Chicago Police Contract 2019

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is currently renegotiating their contract with the city, which expired on June 30, 2019. The new contract will affect the working conditions, pay, and benefits for the approximately 13,000 officers in the department.

One of the main issues being discussed in the negotiations is the use of body cameras by officers. The current contract only requires officers on certain units, such as SWAT and traffic, to wear body cameras. However, community activists and some city officials are pushing for all officers to wear them, citing increased transparency and accountability.

Another issue being debated is the use of force by officers. The new contract is expected to include more specific language about when force is necessary and how much is appropriate in different situations. This is in response to criticism that the CPD has used excessive force in the past, particularly against people of color.

The new contract may also address the issue of officer discipline. Currently, the contract includes a provision known as the “police bill of rights,” which provides officers with certain legal protections during investigations into alleged misconduct. Critics argue that this provision makes it difficult to hold officers accountable for their actions. The renegotiated contract may include changes to this provision.

Pay and benefits are also being discussed in the negotiations. The Fraternal Order of Police, the union representing CPD officers, is seeking a pay increase and improved healthcare benefits. The city has expressed concerns about the cost of these demands, particularly given the city’s budget deficit.

Negotiations between the city and the union are ongoing, and a new contract is expected to be reached in the coming months. The outcome of these negotiations could have a significant impact on the CPD and the city’s relationship with its police force, as well as on the safety and well-being of Chicago residents.