Sunday, April 21, 2013

CAUSE AND EFFECT: Manpower Woes Force Police To Rob Peter, Pay Paul

The police department's Boystown/Wrigleyville robbery mission detail is not comprised of additional police officers brought in to attack the area's problem.

Rather, regularly scheduled beat cars that would ordinarily be patrolling other parts of the 19th District are being pulled out of their usual patrol operations to sit in Wrigleyville and Boystown hot spots.

As a result of the reassignments, some areas of the Lincoln Park neighborhood are effectively without police coverage during weekend overnight hours.

From late Saturday into early Sunday morning, citizens on the south end of the 19th district called 911 to report two batteries in progress and a burglary in progress. No officers responded to those calls for help until the reassigned beat cars were released at 4:45AM.