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Snelling has been a part of CPD since 1992, when he joined as a patrol officer in his home community of Englewood. He was promoted to sergeant, lieutenant, commander, and deputy chief of Area 2 before being appointed Chief of the Bureau of Counterterrorism in 2022.
Snelling is a product of Chicago Public Schools and holds a bachelor's degree in adult education from DePaul University. He has redesigned the Department's current force training model around national best practices and constitutional policing and has testified as an expert in federal use of force cases. Additionally, he was a lead trainer for field force training for the 2012 Chicago NATO Summit.
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Interim Superintendent Fred Waller expressed his confidence in Snelling's ability to lead CPD with "a fresh vision and a sincere love for our city". Deputy Mayor Garien Gatewood also expressed her enthusiasm for Snelling taking on this role, citing his "vital perspective and unwavering commitment to community safety" that will help transition CPD into a new era of compassionate community policing.
Anthony Driver, President of Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability (CCPSA), also expressed his confidence in Snelling's ability to navigate challenges and champion an era of constitutional reform for CPD. Driver noted that Snelling has spent 28 years fostering invaluable relationships with CPD as well as with city residents, community leaders, and public safety organizations which will be essential for building bridges necessary for a community-oriented safety strategy.
The confirmation comes after months-long deliberation by CCPSA during their search process. With this confirmation, Superintendent Larry Snelling is now officially at the helm of Chicago Police Department with an opportunity to create a better, stronger, safer Chicago through comprehensive strategies that address unique needs within each community while improving public safety throughout the city.
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