Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office, we have spent $2,646,000,000 on police.

40% of Chicago’s budget goes to the police. We demand it goes to the people.

The CPD’s budget has increased every single year since 2012. Under Lori’s first year of leadership, it increased by at least $121,504,351.

Movements have already successfully cut or frozen police budgets in cities like LA, Austin and Minneapolis. It's time for Chicago.

Chicago's City Council has the power to cut funding and resources from the police department and other law enforcement, and invest in the things that actually make our communities safer: quality housing for all, universal health care, community-based mental health services, income support, safe living wage employment, education and youth programming.

#DefundCPD #DefendBlackLives #FundThePeople

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Sign on to the Black Abolitionist Network #DefundCPD demand for updates about local trainings and actions.

Check out this resource from Interrupting Criminalization.

The "Coins, Cops, and Communities" Toolkit has a set of guided activities to help participants understand the costs of policing and imagine communities beyond policing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in this giant chunk of money?

This tally includes both the police budget, money the Chicago Police Department is given by the city through the city's annual budget process, and the budget for agencies that exist because of policing, like the Chicago Police Board and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. It also includes the money the city pays into the police pension fund, money that Chicago Public Schools pays the police department to place officers in schools as well as money the city spends on surveillance technology.

Chicago Police Department Budget

Source: Budget - 2019 Budget Ordinance - Appropriations, Budget - 2020 Budget Ordinance - Appropriations, City of Chicago

Chicago Police Board Budget

Source: Budget - 2019 Budget Ordinance - Appropriations, Budget - 2020 Budget Ordinance - Appropriations, City of Chicago

Civilian Office of Police Accountability Budget

Source: Budget - 2019 Budget Ordinance - Appropriations Budget - 2020 Budget Ordinance - Appropriations, City of Chicago

Policemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund

This is the city's contribution into the police pension. You can read more about Chicago's payment into pension funds on page 52-53 of the 2020 Budget Overview.

Source: Budget - 2019 Budget Ordinance - Appropriations Budget - 2020 Budget Ordinance - Appropriations, City of Chicago

Chicago Public Schools contract with the Chicago Police Department for School Resource Officers

Source: Intergovernmental Agreement Between the City of Chicago and the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools Office of Safety and Security

OEMC Camera Contract with Motorola Solutions

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is responsible for the city's multimillion-dollar contract with Motorola Solutions for the city's network of surveillance cameras. Before OEMC took over management of the contract, the city's inspector general investigated the system and found issues with improper access and use.

Source: Payment Details for Contract 66808, City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services

Gunshot Detection Technology Contract with Shotspotter

Source: Payment Details for Contract 71366, City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services

How is the ticker amount calculated?

Without having real-time access to the city's accounting systems, we cannot track the flow of money precisely. This ticker attempts to use public budget and contract numbers to convey both the large sum of money spent on policing in Chicago and the way that the use of that money, whether for officers in communities or the gaze of surveillance cameras, is ongoing.

The ticker reflects a base amount, money that has already been spent on policing, and the future amount budgeted that has yet to be spent. The future amount is divided by the number of seconds between the moment you loaded the page and the end of the fiscal year, and this per-second amount is added to the total every second.

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