Opinions of Officers of the Chicago (Illinois) Police Department on the Upcoming Consent Decree

Project Purpose/Goal (closed in 2018)

In August 2017, the Illinois Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago, based on a year-long civil rights investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), into the practices of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The Mayor of Chicago and the Superintendent of CPD committed to working with the Attorney General to negotiate a consent decree. As part of the development of the consent decree, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office solicited the National Police Foundation to facilitate a series of focus groups of sworn CPD officers to gather their opinions of the upcoming consent decree. Read the report Opinions of Officers of the Chicago Police Department’s Upcoming Consent Decree: A Report to the State of Illinois Attorney General.

Study Method

The National Police Foundation used its experience in law enforcement operations, research, and access to law enforcement leaders to gather officer feedback and develop a comprehensive report on findings. The National Police Foundation facilitated a total of 13 focus groups that included 11 focus groups of randomly selected CPD officers and two with members of law enforcement affinity groups. In addition, the National Police Foundation created an online comment box to allow all sworn CPD officers to provide input. Focus group and online feedback was confidentially synthesized and coded into thematic areas that were documented in a comprehensive report.

Funding & Collaboration

The National Police Foundation’s Opinions of Officers of the Chicago (Illinois) Police Department on the Upcoming Consent Decree project was funded by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Points of Contact

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Programs
(202) 833-1460

Blake Norton
Senior Vice President
(202) 833-1460


Chicago police; consent decree; focus group