Welcome to the Independent Police Review Authority

July 14, 2016

To the Mayor, Members of City Council Committee on Public Safety, the City Clerk, the Legislative Reference Bureau and the Citizens of Chicago:

Enclosed is the public report on the operation of the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) for the Second Quarter of 2016 that is submitted herein pursuant to Municipal Code of Chicago, Section 2-57-110.

Although I hope you will see how much the agency has been able to accomplish this quarter, this report also highlights some of the key challenges we face at this unprecedented time in our agency’s history. 

It is important to acknowledge that our City is in engaged in perhaps the most important undertaking it has attempted in decades – true reform for policing and police accountability.  As was made clear during last week’s City Council meetings, there are many differences of opinion as to what the future should look like.  As the key decision-makers, you are charged with parsing through the myriad of ideas on how to fix a system that is broadly viewed to be badly broken.   We understand that this challenge must be faced in a thoughtful, transparent and inclusive manner.  We must get it right.

However, it is my hope that we proceed as expediently as possible.

Although we continue to strive for continuous improvement in our operations, IPRA is unlikely to be able to achieve the effectiveness and efficiency in operations that the City deserves under the present circumstances.   Thus, we are asking that you work to solidify the vision for the future of police accountability in Chicago as soon as possible.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Sincerely,

Sharon Fairley

Independent Police Review Authority
1615 W. Chicago Avenue, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60622