The exclusionary zone for the NATO summit will include a 13 x 13 city block area downtown and the South side. The perimeter for this zone will be Roosevelt Road to the north, 31st Street to the south, Lake Shore Drive to the east, and the Dan Ryan to the west.
Within the exclusionary zone, there will be stepped up patrols, parking restrictions, and rolling road closures. Cermak Road will also have a vehicle ban between Indiana Avenue and Michigan Avenue. Pedestrians will still have access to the hard perimeter around McCormick Place.
Police officials are in the process of discussing how many officers will be needed, whether or not reinforcements will be needed, and if reinforcements are needed where they will come from.
Illinois has in place the Illinois law enforcement alarm system, which is also known as ILEAS. ILEAS was formed after the 9/11 attacks and consists of hundreds of law enforcement officials from about 900 local governments. The officers train to handle terrorist attacks and civil emergencies. ILEAS is split into regions across the state. Region 4 is composed of Cook, DuPage, and Lake counties.
A Region 4 official has said that they will not be assisting with the G8/NATO Summits. The departments close to the city are concerned about threats to their own suburbs. Additionally, Chicago does not provide any indemnification to protect officers or their departments and the city does not share federal urban security funds with the suburbs.
On February 15th, a panel sponsored by CoreNet Global spoke to downtown property managers and other professionals. The panel included Gary McCarthy, Chicago Police Superintendent, Frank Benedetto, US Secret Service Special Agent-in-Charge, and Gary Schenkel, Executive Director- of OMEC.
The main concentration of this panel is that there are things that downtown businesses and properties should be concerned about but there should not be fear. There should be emergency plans in place such as evacuation plans in case they are needed.
The panel answered questions which answers included:
Employees will be able to get to work near secure areas
Air travel will be normal
Public transit will most likely not be interrupted
Officials are not planning on using tear gas to disperse crowds
The area that will be most affected will be inside the security perimeter that has still not been determined
For the full article from the Chicago Tribune, please click here. Below is the news report from ABC7 Chicago.
On Friday, February 3, 2012, several police departments in the United States including New York, Salt Lake City, Boston, and Syracuse along with Greece’s law enforcement websites were hacked by a protest group named Anonymous. Police department websites in the Chicagoland area were not affected by this hacking. However, this same protest group is calling for protesters to come to Chicago for the entire month of May.
Due to the secrecy of who is behind the Anonymous protest group, police are having difficulty tracking who is behind the cyber attacks and protest organization. Police do know that the individuals in charge of Anonymous have extensive experience with large protest demonstrations, such as anti-war demonstration in Chicago on Lake Shore Drive, and have not been peaceful at previous summits.
For the full article from ABC7, please click here.