Tuesday, October 29, 2013

GOING SOLO: Cop Needs Back-Up, No Cars Available

Regular CWB readers know that the 19th district is dangerously understaffed. The district police commander has said that the district has lost 15% of its manpower since March 2012. We believe the actual number of officers lost is significantly greater than that.

Running low or completely out of police officers is not only bad for citizens who need help. It's dangerous for the cops. The following transpired over the course of four minutes, beginning at 11:54 this morning:
UNIT 1996: 3720 Lincoln. Get me a [back-up] car.
DISPATCHER: All right. we'll get you a car. 3720 N Lincoln. [Unit] 1996 is looking for a back up there. Any tact units around? 3720 north on Lincoln? 
DISPATCHER: Who can take a ride? […} 1961 Adam? 1961 Boy? 1904 Charlie? 1906 Adam?
UNIT 1906: We'll go. We're not close, though.
[..]  [Silence] 
DISPATCHER: Anyone near? Let me know. 
1996: He's now in custody. 
UNKNOWN SUPERVISOR: Is every car on assignment or something? What's going on? 
DISPATCHER: Traffic stop, sir. Traffic stop. He has him in custody now. He asked for a back up. 
UNKNOWN SUPERVISOR: No cars available to back him up? I'm just curious. 
DISPATCHER: There isn't. I'm sorry. There are no cars. 10 sector's down. 20 sector's down. 30 sector's down. 
DISPATCHER: 1996. Are you all right, sir? 
UNIT 1996: I'm fine now. Good thing I didn't need…an assist. I'd be dead by now.



  1. "Good thing I didn't need…an assist. I'd be dead by now" is also how I as a private citizen feel when I can breathe a sigh of relief after a thug has passed me on the sidewalk and I am still alive.

  2. Notice how many of these post are now about incidents taking place in broad daylight, away from allies and not involving intoxication?

  3. Maybe the car needed was taking someone to the Apple store in Lincoln Park?

  4. This is inexcusable, a city of the size of Chicago with scads of tourists (and residents, of course) not having the police protection our taxes pay for. Hello, Rahm? Tunney? Anyone awake?

  5. We may not have enough cops, but at least we have pretty flowers on Michigan Avenue.

  6. where are all the special tact units, O.M.G! are we in trouble if they wont even help their own.

  7. It's not that they won't, they can't. And get ready folks, because not only will you wait for that police officer to arrive, but you'll also be waiting for an ambulance because both CPD and CFD EMS are stretched beyond belief.

  8. I am sure that our fearless Alderman Tunney is on the case, no doubt on the phone immediately with the Mayor and the Police Superintendent demanding that police resources be returned to his Ward versus making sure that the scumbags on the south side don't shoot each other because they have been 'disrespected.' Then again, perhaps he's just coordinating another ridiculous publicity stunt, er, march to take back the night? Sure, that worked so well last time.