On Monday, April 26th, 2021, Chicago-One released the Chicago Police Department Bureau of Detectives Violent Crimes Training Manual through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The training manual was researched and put together by the department's Investigative Development Group (IDG). That training manual contains details about how the Chicago Police Department handles criminal case reports.
This article will give the public an in-depth look at the exact procedures and protocols followed by the Chicago Police Department when you file a police report for either a misdemeanor, or a felony crime.
Those who are social media users, and those who also like to keep-up with what's happening on our city streets are likely familiar with the #ChicagoScanner, #CrimeisDown, #Chicago, #Chicagoland, and other Chicago-related Twitter hashtags. Those same people and millions of others are likely also familiar with the OpenMhz and Broadcastify audio streaming services where the public can listen in to Chicago Police radio communications between department units and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Many Chicagoans or others who use these services, as well as anyone who has ever made a police report with the Chicago Police Dept. have heard of "RD Numbers" and "Event Numbers".
Going to CrimeisDown will take you to the Chicago Scanner Listening and Media Reporting Style Guide. That guide gives some basics to start with that may help the reader understand what is being presented here a bit better.
Chicago Police have never been even the tiniest bit open about the report process and the different ways a criminal case report can be handled by the city. Today, RIGHT NOW, the public gets to learn exactly what happens when you report a misdemeanor or felony crime to the Chicago Police Department, and an officer generates a case report.
When you report a misdemeanor or felony crime to the Chicago Police Dept, the officer you speak with will generate what is called an "Original Case Incident Report". These used to be known as a "General Offense Case Report".
What you see here are what the old blank case reports used to look like. Today's case reports ask for the same information, but are formatted differently.
|UCR and Location Code Sheet used to generate Chicago police Department Case Reports|
When an officer or a detective generates one of these reports, you, the victim, get what is called a "Victim Information Notice". This notice contains all the information you need to pursue your case with the Chicago Police Dept. See below for copy of a blank Victim Information Notice. These notices are available in several languages.
Once you've made your report, and you have your Victim Information Notice, the case awaits approval by a Sgt. in the CIRA (Case Incident Reporting Application) system.
Here's what happens next....
Your case report goes into the CHRIS system from CIRA after it's approved by a Sgt, and the Bureau of Detectives now has responsibility for reviewing your case report to determine if it meets the criteria for assignment to a Detective. This means that one of the 5 Chicago Police Dept Area Detective Divisions responsible for investigating and analyzing crime in the district where the crime occurred will be the Detective Area assigned to your case report. The review process for determining if a case report meets the criteria for assignment to a Detective is called "Case Management", and each Detective Area has a CMO (Case Management Office) where that determination is made.
The whole premise of CPD's case management protocol and criteria for case assignment to a Detective is to protect the department's financial bottom line. The overall big question is "can we get away without assigning a Detective to this case?" and the next big question is "Well, if we HAVE to assign a Detective, is this a case we can easily close out with a successful arrest & prosecution while spending as little of the department's budget as possible?". They aren't thinking about the victim.
Here are the different kinds of case assignments CPD looks at........
The Area Detective Division performs an Administrative Investigation to determine if a Detective even needs to be assigned.
The first thing to know and remember is that there are codes & classifications used in CHRIS that change the status of your case depending on what kind of supplementary report the assigned Detective writes. This was mentioned once above, but it is SOOOOOO important! Case status is EVERYTHING, especially if you or your loved one are the victim of a serious crime.
The name of the game as a Detective is to work the case until that Detective can clear it. The whole idea is to clear as many cases as possible, as quickly as possible. There are 5 final clearance codes in CHRIS on top of the 7 you see just above.