and evidence has often been contaminated. These new areas aim to improve CPD’s response time,” he said.

The two shuttered detective areas that are being reopened have not been updated since the 1970s, and will undergo $5 million in renovations before they reopen in April. They also will receive Area Technology Centers – tech hubs already in place at the three existing detective areas, to help investigators more quickly access surveillance camera footage after a shooting or other crime.

The Area Technology Centers were bankrolled by a donation from billionaire Ken Griffin.

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