FOIA Seeking CPD Staffing Analysis

On September 26, 2016 the Chicago Justice Project send the following request under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act to the Chicago Police Department. Our request seeks to propel the Chicago Police Department to produce a copy of the “top to bottom analysis” they claim to have completed and that was the basis for Mayor Emanuel’s decision to hire a 1,000 additional officers. In a city hall briefing just prior to Mayor Emanuel’s now famous speech on his plan to address a spike in violence in Chicago on September 22nd police brass referenced this analysis several times as the motivation behind the Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s motivation behind his request for the Mayor to hire a thousand additional officers. You can review the request below. The request is still pending after subsequent extensions requested by the Chicago Police Department. The request must now be filled by Oct 21. We will post the results of our request here once the request is fulfilled.


To Whom it May Concern:

Please provide the following records in accordance with Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act:

A.  The top to bottom comprehensive analysis that top Chicago Police Department officials repeatedly referenced in a September 21, 2016 briefing with alderman at City Hall saying that this comprehensive analysis was the basis for why Superintendent Johnson had requesting the hiring of a 1,000 additional officers for the Chicago Police Department.

B. Any analysis, reports, memos, or documents that the Chicago Police maintains on the subject of Chicago Police Department staffing or allocation of Chicago Police Department resources from Jan 1, 2011 – September 26, 2016.

I expect the Chicago Police Department to fulfill the request in the five working days allocated by the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Please contact me at contact information below with any questions. Please email any responses to this request.


Tracy Siska

Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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