Comparing four potential ways civilians could oversee police

Each offers a different blueprint for how Chicago residents could be involved as police watchdogs. The four proposed organizations are: the Chicago Civilian Oversight Commission (CCOC) , the Chicago Community Police Commission (CCPC) , the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) , and the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability (CCPSA). This cheat sheet looks at the similarities and differences on some key issues.

How many people are involved?

CCOC

9 members

CCPC

21 members

CPAC

22 members, 1 from each police district

CCPSA

7 members for the entire department, and an additional 66 members focused on a police district (3 for each district)

Can police officers be involved?

CCOC

Yes, if they haven't served on a police force in the past 5 years

CCPC

No

CPAC

No

CCPSA

Yes, if they haven't served on a police force in the past 3 years

How are members chosen?

CCOC

First 5 appointed by city council, then 4 appointed by those CCOC members

CCPC

7 appointed by the mayor, 7 appointed by city council, and then 7 appointed by those CCPC members

CPAC

Elected by the public

CCPSA

Elected by the public

Are members paid?

CCOC

Yes, they get up to $5,000 in a yearly stipend

CCPC

Yes, they get up to $5,000 in a yearly stipend

CPAC

Yes, a minimum $100,000 salary, which is equivalent to that of an alderman

CCPSA

$15,000 yearly stipend for commission president

$12,000 yearly stipend for the six other city-wide members

$6,000 yearly stipend for the 66 police-district-focused members

Are there other criteria specific to this group?

CCOC

No

CCPC

2 members must have law degrees. The board must be representative of the city based on criteria like race. It also must include members representing minority groups such as LGBT identities.

CPAC

Each member must gather 300 petition signatures to be eligible

CCPSA

2 members must have law degrees. Members must have "work experience in a field related to the work the commission will undertake."

Can they hire and fire the police superintendent?

CCOC

No

CCPC

No

CPAC

Yes

CCPSA

Yes

Can they hire and fire the chief administrator of COPA?

CCOC

No, but can recommend candidates to city council

CCPC

No, but can recommend candidates to city council

CPAC

Eliminates COPA

CCPSA

Yes

Can they fire police found guilty of misconduct by the police board?

CCOC

No

CCPC

No

CPAC

Yes, and they can forward cases to federal judges

CCPSA

No

Can they investigate officers?

CCOC

No

CCPC

No

CPAC

Yes

CCPSA

No

How much say do they have in police rules?

CCOC

Can make recommendations to the police superintendent

CCPC

Can make recommendations to the police superintendent

CPAC

Has the final say on CPD rules

CCPSA

Has the final say on CPD rules