Chicago at a glance

Population by race and Hispanic origin

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Full-time law enforcement staff, Chicago Police Department

  • 12,727 Officers
  • 835 Civilian staff

Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents

  • 4.73 Chicago
  • 2.3 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
  • 2.2 National average

These figures reflect the Chicago Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding

Data was last updated September 8, 2022

We identified over $200.9M in federal grant funding, FY 2012-2022

Grant funding over time

Grant funding by federal department

Recent grants

USA spending grants for: Chicago
Amount Start and end dates Recipient and description Awarding agency CFDA program Type
$6,250,000.00 10/1/2021
CITY OF CHICAGO FY21 COPS HIRING PROGRAM (CHP) Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
$124,850.00 9/1/2021
CITY OF CHICAGO CHICAGO, IL LEMHWA PROJECT Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
$121,500.00 9/1/2021
CITY OF CHICAGO CHICAGO, IL POLICE BUILDING COMMUNITY TRUST AND LEGITIMACY Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
$3,499,932.00 10/1/2020
CITY OF CHICAGO CITY OF CHICAGO'S FY20 BJA OPERATION LEGEND PROJECT Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Prime

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Military equipment transfers

Data last updated September 6, 2022

$2M value of military equipment has been transferred to the Chicago Police Department

The highest-value stock number reported is HELICOPTER,UTILITY with 1 item valued at $916,406.00 each

Recent equipment transfers

Military equipment transfers
Ship date Item and National Stock Number (NSN) Quantity Acquisition value, each Acquisition value, total DEMIL code DEMIL IC
1 1 @ $1,831.57 $1,831.57 Q 3
10 10 @ $30.07 $300.70 Q 3
2 2 @ $458.61 $917.22 Q 3
6/23/2015 SLEEVE ASSY
1 1 @ $7,272.94 $7,272.94 Q 3

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Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data was last updated April 7, 2022

Police Misconduct Data

The Citizens Police Data Project is an interactive online database, created by the Invisible Institute, that empowers anyone to explore and analyze data about police misconduct in Chicago.

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Consent decree

Chicago has a consent decree with the Department of Justice that went into effect on Jan 31, 2019.

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We identified 9 publicly reported settlements that resulted in policy changes and $314,585,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Year Description Outcome

In December 2021, the Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee unanimously voted to pay $2.9 million dollars to Anjanette Young, a Black woman whose home was wrongfully raided in February 2019.

In February 2019, 13 Chicago police officers, who were acting on a bad tip that a man with an illegal firearm lived in Young’s home, raided her house, and handcuffed her while she was getting ready for bed, forcing her to stand naked while they searched her home. Following the incident, Young filed a lawsuit against the city and the officers for failing to independently verify the place to be searched and for wrongfully entering her home. Young’s attorney agreed to settle the case for $2.9 million and, amid the uproar of the case, new raid policies were implemented requiring a department member who is at the rank of lieutenant or higher to be present, as well as a female department member when warrants are being served.

Policy changes
2018 - 2021

The Chicago City Council agreed to pay $3 million in settlements for various lawsuits alleging misconduct by which accused Chicago Police officers of misconduct.

One case involved a high-speed police chase that led to a women’s death in 2018. Another resulted in a $175,000 payment to Lavelle Taylor, who accused Chicago Police Detective James O’Brien of framing him for a 1996 murder that was actually committed by Taylor’s brother.


Chicago Aldermen settled a lawsuit brought by a Chicago man, Antwon Golatte, who was shot by police officers Jamie Gaeta and Harry Matheos during a traffic stop in February 2015. Officials later determined that the stop was unjustified.

Golatte will be compensated by the city by paying him $525,000 and forgiving approximately $45,000 in debt he owes to the city.

In February 2018, the Chicago Police Board took a vote to suspend Gaeta and Matheos without pay for a year each. The then-Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the Independent Police Review Authority recommended that both officers be fired. The two officers were reinstated in July 2018 and were re-trained. Both officers remain on the force.


In January 2021, the City of Chicago paid two Chicago men a settlement totaling $115,000 for being subjected to excessive force by Chicago law enforcement officers during the George Floyd protests.

One of the men, Ian Andrew Bowman, who received $75,000, said in his lawsuit that officers beat, kicked, choked, clubbed, and stomped on him without legal justification. The second man, Jonathan Ballew, a freelance journalist whose claim was settled for $40,000, alleged that he was “assaulted with a chemical agent.”


Dnigma Howard, a 16-year-old Black female special needs student at Marshall High School, will receive $300,000 to settle a lawsuit concerning excessive police force at a Chicago Public School. In January 2019, Howard was tased and wrestled down a flight of stairs by school resource officers.

After receiving a suspension, officers alleged that Howard refused to leave the school premises. Howard was also charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, but those charges were dropped by the state’s attorney’s office a week after the incident.


Officer Lauren Kubiack was transferred to an undesirable patrol assignment after reporting that she had been threatened by one of her coworkers in 2012. She will receive $3.8 million dollars to settle the lawsuit. The settlement will also enact new policy changes for the Chicago Police Department.

Kubiack’s case raises the “code-of-silence" that discourages officers across the country from reporting problems within their departments. The officer who threatened Kubiack has had 31 internal affairs complaints as well as a federal lawsuit leveled against him. Kubiack initially filed an administrative complaint requesting to be placed back in her assignment with Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs, but her request was denied.


Chicago Aldermen in September 2020 agreed to settle four lawsuits concerning police misconduct for $6.65 million.

Two of the lawsuits concerned fatal police shootings of two Black men: Paul O’Neal Jr., who was 18 at the time, and Martice Milliner, who was 27, were both shot and killed by Chicago police officers. Chicago also settled a separate lawsuit concerning a claim of retaliation arising out of a report by one police officer against another officer for verbal abuse and threatening conduct and another settlement involved a claim about armed officers breaking into an apartment based on an inaccurate warrant.


In 2017, Ricardo Hayes, who was 18 years old at the time, was shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer. He will now receive $2.25 million dollars to settle the lawsuit.

Hayes has developmental disabilities and was unarmed at the time of his shooting. It is unclear why he was targeted by an off-duty police officer, but the incident was caught on video and the officer involved in the incident was suspended for six months.

2010 - 2018

Between 2010 and 2014, Chicago spent $249.7 million on police misconduct cases; in the first part of 2018, it spent over $45 million on police misconduct settlements.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Chicago spent $249.7 million on police misconduct cases. In 2015, the city paid $5 million to the family of Laquan McDonald, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer 16 times as he walked away from the officer. A separate analysis conducted by local news source NBC5 Chicago determined that the city paid over $45 million to resolve police misconduct cases between January and July 2018.