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 …

Event Recap: COPA Partnered with FBI Chicago for the First Citizens Education & Training Exercise on Use of Force

On October 12, 2017 COPA partnered with the FBI (Chicago Division) for the first Citizens Education & Training Exercise on Use of Force. The event, held at FBI Headquarters, was attended by community leaders, faith based leaders, educators, law enforcement officials and concerned civilians of the city of Chicago. This training provided an overview 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 …