OIG Releases Follow-Up on the Chicago Police Department’s Compliance with the FOID Card Act’s Clear and Present Danger Requirements

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Public Safety section has completed a follow-up to its April 2018 evaluation of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) compliance with reporting requirements under the Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card Act (the Act). Based on the Department’s responses, OIG concludes that CPD has fully implemented corrective actions.

The original evaluation assessed situations in which CPD had direct law enforcement encounters with legally gun-possessing individuals who likely posed a clear and present danger, but without reporting them, as required, to the Illinois State Police via “Person Determined to Pose a Clear and Present Danger” forms. OIG determined, and CPD did not dispute, that CPD was not operating in compliance with the Act, as the Department only submitted two reported incidents during the 40-month review window. In the 10 months since the publication of OIG’s evaluation, CPD submitted 47 forms.

OIG previously recommended that CPD institute an agency directive requiring all employees to submit forms within 24 hours of making a determination of clear and present danger, create relevant curricula, and provide adequate training. In response, CPD officially issued Special Order S06-05-04 “Person Determined to Pose a Clear and Present Danger,” ensured that the form is accessible electronically to all officers on all shifts through the Department Directives System, created relevant curricula, and provided adequate training on the FOID Card Act for current CPD employees and new recruits.

“In this era of gun violence, compliance with the Act is an important mechanism for CPD to keep firearms away from those in the City who should not be legally entitled to their possession and to optimize violent crime prevention strategies,” said Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Joseph Lipari.

The full report can be found online at OIG’s website.

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