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Evaluation of the Chicago Police Department’s Random Reviews of Body-Worn Camera Recordings

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Report Description: 
The Public Safety Section of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a compliance evaluation of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD or the Department) review of randomly selected body-worn camera (BWC) recordings. Under Special Order S03-14 (the Special Order), the directive outlining BWC policy and procedures, CPD requires watch operations lieutenants (WOLs), across all watches, to review one recording daily. The purpose of these required reviews is for CPD supervisors to assess, among other areas, whether certain Department members are properly using BWCs and conducting themselves in accordance with CPD policy. OIG’s evaluation determined that CPD did not comply with this requirement. Specifically, OIG found that: 1. CPD failed to complete all required random WOL reviews from November 2017 through March 2018 in seven districts reviewed by OIG; 2. CPD failed to implement a standardized process for randomly selecting BWC recordings for review; 3. CPD failed to effectively monitor compliance with its random WOL review requirement, using definitions of compliance that are inconsistent and that do not allow CPD to determine whether WOLs are conducting randomized reviews in accordance with the Special Order; and 4. CPD’s BWC Program Evaluation Committee (the Committee), which is tasked with ensuring BWC policy compliance with evaluating BWC program effectiveness, did not hold quarterly meetings in the third or fourth quarters of 2017, as required by the Special Order.
Date Issued: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Agency Reviewed / Investigated: 
Chicago, IL
United States
Type of Report: 
Inspection / Evaluation
Professional Standard: 
AIG's Green Book, Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspectors General

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