Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GOODBYE, OFFICERS: More Cops Will Leave Our District On Sunday. They Aren't Coming Back

Here’s a swift kick in the huevos.

As our neighborhood's annual robbery rate hits a record high for the third year in a row.

After the district runs out of cops at least 31 times in the past 5 months.

On the heels of the protestations and demands for proper police protection.

The 19th district’s manpower is going to be cut again this Sunday.

Chicago Police Officers recently had the opportunity to seek transfers to new assignments within the department.

Eight positions were available in the 19th district. Unfortunately, while 8 officers are transferring into our district, 15 or 16 are leaving. From our comments section this morning:
Here’s another lie… 019 is getting more bodies in 2014. Well the order is out: 019 gets 8 more bodies! 019 loses 14 more that bid out and 2 more that were promoted. Net result? -8 bodies to start 2014!
And…
Well, here’s the manpower numbers after the transfer. Maybe the good folks at this blog can bump it up to the top. 8 openings in 019, 13 people transferred out (-5), and two promoted, for a -7. On January 5, the district will have 7 less people than it did on Saturday. 
The loss of these officers will bring the total number of cops who’ve left our neighborhood since March 2012 to about 112.

112 fewer cops to help you. 112 fewer cops to respond, search, and CATCH the people who are committing crimes here. 112 fewer cops to file reports so that crimes are recorded rather than vanishing as part of the department’s ludicrous “24% decrease” in crime.

Manpower information obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request shows the precipitous drop in police staffing since the current 19th district was formed by combining the old 19th and 23rd districts on March 4, 2012.

This CPD document showing police manpower in our area was
obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.
The FOIA documents show 468 officers worked here in October 2011.

By August 2013, that number had dropped to 370.

By November, that number was down to 356 according to a CPD spokesman.

Now, we can subtract at least 7 more. So, at most, we have 349 cops heading into 2014. 25% fewer officers. And that doesn't count any that may have left between the department's November number and today.

Let's jump in the old time machine and dial it back to late 2011...

We’ve been reassured that merging districts is going to put more officers on the beat. So that’s a good thing.” 
— 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar

The total number of officers in the district will stay in place, non-sworn personnel working in the district will be reduced and there will be more sworn officers on the street. There will also be the same number of [patrol] cars."
—Bennett Lawson, Chief of Staff for 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney  (TIP: The old districts had 18 police beats. The merged district has 15. Same number of patrol cars? Mmmm. Not so much.) 

Chicago Police Department Supt Garry McCarthy threw his weight behind Emanuel’s proposal, suggesting that the merger would free up officers from administrative duties and allow for “more boots on the ground working in districts.”

43rd ward Alderman Michele Smith [link dead as of July 12, 2014] spoke to [Police Superintendent Garry] McCarthy on the possible consolidation, [and] the superintendent had assured her that there would be “no impact on the level of policing” in the ward.  (Ms. Smith? Check THIS out.)

We feel that we’ve right-sized the districts as far as the number of officers that need to be there,” said McCarthy during a news conference at the Town Hall District station, at 850 W. Addison St., into which the old Belmont District is being merged.

Then, there are these assurances given to the community in the CPD's Consolidation FAQ document:
 With additional officers being deployed for field duty, district commanders will be able to mobilize additional vehicles. 
• All the officers working in the consolidated area will continue to work within the consolidated areas. 
• More cars on the street results in faster response to appropriate 911 calls 
• More officers available for assignment will result in additional vehicles at the district commander’s  discretion. 
•  These additional response cars translate to the ability to respond faster.
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29 comments:

  1. The crime level has dropped in Chicago so much under the guidance of Rahm that we probably don't even need a police department any longer, let's use that money for flowers along Michigan Avenue instead.

    Happy New Year everyone, be safe tonight and go somewhere other than Boystown so you get back with all your belongings!

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  2. Blah. More denial by all parties. It could be a great place to live.

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  3. What a sad state of affairs. While the bad guys ( and men dressed as women ) pillage to community the number of officers drops even lower. Less officers to handle assignments, more radio assignments pending, longer hours to wait for a response and more victims saying to hell with it and leaving the scene. Great job Superintendent and Aldercreature. This will look great at community meetings while beating your chests and telling everyone how "crime is down" in the 19th district.

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    1. I dare them to say to our faces, "Crime is down". I bet they won't. They'll push papers at us w/ incomplete and intentionally confusing crime stats, dance around and pussy foot like they always do. No one should collect their printed paraphernalia. Let's not follow along with their scripted B.S. and make them answer real questions. We pay for honest answers not deception.

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  4. As a taxpayer, it's frustrating to pay so much money for services to get little in return. I'm moving in March and I'm already counting the days. Congrats Chicago, you have chased a high wage earner out of town, someone who pays lots of taxes and spends lots of money on dining out and supporting the local economy.

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    1. You are not the only one. Ask some of the restaurants along Clark and on Halsted. $$ is way off.

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    2. Some of the businesses are just as much to blame for ignoring and blatantly covering the crime problems with buzzwords. It's a shame but there are some employees that even work off the clock trying to drum up business but it got to a point where I could no longer support them.

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  5. If there is going to be another cut in cops in the area sunday...then the wait for help is going to go through the roof. They already take 20 to 30 minutes to come and assist you. Now you will be lucky they show up at all or they may say go to the nearest district and file your compliant. Wow

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  6. And joker McCarthy making the tv rounds patting himself on the back......give me a break

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  7. It's all smoke and mirrors. " Oh, you say there were three people on the corner that got beaten and robbed and it happen one hour ago ? Well, we just got the call. Where are they ? Oh, not here " ? Again, No victims, NO CRIME. Sure looks good on paper.

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  8. If a crime happens to you, you're probably better off calling for an ambulance - at least you'll have EMTs and firemen on the scene to help out.

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    1. Yes, so very true. At least an Engine or Hook & Ladder will be there to help you and then an Ambulance to follow. How often the Fire Dept calls for help when they are the first ones on the spot with people covered in blood and they ask for the police. The fire department dispatcher responds - we called the police twice and we will call them again. The reason is there are no cars to handle the assignment...... Not only the fire department is not able to get the police but the citizens are in the same boat.

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  9. Just you wait until they tally the retirements... Coppers are RUNNING for the exits to get away from Rahm, McCarthy and this city as fast as they can. You are going to witness the greatestest mass exodus ever in the history of CPD... The 1985 to 1995 hires make up the bulk of this department. Remember the collective gasp of horror when it was revealed at a City Council meeting earlier this year that fully one third of CPD was eligible to drop retirement papers? The Police are "going away" just like Rahm wants them to. It will be his campaign talking point when he runs for national office. "I took on the muni employee unions, busted their pensions, enacted efficiencies and cost savings while "right sizing" public safety... Vote for me!"
    Rahm has hijacked the language with overwhelming assistance from local media to change the meaning of words and terms in order to dictate the narrative regarding the discussion of crime and the perception of lack of public safety in Chicago. -3rd Generation "undereducated, overpaid, underworked, too old, too irate, too heavy-fisted, too angry, too politically incorrect, native born Chicago Copper who remembers Riverview, the stink of the Stockyards and the glow in the sky from U.S. Steel South Works..." Rahm says he has no use for people like us, We have long memories and we like to think for ourselves. Wake up middle class Chicago. You're in grave danger from this little man.

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    1. I was at that hearing and it was Ald. Tunney who would let the police pension board give a BS answer to his questions trying to get at how many POs were contributing to the plan, how many retirees and beneficiaries were collecting and how many met the age and years on to retire. Bottom line, if every copper who can did retire, there'd be more collecting benefits than contributing. That is a financial time bomb for every tax payer. And it isn't the fault of police, it's the fault of Daley for not putting in the $$ as required.

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  10. Just a little clarification....

    "Here’s another lie… 019 is getting more bodies in 2014. Well the order is out: 019 gets 8 more bodies! 019 loses 14 more that bid out and 2 more that were promoted. Net result? -8 bodies to start 2014!
    And…
    Well, here’s the manpower numbers after the transfer. Maybe the good folks at this blog can bump it up to the top. 8 openings in 019, 13 people transferred out (-5), and two promoted, for a -7. On January 5, the district will have 7 less people than it did on Saturday. "

    While both statements are true, one of the people "leaving 019" was already detailed out. The Union president was assigned to 019, detailed to the Union. He's now going to 018, but he hasn't been in 019 in a couple of years. The net loss will be -7.

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    1. Thank you for the information.

      Sounds like -7 real people and -8 on the head count..."losing" one officer that we never really had.

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    2. In my original post I said 14 out. I knew one was the union president and technically didn't count. I kept it at 14 though because at least his body counted as an assigned officer. If he resigned as FOP president he would come back. Now that he bid out and not enough transferred in that actual "body " spot is gone, doesn't exist and we all know Rahm is not likely to change that

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    3. The scary part is a lot more could have left. There were at least 20 POs that requested a transfer out but didn't get it. Morale is piss poor in 019. Several that are leaving or attempted to leave were from tact. The tact Lt. has been there forever and is a morale killer. No trust.

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    4. If you didn't point this out CWB some boss would try to blow smoke up your #$% and say 019 just got 8 new officers.

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    5. There was way more then 20 officers that requested transfers. What would the city have done if all officers left? And yes, when tactical officers ( the officers willing to do the work and make arrests) leave a district what does that say about the command staff. Morale is horrible in 019 and it starts at the top with the commander.

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    6. Don't forget about the officer who made the bid to 19 but is somehow detailed out to gang enforcement before ever working a day in the district. How does that happen?

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  11. There are so many inside people in 019 it will blow your mind. There are still 2 tact secretaries sitting around and getting paid about $75,000 a year(yes, the same money street cops make) that's a total of $150,000 a year to do nothing. And there are only 3 tact teams now.

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    1. You obviously are a do nothing spiteful 019th district cop. Wish you had bid out too

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    2. A tact sec. Calling someone a "do nothing?" Now that's funny. You must be the one that gave us such a "warm welcome" during the merge.

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    3. Airing dirty laundry in a public forum... Not good

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  12. 019 used to be a goid place to work for Officers now we all want out even willing to goto violent districts for better bosses and less whiney citizens. No offense too many of your readers have 0 understanding/knowledge as to whats going on in this city and state. It is bad very bad and only voters can start changing it. It will take years but open ur eyes and ears now folks Chicago will be bankrupt in a few years and the state not far behind. Ur emergency services will be 45-65 year old men and women chasing young criminals or carrying heavy fire equipment. I ffear for us all

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  13. Remember that it's us "whiney citizens" that pay your salary. Based on your statement, I want my tax payments back for your portion.

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    1. How much of you're payment goes to police salaries? 50¢ or so. Stop by and pick it up any time.

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  14. Don't forget that 5-7 officers per watch and one sgt are full time assigned to watch rham's house but they are listed as beat officers assigned to the district. Those officers do not answer calls and are not allowed to take any jobs. That is the mayor's sneaky way of telling the tax payers that he is saving them money by not having a security detail at his home and giving the illusion that 15 or so officers are out protecting your neighborhood when in fact they are wasting gas sitting at Rham's castle.

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