The Public Safety section of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has conducted an inquiry into the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) scheduling practices, including the cancellation of sworn CPD members’ regular days off and the number of consecutive days on which CPD members are scheduled to work. OIG has analyzed CPD data surrounding members’ schedules and actual days worked from April 1, 2022, to May 31, 2022.
CPD members’ work schedules and the management of their days off have been the topic of recent public concern and conversation. Further, there have been two recent legislative proposals introduced in City Council to address CPD member scheduling and its impacts. OIG is issuing this report in order to better equip stakeholders––to the extent feasible given the quality of CPD’s data––with clear and accurate information during the ongoing public conversation and policy debate regarding changes to CPD’s scheduling practices. OIG also seeks to provide a framework from which CPD may conduct its own analysis of scheduling practices going forward.
Specifically, in this analysis, OIG sought to determine answers to the following questions:
- Based on day off group and watch, were any CPD members scheduled to work for 11 or more consecutive days between April 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022?
- Do CPD’s records suggest that any individual member actually worked 11 or more consecutive days between April 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022?
- Do CPD’s records suggest that any members scheduled to work 11 or more consecutive days between April 1, 2022, and May 31, 2022, did not actually do so?
OIG notes that the state of CPD’s records around scheduling data and work histories renders a thorough and timely analysis of consecutive days worked cumbersome and difficult, and that members sometimes, but not always, work each of the days on which their day off group and watches are scheduled to work.
Based on OIG’s review of CPD’s data, many CPD members were scheduled to work 11 or more consecutive days between April and May 2022. Although some members did not actually work as many consecutive days as they were scheduled to work, some members did actually work 11 or more consecutive days during that timeframe.