CWB is withholding information about the most interesting development, which apparently stemmed from resident collaboration during the meeting. We hope to share further details and very good news after police officers have an opportunity to take action. It's amazing what can happen when the public is informed.
Police Captain Mike Ryan led the meeting.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Here are some early reactions from from our readers:
[Alderman Tom] Tunney and the captain were asked four different times if the district lost police officers since 19 and 23 joined. They evaded the question every time. The captain even said he didn't know how many officers work in the district. Someone asked who we need to contact to get something done. The entire panel sat in silence. Tunney said he told the mayor and the mayor backs our entertainment detail.
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Total confusion about this entertainment detail. Sounds like 8 officers. Still blaming the victims. But looks like they are kicking the can down the road and hoping for winter.
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It turns out that the Entertainment Detail is not made up of additional police officers. It is a shuffling of officers who would already be working in the district. They're given the Detail instead of doing other duties.
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The meeting started with a review of recent crime statistics. Someone pointed out that the statistics the police gave for robberies only included robberies committed without weapons. An officer said he generated the report by printing the top 10 crimes of the month, which does not roll all robberies into one category. Long story short, they had to admit that there were more robberies than what their hand-out said and their comparison of more or fewer robberies did not include armed robberies.
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Thought you'd like to know that the police officer used the word alley 4 times tonight.
Four times? That's two mentions apiece for the two robberies that actually took place in alleys last month.