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April 29, 2002

Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard is sharply curtailing his 13,200 employees' use of the Internet, after allegations surfaced of officers viewing pornography on department computers, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Hillard said he ordered Internet access cut off to officers after he was told last week of an Internal Affairs investigation into whether officers were looking at pornography.

The department planned this week to re-open use of the Internet after installing a software filter to block access to 500,000 restricted Web sites.

And in the future, officers will have to ask supervisors for permission to use the Internet, Hillard said.

A new system was installed to track the Web sites contacted by each of the department's 3,200 personal computers, the Sun-Times reports. The department's internal computer network will have a special portal giving officers access to certain Web sites deemed necessary to do their jobs - such as links to Illinois laws, new models of vehicles, and other law enforcement agencies, Hillard said.

Mayor Richard Daley said he supported Hillard's decision to shut off Internet access while the new restrictions are being put in place. "This is not only a police issue," Daley said. "It's an issue for society when you have Internet usage."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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