Sunday, August 11, 2013

STILL WAITING: Cops Swamped With Calls, Denied Lunches Overnight

Alderman Tunney? Um, hi.

Yes, sir, about your promise that we would have a police saturation team and additional officers brought into our district on weekends.

When, exactly, should we expect to see some improvement?

The 19th district ran out of cars to dispatch to calls again this morning. It started between midnight and 1 o'clock, then dragged with little improvement until sunrise. As soon as a car would become available, they would be assigned to the highest priority call awaiting service.

That's two nights in a row that we've run out of officers. The no-cop-available Radio Assignment Pending (RAP) status remained in effect for most of the night. Overnight officers were denied their lunches in order to chip away at pending assignments.

Thank God for the overnight sergeant on duty last night. While no squad cars were available, he hustled from priority call to priority call. Making contact, assessing the situation, doing his best before getting pulled away to the next call.

Whenever you're ready to follow through on that promise of additional officers, it'd be great.

Thanks, Tom.