An allegation that a Chicago Police Officer committed misconduct is a serious event for the person alleging misconduct and the officer. Both deserve a thorough, fair and timely investigation of the allegation.
The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) intakes all allegations of misconduct, whether generated externally by the public, or internally by Police Department personnel. When an allegation involves excessive force, domestic violence, coercion though violence, or verbal bias-based abuse, IPRA conducts the investigation into the allegation and recommends the result. All other allegations are referred to the Internal Affairs Division for appropriate resolution.
In addition to investigating allegations of misconduct, IPRA investigates or reviews all officer involved shootings, extraordinary occurrences in lock-up, and uses of Tasers. The IPRA also may make recommendations of changes to training and policy.
Finally, IPRA provides transparency to the disciplinary process by making public reports on that process.
It is IPRA’s mission to build trust in IPRA, the Police disciplinary process, and ultimately the Chicago Police Department as a whole through thorough, fair, and timely investigations and increased transparency.