Investigating crime can start from two places: police officers or from a victim of a crime. After an arrest, police officers and detectives have an important discretion; they can choose whether to file a misdemeanor or felony case with the Cook County Court.
An incident report is any contact that a police officer has with a resident. Not every incident turns into an arrest.
The data inventory is a list of the information that's collected by the Chicago Police Department for anyone who's arrested. The inventory is divided into three categories; data that's available through the Freedom of Information request, data readily available and data that is collected but not available.
This is a list of the information that's collected by the Chicago Police Department for anyone who's arrested. The inventory is divided into three categories:
Some but not all Crime Incident data is available through the City of Chicago Data Portal.
To access greater or more specific data from the Chicago Police Department, you need to file a request for data under Illinois' Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). You will need to send an email including: (1) your name and contact information, along with (2) a description of the records you are requesting. Please try to be reasonably specific for the data you are looking for so that they can more easily process your request.
The City of Chicago's data portal provides excellent access to crime incident data that is either usable online or can be downloaded for later use. While the portal leads other cities in usability the Chicago Police Department only makes available crime incident data.
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