Rules of conduct

From the Rules and Regulations of the Chicago Police Department adopted and published by the Police Board.

Hidden rule # Rule Description Cases Hidden cases
1 Rule 1

Violation of any law or ordinance.

295 (54%)
2 Rule 2

Any action or conduct which impedes the Department's efforts to achieve its policy and goals or brings discredit upon the Department. Show special comment

This Rule applies to both the professional and private conduct of all members. It prohibits any and all conduct which is contrary to the letter and spirit of Departmental policy or goals or which would reflect adversely upon the Department or its members. It includes not only all unlawful acts by members but also all acts, which although not unlawful in themselves, would degrade or bring disrespect upon the member or the Department, including public and open association with persons of known bad or criminal reputation in the community unless such association is in the performance of police duties. It also includes any action contrary to the stated policy, goals, rules, regulations, orders or directives of the Department.

443 (81%)
3 Rule 3

Any failure to promote the Department's efforts to implement its policy or accomplish its goals. Show special comment

This Rule prohibits any omission or failure to act by any member of the Department, whether on or off duty, which act would be required by the stated policy, goals, rules, regulations, orders and directives of the Department. It applies to supervisory and other members who, through carelessness, inefficiency or design fail to implement all policy, goals, rules, regulations, orders and directives of the Department or who fail to report to the Department any and all known violations of same, or who through carelessness, inefficiency or design fail to become aware of any such violation, when their assigned duty or supervisory responsibility would require them to become so aware.

34 (6%)
4 Rule 4

Any conduct or action taken to use the official position for personal gain or influence.

32 (6%)
5 Rule 5

Failure to perform any duty.

31 (6%)
6 Rule 6

Disobedience of an order or directive, whether written or oral. Show special comment

This Rule prohibits disobedience by a member of any lawful written or oral order or directive of a superior officer or another member of any rank who is relaying the order of a superior.

269 (49%)
7 Rule 7

Insubordination or disrespect toward a supervisory member on or off duty.

11 (2%)
8 Rule 8

Disrespect to or maltreatment of any person, while on or off duty.

123 (23%)
9 Rule 9

Engaging in any unjustified verbal or physical altercation with any person, while on or off duty. Show special comment

Rules 8 and 9 prohibit the use of any excessive force by any member. These rules prohibit all brutality, and physical or verbal maltreatment of any citizen while on or off duty, including any unjustified altercation of any kind.

98 (18%)
10 Rule 10

Inattention to duty.

44 (8%)
11 Rule 11

Incompetency of inefficiency in the performance of duty. Show special comment

This Rule includes all incompetent and inefficient action on the part of any member and all failure to act when any policy, goal, rule, regulation, order, directive or rank would require positive action.

19 (3%)
12 Rule 12

Failure to wear the uniform as prescribed.

0 (0%)
13 Rule 13

Failure to adequately secure and care for Department property.

6 (1%)
14 Rule 14

Making a false report, written or oral.

171 (31%)
15 Rule 15

Intoxication on or off duty.

34 (6%)
16 Rule 16

Entering any tavern or bar while on duty or in uniform, except in the performance of a police duty.

2 (0%)
17 Rule 17

Drinking alcoholic beverages while on duty or in uniform, or transporting alcoholic beverages on or in Department property, except in the performance of police duty.

1 (0%)
18 Rule 18

A. Engaging directly or indirectly in the ownership, maintenance, or operation of a tavern or retail liquor establishment. B. Engaging directly or indirectly in the ownership or leasing of a taxicab. (Adopted by the Police Board 8 November 1979)

3 (1%)
19 Rule 19

(Repealed 8 May 1975 by the Police Board)

1 (0%)
20 Rule 20

Failure to submit immediately a written report that any member, including self, is under investigation by any law enforcement agency other than the Chicago Police Department.

13 (2%)
21 Rule 21

Failure to report promptly to the Department any information concerning any crime or other unlawful action.

16 (3%)
22 Rule 22

Failure to report to the Department any violation of Rules and Regulations or any other improper conduct which is contrary to the policy, orders or directives of the Department.

12 (2%)
23 Rule 23

Failure to obey Department orders concerning other employment, occupation, or profession.

15 (3%)
24 Rule 24

Failure to follow medical roll procedures.

15 (3%)
25 Rule 25

Failure to actually reside within the corporate boundaries of the City of Chicago.

11 (2%)
26 Rule 26

Failure to provide the Department with a current address and telephone number.

16 (3%)
27 Rule 27

Failure to report promptly any anticipated absence from duty.

5 (1%)
28 Rule 28

Being absent from duty without proper authorization.

7 (1%)
29 Rule 29

Failure to be prompt for duty assignment, including roll call and court appearance.

0 (0%)
30 Rule 30

Leaving duty assignment without being properly relieved or without proper authorization.

6 (1%)
31 Rule 31

Publicly criticizing the official actions of another Department member, when the result of such criticism can reasonably be foreseen to undermine the effectiveness of the official working relationship of the member within his assigned unit. All such criticism should be made and reported to the Department. Show special comment

The nature of the mission of the Police Department requires a close and confidential relationship between members and their superiors and between fellow members. Public criticism of the official actions of other Department members could seriously impair that relationship, which would be detrimental to the Department's ability to achieve its goals and implement its policies. All public criticism of other members is not prohibited; however, when the effect of the public criticism can reasonably be foreseen to have a detrimental effect on the member's effectiveness within his unit, the member must refrain from such conduct for the good of the Department and the public welfare and safety.

0 (0%)
32 Rule 32

Engaging in any public statements, interviews, activity, deliberation or discussion pertaining to the Police Department which reasonably can be foreseen to impair the discipline, efficiency, public service, or public confidence in the Department or its personnel by: (a) false statements, or reckless, unsupported accusations. (b) the use of defamatory language, abusive language, invective or epithets.

1 (0%)
33 Rule 33

Sitting in a public conveyance while in uniform or as a non-paying passenger when paying passengers are standing.

0 (0%)
34 Rule 34

Failure to keep vehicle in public view while assigned to general patrol duty except when authorized by a supervisory member.

0 (0%)
35 Rule 35

Concealing a Department vehicle for the sole purpose of apprehending traffic violators.

0 (0%)
36 Rule 36

Permitting any person not on official police business to ride in a Department vehicle unless specifically authorized.

1 (0%)
37 Rule 37

Failure of a member, whether on or off duty, to correctly identify himself by giving his name, rank and star number when so requested by other members of the Department or by a private citizen.

4 (1%)
38 Rule 38

Unlawful or unnecessary use or display of a weapon.

48 (9%)
39 Rule 39

Failure to immediately make an oral report to the desk sergeant at the District of occurrence and to follow such oral report with a written report on the prescribed form, whenever a firearm is discharged by a member.

4 (1%)
40 Rule 40

Failure to inventory and process recovered property in conformance with Department orders.

6 (1%)
41 Rule 41

Disseminating, releasing, altering, defacing or removing any Department record or information concerning police matters except as provided by Department orders.

11 (2%)
42 Rule 42

Participating in any partisan political campaign or activity.

0 (0%)
43 Rule 43

Discussing bail with a person who is in custody except by those specifically authorized to let to bond.

0 (0%)
44 Rule 44

Giving an opinion as to fine or penalty.

0 (0%)
45 Rule 45

Recommending any professional or commercial service.

0 (0%)
46 Rule 46

Advising any person engaged in a professional or commercial service that such professional or commercial services may be needed.

2 (0%)
47 Rule 47

Associating or fraternizing with any person known to have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor, either State or Federal, excluding traffic and municipal ordinance violations.

5 (1%)
48 Rule 48

Soliciting or accepting any gratuity, or soliciting or accepting a gift, present, reward, or other thing of value for any service rendered as a Department member, or as a condition for the rendering of such service, or as a condition for not performing sworn duties.

2 (0%)
49 Rule 49

Giving to or receiving from any other member any gift, present, or gratuity excluding gifts accepted from relatives or close friends upon appropriate occasions. No supervisory member will receive a present from subordinate members.

0 (0%)
50 Rule 50

Giving any gift, present, or gratuity to another member or a person not in his family without the specific approval of the Police Board, excluding donations not exceeding three dollars given in honor of retirements, or to hospitalized or deceased members, provided a member above the rank of captain has approved of the donations. Party, dinner, and entertainment expenses will be paid for individually by persons attending without prior collection through Department channels.

0 (0%)
51 Rule 51

A. Failure to testify or give evidence before any grand jury, coroner's inquest or court of law or before any governmental, administrative, or investigative agency (city, state or federal) when properly called upon to do so, and when there is no properly asserted constitutional privilege, or when immunity from prosecution has been granted. B. Failure to cooperate when called to give evidence or statements by any investigative branch or superior officer of the Chicago Police Department or the Police Board when the evidence or statements sought relate specifically, directly and narrowly to the performance of his official duties. If the member properly asserts a constitutional privilege, he will be required to cooperate if advised that by law any evidence or statements given by him cannot be used against him in a subsequent criminal prosecution. (Effective 1 January 1975)

2 (0%)
52 Rule 52

Seeking or soliciting contributions of any kind from anyone, by any means, for any purpose, under any circumstances, including collections for charitable purposes by any member or his agent, group of members or their agents, and including any sale or solicitation by any member or his agent, group of members or their agents, of advertising for any police journal, magazine or other publication identified with the Chicago Police Department or any association of its members, except as specifically authorized by resolution of the Police Board. The members shall be subject to disciplinary action for any violation of this provision by his agent. The officers, directors, or trustees of any association identified with members of the Chicago Police Pepartment shall be subject to disciplinary action for any violation of this provision made on behalf of the association by any member thereof or agents. These provisions do not apply to the solicitation of police personnel by police associations for memberships or dues.

0 (0%)
53 Rule 53

Participating in, encouraging the participation of others in, or otherwise supporting any strike, demonstration, slowdown, or other such concerted action against the Department.

0 (0%)
54 Rule 54

A. Joining or retaining membership in, or soliciting other members to join any labor organization whose membership is not exclusively limited to full time law enforcement officers. It is provided that this Rule will not apply to civilian members nor to membership in any labor organization in connection with, and relating solely to, approved secondary employment of sworn officers. B. Joining or retention of membership by supervisory personnel in any labor organization, whose membership is composed of rank and file members of the Department, and whose purpose is to represent its members concerning wages, hours, and working conditions. It is provided that this Rule will not apply to the joining or retention of membership with rank and file members of the Department in organizations whose primary purpose is social, religious, ethnic or racial. Show special comment

A. Labor-management disputes frequently develop into situations requiring the presence and/or action of law enforcement officers to ensure that the rights of both labor and management are not violated by criminal acts. Law enforcement's posture in these disputes must be one of strict and absolute neutrality and impartiality. The policy of absolute neutrality and impartiality is seriously threatened and potentially undermined if the labor organization or union involved in the dispute is in any way associated with the representation of law enforcement officers of the law enforcement profession. Membership in a labor union as defined above creates a potential conflict of interest which conflict is specifically prohibited by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics to which we all adhere and which could lead to acts or failures to act contrary to law. B. Supervisory personnel means any sworn member of the rank of sergeant and above. Due to the growing activities of police labor organizations in regard to wages, hours, and working conditions, the membership of supervisory personnel who are charged with supervising rank and file members in regard to wages, hours, and working conditions would be present a conflict of interest. (Effective 19 January 1976)

0 (0%)
55 Rule 55

Holding cigarette, cigar, or pipe in mouth while in uniform and in official contact with the public.

0 (0%)