The Department is led by the Superintendent of Police, who is appointed by the Mayor. In addition to overall Department management, the Office of the Superintendent is responsible for critical functions such as planning and implementing the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), improving the Department’s response to domestic violence, facilitating and coordinating law enforcement services to the senior citizen community, planning police coverage at public gatherings, addressing legal and legislative matters, administering labor agreements, and providing a liaison to the news media.
Under the direction of the Superintendent, the Department is organized into Operations and Administration, each commanded by an Assistant Superintendent. Operations includes the Bureau of Patrol and the Bureau of Investigative Services, while Administration includes the Bureau of Professional Standards and the Bureau of Administrative Services.
Garry F. McCarthy, pictured here, is the Superintendent of Police.