Monday, December 23, 2013

BAD TO WORSE: Only 8 Police Cars Patrolled 19th District Sunday AM

What's worse than not having cars assigned to 8 of our district's 15 police beats?

How about not having cars assigned to NINE of our beats?
And having no rapid-response units AND a grand total of two tactical cars on duty.

That's exactly the level of police service we were given in the 19th district on Sunday from sunrise to early afternoon.

There were six patrol cars and two tactical units on duty to protect one of the largest police districts in the city of Chicago.

Red on this map indicates areas that had no police cars assigned Sunday morning. The yellow area was "assigned" to a police paddy wagon. In reality, though, the wagon spends the entire day hauling prisoners from place to place.

So, who's the police genius who decided that a morning with 9 missing police beat cars would be a good time to schedule zero rapid response cars and only two tactical cars to pick up the slack?

Upon seeing the ridiculously limited resources he would be working with Sunday morning, one police dispatcher sighed, "Maybe I should go home, too."


  1. Thanks again ald tunney for help in passing the 2014 budget which limits the number of police to be hired. You Go . . . or maybe it should read - He's gone . . .

  2. I think the reason for having 9 beat cars with no one to operate them was most criminals were attending church since it was a Sunday morning.

  3. 9 cars down ? That's a crime that should be reported. Oh, wait, there is no one to take the report = no crime.

  4. Sounds like the tact teams are given unlimited time off How can only 2 cars be working? Is there any supervision of these teams? Unbelievable!

    1. How many police officers are on a tact team? Do the bosses let them all take off every weekend? Shouldn't most of them be working?

  5. Same ones always taking off, afraid to work. And they let them.
    It's useless to think it will ever change or get better.
    God help the people, may they not get seriously hurt out there.

  6. It's not THE biggest. 008 and 016 are the biggest.