Mayor Lightfoot has spent a large portion of her career doing the hard but necessary work of forging a partnership between police officers and the community that is based on mutual respect, accountability, and recognition.
Since taking office, her administration has:
- Fulfilled a key campaign promise by establishing the first independent civilian oversight body for the Chicago Police Department, a seven-member civilian commission that works with the Mayor, CPD, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), and the Police Board to ensure policy accountability and public safety.
- Negotiated an historic FOP contract that includes accountability and transparency reforms in police supervisors’ contracts, like requiring the investigation of anonymous complaints, preventing the destruction of disciplinary records, and protecting complainants against retaliation.
- Developed and implemented sweeping new annual officer training requirements, including scenario-based use of force training.
- Partnered with community-based organizations to deliver civilian-taught implicit bias training to all officers.
- Overhauled and reformed police vehicle pursuit, foot pursuit, and warrant policies.
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