FOIA: CPD IUCR & Training Plan

In this Freedom of Information Act request is seeking to obtain the Illinois Uniform Crime Report codes, (IUCR) and obtain a copy of a report that detailed a plan for providing each officer 40 hours of in-service training each year.

CJP has been forced in to filing this request which we fully plan on following up with litigation because for some reason the Chicago Police Department refuses to provide a list of the CPD specific IUCR codes they use to categorize crime incidents. The Illinois State Police maintains a statewide set of IUCR codes for police departments across the state to use; however, they allow local police agencies to use a more granular set of codes for internal purposes as long as the categories can be collapsed in to the statewide set of codes set by the ISP.

In regards to the CPD this more refined set of IUCR codes allows the department to determine they type of gun used in a aggravated battery with a firearm or a murder. We have been trying for a long time to get these codes from the CPD through FOIA without success. We were recently encouraged by a source close to the department to seek the IUCR codes from the look up table as it contains all the details needs for someone to understand the refined set of codes used by the CPD and how they all connect to state criminal statutes.

We requested the training report because we know that the CPD generated an internal report that detailed a plan for how to provide each officer 40 hour in-service training each year. If you remember Superintendent Brown demoted the head of training for the CPD because of the failure to move fast enough implementing the expansion of in-service of training. At this point we were contacted by a source within the department about the existence of this training plan.

We fully expect both of these requests to be ignored or just denied outright. Thus we are already planning on litigating for access.

FOIA Content

To: Chicago Police Department

Re:  IUCR Look Up Table & Training Plan

In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140, I request that your office provide the following public records: 

FOIA A

Please provide in digitial format the IUCR look up table in the case reporting system

FOIA B

Please provide in digital format the training plan for 40 hrs in service training for every officer.

FOIA C

  1. Records sufficient to show Your efforts to locate and produce the records requested in FOIAs A & B above. This should include:
    1. Where you searched for responsive Records and Documents.
    2. Who searched for responsive Records and Documents.
    3. Who was requested to produce responsive Records and Documents.
    4. The identify of any Records and Documents that were located but not produced for any reason.

DEFINITIONS

“Document” and/or “Documents” means any documents or electronically stored information of any kind—including writings, drawings, graphs, charts, photographs, sound recordings, images, and other data or data compilations—stored in any medium from which information can be obtained either directly or, if necessary, after translation by the responding party into a reasonably usable form.

“You” or “Your” means the {Public Body}, and all attorneys, employees, officers, directors, bureaus, offices, divisions or subdivisions of same.

INSTRUCTIONS

If the agency withholds any document or information pertinent to the requests made herein, please identify the document or information in as much detail as is possible, and detail in specific language why each document or piece of information is being withheld.


If any information requested herein is withheld on the basis of a claim of privilege or other protection as material prepared in anticipation of litigation or trial, then that claim shall be made expressly in a writing that describes the nature of the Documents, Communications, or Things not produced or disclosed in a manner that will enable us to assess the applicability of the privilege or protection. With regard to each claim of privilege or protection, the following information should be provided in the response or the objection:

(a) the type of Document, e.g., letter or memorandum;

(b) general subject matter of the Document;

(c) the date of the Document;

(d) such other information as is sufficient to identify the Document for a subpoena duces tecum, including, where  appropriate, the author, addressee, and any other recipient of the Document, and, where not apparent, the  relationship of the author, addressee, and any other recipient to each other; and

(e) the nature of the privilege or protection;

(f) if applicable, the litigation or trial of which he document was created in anticipation.

If any Document identified herein has been lost, discarded, or destroyed, each such Document should be identified as completely as possible, including as to each such Document, its date, general nature (e.g., letter, memorandum, telegram, telex, photograph, computer printout), subject matter, each author or originator, each person indicated as an addressee or copy recipient, and its former custodian(s). In addition, as to each such Document, the following information shall be supplied:


(a) date of disposal, loss, or destruction;

(b) manner of disposal, loss, or destruction;

(c) reason for disposal or destruction, or any explanation of loss;

(d) persons authorizing the disposal or destruction;

(e) persons having knowledge of the disposal, destruction, or loss; and

(f) persons who destroyed, lost, or disposed or the Document or Thing. I look forward to hearing from you in writing within five working days, as required by the Act 5 ILCS 140(3). 

Please direct all questions or responses to this FOIA request to this email address by responding to this email. I can be reached at tsiska@chicagojustice.org

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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