Below is a summary of what was discussed at today’s BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee Meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Health Care Service Corporation at 300 East Randolph. This monthly meeting included a wide range of attendees, including members of the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department – Crime Prevention Information Center, Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies.
Chicago Police Department
- Significant restructuring within the
Chicago Police Department, including a new department (Counterterrorism and
Special Functions) and moving from three geographic area commands to five.
- This also includes new commanders in the 1st and 18th Districts as well.
Department of Homeland Security
- Megan Drohan is returning to D.C. soon
- A threat at a Batavia school involving homemade explosives was halted thanks to a tip
Chicago Police Department 1st District Update
- New Commander is Alderen; Area Central will now be known as Area 3
- Recent CTA gun violence has an arrest pending
- NBA All-Star events were widespread, but there were no significant issues reported
Chicago Police Department 12th District Update
- Commander Chung remaining in the 12th District
- Area 3 will handle the majority of special events in the city going forward
Chicago Police Department 18th District Update
- New Commander is Stevens
- There was lots of NBA activity over the weekend
- Emergency planning and FIMS database participation are vital
Chicago Fire Department Update
- Public-private partnerships have significantly evolved in recent years
- Properties need current first responder guides/plans
- Multiple elevator entrapments in Loop recently
Office of Emergency Management & Communications
- NBA All-Star events had an emergency operations center (EOC) activated
- Advance outreach and canvassing took place near NBA locations
- New house of worship safety initiative underway
- April 14 – BOMA overview of legalized cannabis.
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something”. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).