Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S01-04
Watch Changes – Roll Call Training
Issue Date:09 August 2002Effective Date:10 August 2002
Index Category:Department Organization
This directive:
  • A.continues Department policy regarding watch changes, roll calls, and roll call training to be further defined and implemented by command staff personnel in accordance with the particular nature and function of their units.
  • B.assigns responsibility for the creation and maintenance of roll-call training records.
II.Watch Changes
  • A.Commanding officers of units operating on two or more watches will establish an orderly system of relief that will permit services to the public and other Department units to be uninterrupted during watch changes.
  • B.Members who have patrol functions or investigative responsibility will not return to their facility prior to scheduled dismissal or relief times except when conducting official Department business.
III.Roll Calls
  • A.Unit commanding officers will require that all units of their command conduct roll calls of approximately thirty minutes duration at the start of their tour of duty.
  • B.Watch commanders/coordinators are personally responsible for the roll call process.
  • C.Roll calls will normally include:
    • 1.taking of attendance.
    • 2.inspections of uniforms and/or civilian dress and equipment. Weapon inspection will be conducted every Wednesday according to the approved procedures established by the Assistant Deputy Superintendent of the Education and Training Division.
    • 3.designation of assignments.
    • 4.mission directed assignments (i.e. crime-related, Strategic Operation Plan-related, Beat Plan-related, and other CAPS-related assignments).
    • 5.dissemination of information.
    • 6.presentation of arrestees with a recounting of their criminal record and specialty. The presentation of arrestee(s) will be conducted in an orderly and professional manner.
    • sessions.
    • 8.streaming videos.
  • D.Deputy Superintendents or Division Chiefs may suspend formal roll calls for units whose function and/or size makes such use impractical or unjustifiable. Commanding officers of units not required to conduct a daily formal roll call will establish procedures, approved by their Deputy Superintendent or Division Chief, which accomplish the purposes of formal roll calls (e.g., periodic inspections and regular training).
  • E.Guests (Department members from other units and/or non-Department members) may address roll calls with the approval of unit commanding officers or other Department command members. These presentations will be related to police procedures/issues.
IV.Roll Call Training
  • A.A formal roll call training schedule will be issued by the Education and Training Division on its intranet site. The Assistant Deputy Superintendent of the Education and Training Division will designate roll call training that is mandatory for all sworn members.
    Units that have suspended formal roll call procedures are still required to view all mandatory training and follow the procedures outlined in Items III-D and V of this directive.
  • B.Watch commanders/coordinators are personally accountable for ensuring that:
    • 1.roll call training is delivered in accordance with the issued training schedule.
    • sessions are conducted by training team members or other appropriate members.
    • 3.when practical, all sworn members who miss any mandatory roll call training sessions receive the training within 15 working days of returning to work.
  • C.In addition to mandatory training topics, watch commanders/coordinators may initiate training on topics that may be appropriate for his or her watch.
  • D.The Assistant Deputy Superintendent of the Education and Training Division will be responsible for establishing and disseminating procedures for the proper inspection of firearms during roll calls.
V.Roll Call Training Records
  • A.Unit commanding officers are responsible for implementing a unit-level protocol to ensure that the individual computerized training record of each member participating in roll call training is appropriately updated to document the training session. The record will be updated within seven days of the completion of training.
  • B.Units not currently using the District Automation Program will send a request through the chain of command to the Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Patrol to have personnel trained in the use of the program.
Terry G. Hillard
Superintendent of Police
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