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COPA Partners with Michele Clark Magnet High School

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) partnered with Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School March 14-16, 2018 on Chicago’s west side. Nearly 80 freshman and seniors from Civics and World Studies classes participated alongside their teachers to learn about COPA as an agency, its role in police accountability and meet staff. Sessions focused …

COPA Looking Ahead to 2018

Before COPA closes out the year, I would like to take this time to reflect upon 2017 and review what’s next in 2018. As a recently retired judge with over 45 years of legal experience, I dedicated my work to improve access to justice for the residents of Cook County. This included establishing a division within …

COPA Adds More Transparency with Police Complaint Data

by Tom Schenk Jr. (Guest Blogger) Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago The newly-formed Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) published detailed complaint data on the City of Chicago Data Portal. The new datasets include the nature of the complaint, the time of the complaint, status and any findings as a result of …

On this day in history….

On October 5, 2016, the City Council passed an ordinance that created Chicago’s newest agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) after months of public outcry over what was largely seen as an ineffective police accountability infrastructure.  From that day forward, the leadership of COPA set out to create a best-in-class civilian oversight agency …