Monday, December 30, 2019

Chicago Police Unveil New Years Eve Safety Plan

CPD Chief of Patrol Fred Waller flanked to his right by OEMC Executive Director Rich Guidice and to his left by Illinois State Police Officials

Chicago Police and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications have unveiled the city's public safety plans today. Chief of CPD's Bureau of Patrol, Fred Waller, stated the department will deploy 1,300 officers on New Years Eve.


Starting at 4 p.m., sidewalks on one side of each of the following bridges will be closed: Franklin/Orleans Street Bridge (west sidewalk), LaSalle Street Bridge (east sidewalk), Clark Street Bridge (east sidewalk), Dearborn Street Bridge (east sidewalk), and State Street Bridge (east sidewalk). The bridges will close completely beginning at 11 p.m., and eastbound Upper Wacker Drive will close to vehicular traffic to allow for viewing of the fireworks. Streets are expected to reopen approximately 10 minutes after the fireworks display. The Chicago Riverwalk will close at 10 p.m. Tuesday and no viewing will be allowed on the Riverwalk.

See the full CPD Press Conference from today here.

Command Posts and Lost / Separated Persons

The Chicago Police Department maintains command posts at large-scale events such as the yearly New Years Eve celebration. Police know that adults and people of all ages become separated or lost at these events. Police have a special place to take these separated or lost persons, especially if they are persons with medical concerns, or are underage. 

The two main operations command centers are at OEMC and Chicago Public Safety Headquarters. Those places, however, are not where separated or lost persons would go. CPD maintains command posts in the field staffed by officers who can ensure lost or separated, even sick persons can obtain emergency help. 

The Chicago Fire Department also maintains their own, joint command ops with CPD. The Chicago Fire Department has small, emergency mobile medic units, and bike medics who can assess a person and call for either the mobile medic unit or an ambulance. 

Public Records Tracking For CPD / OEMC / CFD Operations

 if you should become a victim of a crime, a medical incident, or an incident involving both a crime and a medical incident, you have a right to obtain all city and other government records pertaining to that incident.

Journalists of both the corporate and independent type should know specifics about how to pull records for investigation of city government emergency response activities.

The New Years Eve event will be recorded under one Event Number and one RD Number for CPD. OEMC records will use the same Event Number for CPD AND CFD responses. Event Numbers roll over to zero at midnight every night, and are formatted as follows:

First two digits are the last two numbers of the current year. The next three numbers are the day of the year. The last five digits are the chronological order the incident occurred.

Example for upcoming year 2020: 20 (last two of current year)-001(chronological day of year)-00000 (last five are chronological order the incident occurred in)

CPD RD Numbers reset to zero on January 1st of every year at 12AM. The first two digits of the RD number indicate the year the report was filed in. Example: RD# JC-000001 (JC = year 2019) and the six numbers after that are the chronological order the report was made in. 000001 would be the first report of the year, no matter what kind of incident it was.

CFD responses use only an Event Number or Run Number in CFD run logs. CFD routinely contends that Ambulance run logs are HIPAA protected.

Victims and journalists alike are urged to perform FOIA requests of significant incidents to help make sure the city is handling incidents correctly. Journalists should cross-reference responsive material from this New Years Eve event against established CPD and CFD policies before publishing anything.

 CPD New Years Eve Practices in Inner-City Districts

Established CPD pattern of practice on New Years Eve in the Inner-City police districts over many years is to answer only the top priority calls. If a person isn't critically injured and dying, there will very likely be no response. 

Calls about shots fired, fireworks calls, noise disturbances, etc, will automatically be coded-out by the Sgt, Lt, or Watch Commander to keep resources free for more serious calls. Strong arm robberies, battery incidents, and all other low-level violence calls where there is no injury will be referred to 311 or the victims will be told to go to the nearest police station. 

Street stops of vehicles and people on foot will be made strategically and with careful discretion so as to keep units free for serious responses.

Those people going out and about on New Years Eve should use a heightened level of caution. Your personal safety is at higher risk during major holidays, as you may not get a police or CFD response in a timely manner if you become a victim. Individuals are urged to perform their own best intelligence survey of their communities, their planned routes, and their destination areas BEFORE heading out and back home. 

Chicago-One will be live reporting here on the official Chicago-One News site, and at the Chicago-One Mastodon account (Twitter alternative) as events start to kick off, and well after midnight on Jan 1st, 2020!

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