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Record #: R2022-828   
Type: Resolution Status: Introduced
Intro date: 7/20/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Health and Human Relations; Public Safety
Final action:
Title: Call for public hearing(s) on mental health challenges facing Chicago police officers
Sponsors: Tabares, Silvana, Lopez, Raymond A., Rodriguez, Michael D., Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Reboyras, Ariel, Taliaferro, Chris, Ervin, Jason C., Sadlowski Garza, Susan, La Spata, Daniel , Nugent, Samantha , Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Tunney, Thomas, King, Sophia D., Sawyer, Roderick T., Beale, Anthony, Lee, Nicole T. , Cardenas, George A., Quinn, Marty, Burke, Edward M., Coleman, Stephanie D. , Moore, David H., Curtis, Derrick G., O'Shea, Matthew J., Scott, Monique L. , Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Cardona, Jr., Felix , Villegas, Gilbert, Sposato, Nicholas, Napolitano, Anthony V., Reilly, Brendan, Gardiner, James M. , Cappleman, James, Martin, Matthew J. , Osterman, Harry, Silverstein, Debra L., Hopkins, Brian , Mitts, Emma
Topic: CITY DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES - Police, - COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Health and Human Relations
Attachments: 1. R2022-828.pdf
Committee on Health and Human Relations RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, there is an epidemic of suicides and mental health crises faced by law enforcement personnel across the United States, and especially within the Chicago Police Department; and
WHEREAS, according to 2021 data, law enforcement personnel are 54% more likely to die by suicide than other segments of the population; and

WHEREAS, according to 2017 Justice Department research, Chicago Police Department Officers were 60% more likely to die by suicide than the general population; and

WHEREAS, the Chicago Police Department has lost three police officers to suicide in just the past 30 days; and

WHEREAS, former wellness advisor to the Chicago Police Department, Alexa James, has been quoted as saying CPD is in drastic need of a "comprehensive strategy" for assisting overworked officers, and that the officers "need a break" to reduce "hugely impactful" stress from "inhumane" canceling of days off, actions which affects decision­making and compounds disorders, depression and anxiety; and

WHEREAS, mental health experts, like James, state clearly that the City of Chicago must reimagine its strategy in regards to detecting, intervening, and saving officers who are on the brink of a mental health crises;

WHEREAS, even the Chicago Police Department admits "We are in the midst of the most difficult and challenging time to be a Police Officers in this country." And further "Officer well-being and overall mental health is our top priority;" and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF CHICAGO, that we the members of the City Council of Chicago call upon the Committee on Health and Human Relations to convene a public hearing to examine the mental health challenges facing Chicago Police Officers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF CHICAGO, that the Police Superintendent David Brown and representatives from the Chicago Police Department's Employee Assistance Program be invited to the Committee to pr...

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