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Chicago Police Adopt De-Escalation in Sweeping Change to Use-Of-Force Policy

May 18, 2017  | 

Photo: Chicago PD/Facebook
Photo: Chicago PD/Facebook

The Chicago Police Department announced Wednesday a sweeping change to its use-of-force policy, embracing the concept of de-escalation during critical incidents, reports the Washington Post.

Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson announced the new policies at a news conference Wednesday, saying it was devised after numerous community meetings, two first-ever public comment periods, and officer and police supervisor focus groups. He said that every one of the Chicago department's more than 12,000 officers would be required to undergo "rigorous" training, beginning with a computer orientation, then a four-hour in-person session by this fall, and then an eight-hour scenario-based course next year. The policy will become effective in the fall after every officer has finished the four-hour training session, Johnson said.

The new rules closely adhere to the controversial "30 Guiding Principles" unveiled by the Washington-based Police Executive Research Forum in January 2016 and supported by nearly every big-city police chief but strongly opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police officers union and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, made up largely of the heads of smaller departments.


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Army @ 5/18/2017 5:03 PM

Damn stupid chicago. Deescalation has always been there. But sometimes its not feasible. Like if someones trying to run you down. How the hell am I going to deescalate that situation? Drop my gun and put my hands up to show the fool I'm not going to shoot him? Of course not. These damn lawmakers need to be put in some of these situations. See how many of their own policys they break.

kevcopaz @ 5/18/2017 5:04 PM

More cover their ass training that will COST m,millions for a department the size of CPD. Once again ANY capable officer after a few years on the job should know how to best "de-escalalate" a given situation or they have not learned much on the street. Waste of tax payer $$$ once again. Knowing how Chi-town works, some politicians "brother or relative" has a piece of this training and will make bank on it for sure $$$$

Dr.Jeffrey P. Rush @ 5/18/2017 6:50 PM

Chicago PD officers will die under this policy. Anything that follows the "30 Guiding Principles' is problematic for police officers.

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