Tuesday, December 10, 2013

XMAS RAPPING: Cops Depleted At Least 4 Times In December (so far)

Don’t let the presumed drop in crime that goes with this cold weather fool you. The 19th district is still running out of cops.

When a Chicago police district has no officers available to immediately handle 911 calls, the district enters “Radio Assignment Pending” or RAP status. 

Calls for service stack up when a district is in a RAP and when a unit does become available, they are generally given the most important assignment pending. 

Read more about RAPS and see CWB's list of known RAPS in 2013 HERE.

Our district has recorded at least four RAPS in December:
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2013, starting at 4:59AM. End time unknown.
  • Friday, December 6, 2013, from 3:35PM to 4:00PM
  • Sunday, December 9, 2013, from 5:43AM until after 7AM (end time not clear).
  • Monday, December 9, 2013, from 2:09PM until 5:00PM.

The afternoon RAPS are particularly infuriating because the district actually has some officers available who are not handling calls for help. Unfortunately, they are required to sit around and watch a "Safe Passage" corner for hours on end, so they can't pitch in. 

We consider the Safe Passage manpower sponge to be a "Secret Santa" gift from our Mayor.
Image: Real Simple

26 comments:

  1. Are there Safe Passage routes in the 19th? Or are our officers from the 19th patrolling Safe Passage routes in other Districts?

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    1. Yes. Courtenay and Brennemann schools have safe passage routes.

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  2. Rahm, being a CEO, not a mayor, would simply regard that as selling out of merchandise or over-booking a flight. The man has no sense of duty as a public servant.

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  3. Well there was a good turnout for the officers furlough picking today. Where the officers pick there vacation times for the next year. Funny how I see all these officers that have been on the medical since summer and other officers that have been faking iod's to be off and go out drinking. Wow they haven't even been working for months some over 6 months but they want to secure their next years vacation. We are not all like this the most of us show up to work. We are hoping this next year brings us enough officers to ensure the saftey of the people in this district.

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    1. what is "iods"? If these officers are off for months on medical leave, why do they get vacation?

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    2. So if you get hurt or sick, you SHOULDN'T get vacation NEXT year? Quit crying you baby, just because they pick BEFORE you....................

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    3. Stay on the medical dog, you are on vacation while we are all working. Quit or come back or just shut your mouth. And may God Bless you

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  4. I wish my apartment was on a Safe Passage route. There are more Unsafe Passage routes than Safe Passage routes in Lakeview.

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  5. It is every weekend, they are short with all the medical abuse and faking iod's to go out drinking, then the same officers taking off on the weekends to do whatever, you would think your job comes first. Then you are always short officers and is just unsafe for everybody.

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    1. Civilians have no concept how dangerous this short-staffing is for the police. I read that the F.O.P. says more than 3,000 officers are "retirement-ready". With all of this short-staffing, more and more police are going to retire,not wanting to take any more chances out on the road. And civilians have no idea how long it takes to screen/hire/train new officers, if we could ever get funding.

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  6. Wait until Saturday. That's the TBOX---Twelve Bars Of X-Mas pub crawl on Clark St. Wait til that backlog rears its ugly head.

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    1. On TBOX day last year a cab driver downtown commented "oh hell no, I'm not going up that way today!" I didnt know what TBOX was at the time.

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    2. I hated TBOX even when I was the appropriate age for TBOX. This city could make a killing just by ticketing the hell out of trxies and chads that day.

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  7. We might be blessed with a major winter storm this TBOX weekend.

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    1. Please, lots of snow, please. TBOX is a neighborhood nuisance.

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    2. In comparison to armed career criminal predators prowling the neighborhood looking for their next mugging victims, I really don't mind a bunch of drunk overage frat boys fighting among themselves on a Saturday night.

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    3. ^ Then you must not be the innocent victim who got stabbed in the neck by one of the "overage frat boys" after last year's TBOX or one of the police officers in attendance when the offender shat into his hands and threw it onto the police station floor.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/09/wrigleyville-bar-stabbing_n_2268193.html

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    4. The crowd attracted to the Gay Pride Parade is much more disruptive than TBOX.

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    5. And that makes TBOX good?

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  8. All us lake view residents should get buckets of lugnuts, situate ourselves on roofs overlooking clark street and start tossing said lugnuts down the pub crawlers noggins, the festivities should end quickly thereafter.

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    1. What would you have to say if straight people said the exact same thing about the gay pride parade?

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    2. Followed by a riot!

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    3. Considering the sh!t show that this year's gay pride parade was, i'd bet that a lot of gay people would say that about the gay pride parade.

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    4. The parade is a celebration of a group that is proud of who they are, a group who for decades previous had to hide in societies' shadows. This tbox shit has only one purpose, inebriation. And the participants generally come from outside thecommunity and display blatant disrespect for our habitat. What if a coupla bus loads of us descended on, say, naperville or evanston, and just got totally shitfaced, vomitted all over, pissed in the street, busted windows etc. Think theyd be understanding or welcome us back? Just sickof the frat house bullshit and the element THAT attracts, all that COH trash. fyi, i'm straight and have nothing but respect for my LGBT neighbors, its the jagoffs from outside i take issue with.

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    5. You just described the pride parade of the last 7 years as i knew it. Actually we waited on one friends acquaintance that was coming in from Naperville before we went to a party at a straight couples condo.

      I'm gay and prefer to stay off those streets for that "celebration"

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