A panel Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson commissioned nearly a year ago to overhaul the police department’s approach to “community policing” released a preliminary draft of their suggested reforms Thursday. Very similar to that of a police reform roadmap Supt. Johnson issued in March, the draft, which calls for significant changes in training and day-to-day policing, won’t be finalized for at least another four months.
This puts CPD in the considerable position of designing a plan and corresponding curriculum at the same time it undergoes a major hiring bump, and while the city renegotiates a ten-year old, recently expired contract with all rank and file police officers.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, the union that represents Chicago police officers, was not part of the drafting, and its newly elected president Kevin Graham would not comment on its proposals, since, according to his secretary, Thursday late afternoon was the first time he’d seen it.