Public Safety Reforms

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In recent months, Mayor Emanuel has taken a series of concrete steps to implement major police reforms and restore accountability in the police department. The actions are not the end of the challenge, but the beginning of the solution. Change will require a real and sustained commitment and continual progress. Check back regularly for updates on the city’s progress.

  • March 22, 2017
Community Policing Advisory Panel Calls on Residents for Input
  • March 15, 2017
Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Johnson Celebrate Graduation of 351 Officers, Detectives and Sergeants
  • March 14, 2017
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced the next steps in Departmental reform that emphasizes a commitment to better community policing, officer training, manpower, supervision, and public accountability.
  • February 27, 2017
Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Johnson and Chairman Reboyras Welcome New Class of Detectives
  • February 26, 2017
Mayor Emanuel Announces Milestone in City's Mental Health Emergency Response
  • February 21, 2017
Mayor Emanuel, Police Department Announce Expansion of Predictive Crime Fighting Strategy
  • February 5, 2017
Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Police Department Announce  Successful Police Recruitment Campaign with 16,544 Qualified Applicants Seeking to Become a Police Officer 
  • February 2, 2017
Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Johnson Celebrate  Police Graduation and Promotional Ceremony
  • January 27, 2017
Mayor Emanuel, Police Department Announce Launch of New Technology to Support Strategic Deployments, Reduce Violence
  • January 13, 2017
City Signs Agreement in Principle with Department of Justice
  • January 12, 2017
Citywide Mental Health Steering Committee Announces Free Mental Health Awareness Training
  • January 4, 2017
Mayor Emanuel and CPD Superintendent Johnson Welcome New Police Detectives, Field Training Officers and Lieutenants
  • December 16, 2016
Mayor Emanuel, OEMC Announce Significant Gains in First-Response Service for Mental Health Related Incidents
  • November 22, 2016
Mayor Emanuel Announces Police Department Recruitment Underway
  • November 21, 2016
Progress Report: City of Chicago's Police Reforms
  • November 18, 2016
Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Police Department Announce Vendor to Support Police Recruitment Efforts
  • October 27, 2016
Superintendent Johnson Announces New Advisory Panel Focused on Community Policing
  • October 26, 2016
CPD to Expand Training Capacity Through Partnership with City Colleges and DeVry University
  • September 22, 2016
Public Safety Remarks as Prepared
  • September 22, 2016
Mayor Emanuel Outlines Comprehensive Public Safety Strategy
  • September 19, 2016
CPD Launches New Scenario-Based Training Focused on Force Mitigation and Mental Health Awareness
  • September 18, 2016
CPD News Release – Johnson Announces Body Camera Expansion throughout CPD
  • September 14, 2016
Public Building Commission Approves Expansion Gun Shot Detection Technology and POD Cameras to Fight Crime in Englewood and Harrison Districts
  • September 14, 2016
Mayor Emanuel, Senator Durbin Announce $1 Million Federal Grant to Address Trauma in Chicago's Neighborhoods and Improve Crisis Intervention Training for First Responders
  • August 30, 2016
Mayor Emanuel Statement on Police Accountability Ordinance
  • July 22, 2016
City Officials and Community Groups Move Forward on Next Steps for Police Accountability Reform
  • June 3, 2016
Independent Police Review Authority Implements New Transparency Policy
  • May 13, 2016
Mayor Emanuel: Our next steps on road to police reform
  • April 21, 2016
City Builds on Road to Reform, Immediately Implements Nearly a Third of the Police Accountability Task Force Recommendations
  • April 13, 2016
City Council Confirms Eddie Johnson to Serve as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department
  • April 10, 2016
Mayor Emanuel, Interim Superintendent Johnson Announces More Than 450 Body Cameras Being Shipped to Chicago
  • March 28, 2016
Mayor Emanuel Appoints Eddie Johnson as Interim Police Superintendent
  • February 22, 2016
Chicago Police Department’s Recruitment Campaign Results in 71% in Minority Applicants
  • February 16, 2016
Statement from Mayor Emanuel on the City’s Policy Regarding the Release of Evidence Related to Police-Involved Incidents 
  • January 29, 2016
Mayor Emanuel Announces Comprehensive Reforms to Improve Crisis Intervention Situations
  • January 24, 2016
Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey to Serve as Senior Advisor to the Chicago Police Department
  • December 30, 2015
Mayor Emanuel, Superintendent Escalante Announce Overhaul of Policy Guiding Police Response, and Use of Force
  • December 23, 2015
Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Escalante Announce Districts for Body-Worn Camera Expansion
  • December 13, 2015
Interim Superintendent Escalante Announces New Leadership Assignments & Organizational Realignment to Further Target Gang Violence in Chicago
  • December 09 2015
Mayor Emanuel Addresses Police Accountability
  • December 06, 2015
Mayor Emanuel Announces Sharon Fairley to be New Chief Administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority
  • December 03, 2015
Mayor Emanuel Statement on Police Accountability Reviews
  • December 01, 2015
Mayor Emanuel Announces Task Force on Police Accountability
  • November 29, 2015
Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent McCarthy Announce Expansion Of Body-Worn Camera Program

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