Police Bureau Information

Bureau Layout

  • Bureau of Administrative Services
    • No PCs in the department at this time
  • Bureau of Crime Strategies and Accountability
    • No PCs in the department at this time
  • Bureau of Investigative Services
    • Detective Division
      • Rowan - Captain
        • Bomb and Arson Unit
        • Cold Case Unit
        • Fugitive Apprehension Unit
        • Homicide
        • Major Accidents Investigation Section
        • Forensic Services Section
          • Peta – Detective Sergeant
    • Organized Crime Division
  • Bureau of Patrol
  • Bureau of Strategic Deployment
    • Targeted Response Unit
  • Consultants to the Chicago Police Department
    • Luna – Occult and Magic
    • Jack – Consultant also US Marshall, licensed vampire executioner
    • Roderick – Consultant also U.S. Marshal, Animator

Job descriptions per rank

  • Captain – Due to the position and the administrative needs of the department the Captain of the department of Detective Division is in charge of the day to day activities of the lieutenants of each department which there are six (Bomb and Arson Unit, Cold Case Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Homicide, Major Accidents Investigation Section, and Forensic Services Section). This person is to be involved in cases when necessary based on the volume of the department’s load and on a case by case basis. The Captain will also handle the day to day issuing of all communications that need to be passed through the department’s six divisions. As part of the chain of command, the Captain is responsible for overseeing any and all reprimanding actions within the divisions against any officer and to ensure that those under the Captain’s command are meeting or exceeding their review status for their position.

Side Note - Each division is still responsible for its own individual communications and sending an update to the Captain as well.

  • Raking of Detective Lieutenant – The Lieutenant of the department is responsible for the day to day activities of the detectives below them. This person is to be involved in cases when necessary based on the volume of the department’s load and on a case by case basis. The Lieutenant will also handle the day to day issuing of all communications that need to be passed through the division. As part of the chain of command, the Lieutenant is responsible for overseeing any and all reprimanding actions within the divisions against any officer and to ensure that the Lieutenant and those under their command are meeting or exceeding their review status for their position.
  • Ranking of Detective Sergeant - The Sergeant of the department is responsible for the day to day activities of themselves and their partner (normally of equal rank or within a mentor program for training new recruits into the department) on the cases they are handling. This person is to be involved in cases they are assigned and help others within their division when necessary. This is based on the volume of the department’s load and on a case by case basis. The Sergeant will also handle the day to day updating of their assignments to Lieutenant. As part of the chain of command, the Sergeant is responsible for overseeing any and all reprimanding actions if their partner is under their mentorship and training. The Sergeant is to ensure that they and those under their mentorship are meeting or exceeding their review status for their position.
  • Ranking of Detective Officer – The Detective is responsible for the day to day activities of themselves on the cases they are handling. This person is to be involved in cases they are assigned and help others within their division when necessary. This is based on the volume of the department’s load and on a case by case basis. They are responsibly to ensure that they are meeting or exceeding their review status for their position.

Dress Code for On and Off Duty

  • UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS (Patrol Division)

Officers must only wear approved uniform as issued, unless permitted by this code. The uniform must be kept in a clean and serviceable condition. Where a supervisor reasonably directs an officer to correct their standard of dress, the officer should be sent home to correct the problem then return to duty. This should be at the officer’s own expense and in their own time. Where officers are on duty in contact with the public as part of a recognizable group of officers, they are required to adopt a common style of uniform that will be decided by the supervisor. Where they are on duty and are part of a pre- planned operation, the operational order will specify the order of dress to be worn. Where it is necessary for staff to wear protective clothing or protective equipment e.g. reflective jackets, overalls, this will be provided and must be worn as directed, either by explicit directions or by Force policy or guidelines, unless it has been decided that the wearing of particular items is optional.

The Force is mindful of the individual religious and cultural needs of its staff and where there is a recognized need which cannot be met through the national uniform; this will need to be raised with the Uniform Committee for consideration. If religious dress appears to conflict with health and safety requirements, advice should be sought from the Health and Safety Officer. (Officers from the Strategic Deployment Bureau aka Targeted Response Unit are only to wear their uniforms during tactical situation, otherwise they must be in professional business attire.)

  • NON-UNIFORMED OFFICERS AND STAFF (All other divisions including the Bureau of Strategic Deployment in stand down/non-emergency basis)

Police officers and police staff employed in plain clothes should ensure that their
standard of dress and appearance at work are consistent with the general requirements of this code, and promote a favorable impression of Chicago Police. All staff should dress in professional business manner and/or formal clothing depending on the situation. Denim jeans are not generally acceptable but it is recognized those on occasions, duties dictate the wearing of these garments is appropriate. Police officers on duty in plain clothes will wear their hair in a neat and tidy style consistent with the requirements for uniformed police officers. Jewelry may be worn at discretion, but should not be excessive or of a type which may cause damage to the wearer or others. Staff will not wear visible body piercing jewelry (except earrings), except on cultural or religious grounds, when employed on duties in contact with the general public. Police officers may be required to perform operational duties in circumstances where the wearing of smart and formal clothing, short hair styles and complying with the rules concerning the wearing of jewelry will not be appropriate i.e.: observations or surveillance, or duties where it is essential that they are not easily recognized as police officers. In these instances, they will obviously need to dress accordingly i.e in jeans, or other suitable casual clothing and the manner of their dress will be left to the discretion of supervisors who will decide what is appropriate for their current operational requirements.

  • OFF DUTY

All officers of all ranks must carry their weapon on their persons at all times. Within the home they are allowed to sort their weapon as they see fit providing swift access when needed. In public, all officers must respect local establishments and always have their weapons concealed in a discreet holder (i.e; holster, purse, waist pack or other such holder). If and only if asked about weapon, an officer should show their badge (do not wear your badge on your person if you are on not duty, badge should be within a wallet issued by the department upon hire) and inform the establishment that the officer is off duty and has to have a weapon on their person at all times. Do not cause an issue about carrying a weapon if not allowed into the establishment, be polite and exit. Remember that as a representative of the Chicago Police department even off duty one needs to set an example and that all actions will not just reflect that officer but the department as well.

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