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
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."