Monday, December 16, 2013

COP OUT: Nearly Half Of The District Had No Beat Cops Overnight; Uptown Virtually Police-Free

We're calling this the Alderman James Cappelman Memorial Police Staffing Map.

Red on this map indicates areas of the 19th district that had no police beat cars assigned to them from late last night until early this morning. A paddy wagon was assigned as the "beat car" in the yellow section, even though they operate across the district transporting prisoners.

That's 7 out of 15 police beats without dedicated beat cars overnight. 95% of Cappelman's ward--which includes Uptown and the northwest part of our neighborhoods--had no beat cops last night.

In addition to all of that, our district had zero sector sergeants on duty last night. Technically, there should be three of those.

So, why the Alderman James Cappelman Memorial Police Staffing Map?

Well, after a teenager got shot twice in the head in broad daylight while standing at a major intersection in his ward this summer, Cappelman declared that he was
insisting on a commitment of more police officers on the street before we vote on the 2014 City Budget.
The next month, Cappelman backed out of that demand for more police officers long before the budget even came up for debate. He decided that, rather than more police officers, he'd rather spend $110,000 on social services to cut down on public drinking, saying,
Three weeks after voting in favor of the 2014 police budget without insisting on police officers, nearly his entire ward was left without police coverage due to understaffing. Enjoy the next year of your little experiment, Alderman.

Other comments and emails regarding 19th district staffing:
Off topic but info I think the neighborhood needs to know. Earlier someone posted that there are 8 [police officer transfer opportunities] in the 019th district. The problem is I know of at least 18 officers who are bidding out on the same bid to other districts. So yes [the loss of manpower] continues 8 officers in 18 out net loss of 10. That is of course 18 that I know of, there might be more...
Also this...
I'm a Belmont business and I have recently noticed an absence of our day hours foot patrol. I called the CAPS office and was told due to manpower he has been assigned to other areas. This is the busiest time of the year for stealing and I find it very odd that NOW the commander took him away...since there has been no police presence on Belmont I have had 5 thefts just from my store!What should I do? Is a call to the alderman warranted? The commander?
And this..

it came to my attention by some others who have also seen a change in absence of our foot patrols in the previous blog named CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY. I was at the C.A.P.S. meeting at District 19 @ the police station few weeks ago and this is very true about the depletion of many cops that were working as foot patrols,both on belmont and halsted streets, are not going to be any more. And when speaking and hearing about this in the open public meeting,NO answers were given by the C.A.P.S. Sergeant why this is. typical. Very unnerving was that the 1 openly gay police officer who is also being shifted away and will be silenced on the overnight shift away from "Boystown" patrolling. I speculate,as a proud gay man why this occurring. Perhaps the TownHall Police station aren't as responsive to the gay, lesbian, trans. people as they proclaim themselves to be.Maybe its time that the person in charge of the Police District 19 should reconsider being in the next annual pride parade as he may not be as supportive of our challenges and priorities.We as gay, lesbian, trans, and straight people should demand equal police treatment from the people who make these police foot patrol dismissals. Our community in "Boystown" and neighboring communities deserves more police protection,not less.Alderman Tunney and the mayor has already been contacted from quite a few people i've talked to.

23 comments:

  1. Last night was the district Christmas party.

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    1. "Let them eat cake !"

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  2. Yeah, but they tell us that #CrimeIsDown so who needs cops. They're expensive and stuff or something...

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  3. No it couldn't have been last night because I know for a fact that they would get officers from other districts to fill in like 019 had been going to other districts to fill in for there parties

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    1. Well, it WAS last night, Sunday Dec 15th. That is a fact. Maybe they didn't ask.

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  4. I'll bet Target is reconsidering their bullseye logo for the Uptown store.

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    1. LOL. I'm disappointed in Cappleman. I thought he showed promise cleaning up his ward.

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    2. Seriously, a guy I was dating said he just wrapped a makeshift tourniquet around a guys leg that was shot outside of there a couple years ago. I texted back , "great -now get out". 6 months later he made a comment "whatever, people die everyday". Needless to say, it didnt work out. I'm just not hipster cool enough. LOL.

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  5. To the business owner: Hire security. it is not CPD's responsibility to patrol inside your store.

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    1. To You,
      Understand you are right it is not CPD's responsibility to be inside our store but I do believe my tax payer dollars pay for you to protect my store. If you were actively outside patrolling the area, I believe my thieves will think twice about running outside my store into the arms of an officer with stolen merchandise.

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    2. Huh? Are you drunk typing?

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  6. It was the district Christmas party and unfortunately other districts did not send officers to cover the beats for the night because they were "too busy"

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  7. Now the Chicago Fire soccer team wants to build their stadium in the 19th district. That should suck up the 3 remaining police officers that we have.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-chicago-fire-soccer-dome-20131216,0,6850317.story

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  8. Is someone going to write that lying scumbag of mayor to tell him so, AND he is NOT welcome in the Pride Parade, wherever it is held ?

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    1. Unfortunately the boys of boystown cheer Prince Rahm anytime he comes around for a photo-op. He'll be re-elected in a landslide unfortunately because he rules the Chicago machine with his pinkie.

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  9. A !!big kudos!! to Crime In Wrigleyville + Boystown blog for exposing the hypocrisy of the alderman. James says what you want to hear to get elected and then eventually do what the mayor wants behind closed doors. I think its called a rubber stamp to the mayors will. If anyone got robbed, burglarized, or any criminal act happened to them in Cappelmann's ward during this time period they should keep him accountable why he allowed this happen of having no police working whatsoever and that he wanted more police in the budget earlier and then conveniently changes his mind at the last minute. He needs to wake up and realize he is no longer a low paid, unappreciated social worker but now and alderman with a big paycheck! I would rather see that $110,000 go to hiring more police. he just lost lots of votes from this screw up but apart from this hopefully no one was seriously injured because james thinks the police manpower isn't a concern

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    1. I just came from Michigan Avenue - a relatively quiet Monday evening. Six cops on one corner chatting and three cops on another corner a block away. That's NINE COPS IN A TWO BLOCK SPAN. Now you know where they are.

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    2. Re: Michigan Ave cops, that's to give the illusion to any suburbanite stupid enough to come down that there's a *huge* police presence and that it's safe down on the Mug-nificant Mile. Now spend your hard-earned money and get out!

      -- sincerely,

      Rahm

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  10. It is true that a large number of police officers are attempting to leave. The leadership is horrible.

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  11. I am hoping I am one of the lucky ones to "escape" on the next transfer order. As someone posted...8 will come in, but how many will leave? You could end up with a net loss of 8-12.

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  12. Nobody is attempting to leave because of the leadership, they're leaving because most of them are cry babies who (cant work midnights, or weekends) then they also use nonsence like " I have kids" . These officer's dont have enough time on the job and were sent to the midnight shift by the commander to beef up the police presence. And by the way thats why the openly gay police officer is'nt on a foot post too, He will have to be on midnights as well. Maybe when his gets some time on he'll by back.

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    1. You're wrong...20+ and leaving because of the leadership, or lack thereof.

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  13. Capplan is an Emanuel clone and yes man as is Tunney. They do not want cops. They want more insider deals for their campaign contributors. If you want more cops, vote them all out. It's the only way to wake them up.

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