Sunday, August 25, 2013

A NEW RECORD: District Runs Out Of Cops Earlier Than Ever

We're setting all kinds of records around here. This morning, the district set another one by running out of police officers and entering Radio Assignment Pending (RAP) status earlier than ever recorded by CWB: 12:34AM.

This morning's depletion is also the longest we've recorded. It lasted 6 hours and 39 minutes, until 7:13AM.

You'd think that with a busload of cops (cough, cough) in the neighborhood, there would be no shortage of officers.

During RAPs, calls for police assistance sit in a holding pattern until a unit becomes available. Once available, a unit is immediately told to handle one of the pending assignments.

RAPs aren't pretty. At 4:49 this morning, an Uptown woman called 911 to report that her roommate had been sexually assaulted, possibly by a cab driver.

92 minutes later, the call was assigned.

Our district has run out of cops at least fifteen times since CWB started tracking RAPs on June 23, 2013

12 comments:

  1. Take a look at the safe passage post on http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/.

    The city is bending over backwards allocating resources to this issue. Are we ever going to see an increase in officers up here now that Rahm has to see that the school fiasco he created doesn't completely blow up in his face?

    Roger

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  2. This might sound terribly stupid, but is there nay way to get an accounting of where every officer is during these RAP periods? That would give a true sense of what's happening in the neighborhood.

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  3. 90 minutes to get the police for a criminal sexual assault ? ? ? Remember when minutes count - the police are only hours away.

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  4. Lincoln Square JackassAug 25, 2013, 11:14:00 AM

    I'm sorry that woman was traumatized again having to wait that long for help and to feel safe. How can we put this problem more in the spotlight? That last news report was a fluff piece. Even the FOP response regarding the police officer who was injured on-duty was weak - he said something at the end of his statement to the effect, "CPD is reporting that crime is down, I doubt it." He should have said WHY it is doubtful! He should have talked about the short-staffing not being available to actually take reports from victims! And that victims are not filing reports for robbery of their phones (why not???)! How about discrepancy with reports, such as the new codes added for robberies so that robberies are not all counted together and so look less! The neighborhood cannot even organize a neighborhood watch because their won't be an officer available to answer their call! 911 isn't even picking up!!

    I shouldn't worry myself, I'm sure it is going to resolve itself when they expand Wrigleyville.

    The bigger problem is Rahmbo's corruption, I don't even blame Tunney for all of this because he is not nearly strong/crazy enough to go up against Rahm. Rahm's cuts put this in motion: less police = less pension payouts. There are only a few aldermen who have spoken against Rahm's moves but the rest are intimidated or in his inner circle.

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  5. 50 people were promoted to SGT and Detective last year and w/ the merger and continuance of cops retiring NO ONE IS COMING TO HELP!

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  6. Here's something I have never been able to figure out. Why is it that a fire truck with a full crew has to go on every single call that an ambulance goes on? I've been in Chicago for over 11 years and have not once seen only an ambulance at a scene.

    God bless all the fire fighters for all they do, but perhaps in tough times this might be the solution to getting more cops on the beat. We obviously need more police than firemen if we can have dozens of crews chasing ambulances every day.

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  7. Anonymous said...
    Here's something I have never been able to figure out. Why is it that a fire truck with a full crew has to go on every single call that an ambulance goes on? I've been in Chicago for over 11 years and have not once seen only an ambulance at a scene.

    God bless all the fire fighters for all they do, but perhaps in tough times this might be the solution to getting more cops on the beat. We obviously need more police than firemen if we can have dozens of crews chasing ambulances every day.

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    Hi Anonymous,

    You ask a legitimate question that many people wonder about. As the eldest CWBer, I can address this.

    Back when I was a kid and maybe you were a kid, too, fire trucks were for fighting fires and ambulances were for sick people. I happen to be old enough to remember when ambulances were nothing more than hearses that had been painted red with a red light on top. Ambulances have changed quite a bit since then.

    Changes in construction methods and materials, prevention efforts, and other measures have greatly reduced the number of fires in America.

    The mission of most fire departments has evolved over the years to be providers of emergency medical care.

    CFD sends fire trucks to medical calls when the nearest ambulance is more than a certain number of blocks away. The firemen use their emergency medical training to begin stabilizing patients, etc, until the ambulance arrives.

    By the way, the Chicago Police Department superintendent profusely thank the fire department's emergency medical services as well as the evolution of modern emergency rooms. If it weren't for their skills, far more people who've been shot in this city would be dead.

    That;s a good point to keep in mind the next time the police department brags that there are fewer homicides this year than in 1965. The city has 750,000 fewer residents, ambulances that begin advanced lifesaving measures, and the blessings that come with nearly 50 years of medical advancements.

    Not much to brag about, really.

    I digress as usual. Thanks a lot for reading our blog. Hope this helps!

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  8. CWB - thank you for the information about the Fire Department. Very informative and useful, and one of the reasons that I come here every day!

    Keep up the great work, CWB!!!

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  9. "Keep up the great work, CWB!!!"

    ~ ~ ~

    A.M.E.N.!!! You all are doing a spectacular job keeping us informed.

    God bless you, and thank you so much for ALL the efforts, time and attention to detail that you expend to get to the TRUTH and relay it here! Information IS power.

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  10. Jeff on BuckinghamAug 25, 2013, 5:18:00 PM

    Yes, thank you.

    I never considered the murder rate declines being connected to advances in medical care and 1st responder's training and equipment.

    Interesting stuff.

    To understand it more, I wondered if attempted murder has risen also as a result of improvements in medical care.

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  11. Jeff on BuckinghamAug 25, 2013, 5:32:00 PM


    Here's an article that does confirm that the drop in murder is connected to improvements in medical care.


    http://www.advisory.com/Daily-Briefing/2012/12/11/As-medicine-improves-homicide-rates-decline


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  12. To me it's laughable how Chicago tries to sell lack of Police all on Stats. At what point is any crime acceptable. To me stats really don't matter. I don't care if there are less this year than last year or 10 years ago. I care about now and tomorrow. None should be acceptable. If it's acceptable at any level then these crimes should be de-criminalized.

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