Saturday, August 17, 2013

COPLESS: Yes, Of Course We Ran Out Of Cops Overnight

Yep, ran out of cops again overnight.

Thankfully, the Boystown robbery spree ended with #4.

There were juuuuuuust enough cops available to send a car in response to a 2-gunman home invasion. Can you imagine what kind of response your little mugging would wouldn't have gotten?

The 19th district entered Radio Assignment Pending (RAP) status at 1:53AM. That means that no radio cars were available to accept incoming calls for police service. During RAPs, calls for help sit in a holding pattern. Whenever a unit becomes available, they are generally assigned to the most important call pending.

Dispatchers occasionally run down a laundry list of calls that are waiting for police responses. Here's the 19th district's list of calls pending from shortly after 2 o'clock this morning:
For the units in 19 with no units available, we have an assault in progress over the time 37XX N. Janssen. The domestic 1XXX W. Newport. Person with a gun-slash-robbery just occurred 2XXX W. Fletcher. Battery in progress, Belmont and Sheffield. Criminal damage to property just occurred 26XX N. Clark, And the [traffic accident with property damage] no injury. 
Calls got jammed up for hours during this morning's RAP. One officer coming on duty at sunrise was assigned to handle a low-priority call that came in 3 hours earlier. The officer's response? "Three hours ago? I was asleep three hours ago!"

Other delayed reactions:
  • A call about shoplifting at a Lincoln Park 7-Eleven store came in at 1:12AM. It was assigned to an officer at 4:11AM.
  • Wrigley Field security reported that they were holding two people for climbing into the stadium at 4:24AM. That call was assigned at 4:52AM.
On A Positive Note
The good news is that some of the district's CAPS officers dusted off their walking shoes to do a little actual late night policing on Halsted Street.  In fact, the CAPS officers are the ones who stopped two suspected robbery offenders who were later taken into custody at Roscoe and Halsted. Sincerely, well done, officers! Let's keep it up! 

We must admit that we would have loved to see the looks on CAPS officer's face when he realized that he was detaining two robbery suspects while another unit was processing a completely unrelated strong arm robbery directly across the street! Robbery problem? What robbery problem?