Thursday, April 17, 2014

EMPTY PROMISES: Neigborhood's Police Shortage Becomes More And More Apparent

Thanks to the city's decision to take away 27% of our district's police force over the past two years, situations like this one from 7 o'clock Tuesday evening are becoming more and more common.
DISPATCHER: For the units in [the 19th district], no cars available. Got a domestic-related person with a knife. 45XX Sheridan…Girlfriend inside armed with a knife 
[silence]
SUPERVISOR: If there’s no cars available, give it to a [tactical unit].  
[silence]

DISPATCHER: 1963David?

1963DAVID: ...We’re all the way on the south side of the district. We’ll respond, but if there’s a car closer…
DISPATCHER: Yeah. We’re kinda outta luck there.

TBT: Throwback Quote Of The Week

Bennett Lawson, Chief of Staff for 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, telling citizens why merging the former 19th and 23rd police districts in March 2012 would be good for public safety:
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.
Facts
  - As of last month, the total number of officers in our district has dropped from 468 before the merger to 340.

  - There are 27% fewer "sworn officers on the street."

  - The department eliminated 3 police beats in the merger, a 17% decrease in the number of "patrol cars."

Quote source: Center Square Journal
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35 comments:

  1. All on a Tuesday, temp of about 45, no cubs home game, boy it's gonna be a lonnnng summer.

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  2. Does anyone know Tunney's response to this? Does he admit our ward was screwed?

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    1. That asshole admits to nothing. He thinks everything is great here, and remember, he wanted the BYC on Wellington.

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  3. CWB, how do you know that the loss in manpower is directly related to the merging of districts?

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    1. The "reason" for stripping away our cops and breaking their promises to us is irrelevant. Of course, even if the merger is the reason, they will claim the reason to be something else. Like, say, the 2012 murder outbreak. Thing is, the cops who left our neighborhood didn't go to the murder districts. They transferred to good districts and were never replaced.

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    2. Do you have a sense for how crime in the 19th compares to other districts? Like # of violent crimes per 100,000 residents? # of property crimes per 100,000 residents?

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    3. You are essentially calling out Bennett for a specific quote he made about a specific issue. Now you are saying that the context of his quote is "irrelevant?" How is that fair?

      BTW, happy belated one year birthday!

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    4. Keep in mind, our work is not about the 19th district crime. Nor is it about Lake View crime. We are very specifically focused on the area of Wrigleyville and Boystown because violent crime - especially robberies and batteries - are increasing in our neighborhoods while decreasing across the city (if city statistics are to be believed).

      We have compared crime performance in all 50 Chicago wards. Ward 44 generally covers Wrigleyville and Boystown without too much extraneous territory.

      You can read about that at the link below. In sum, the 44th ward has the smallest decrease in overall crime of all 50 wards. It also has the greatest increase in robberies.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-other-lakeview-44th-ward-has.html

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    5. Anonymous said: "You are essentially calling out Bennett for a specific quote he made about a specific issue. Now you are saying that the context of his quote is "irrelevant?" How is that fair?

      BTW, happy belated one year birthday!"

      Thank you. We said the "reason" for our officers' disappearance is irrelevant. We were assured that we would continue to have as many officers and as many patrol cars after the merger as before. In the merger itself, 3 police beats were eliminated in spite of the city's assurances.

      That elimination of patrol cars was followed almost immediately by a decimation of the district's police force by purposely not replacing officers who transferred out or retired.

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    6. What else could it be?? It was all a lie, Belmont station is still open, beats were cut as well as cops. Now the criminals are taking advantage of this. Rahm doesn't care he is protected! We didn't have all these problems before the merge. Wake up & smell the B.S. What else do you need to happen before you figure it out sparky??

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  4. "If you like your Police, you can keep your Police. Period. End of story."

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  5. 70 degrees forecasted for Sunday. Easter. A time for the family fights to erupt. You ain't seen nothing yet. Those poor cops will be overrun.

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  6. Correction: the 19th and 23rd (not 20th) police districts merged.

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  7. I talked to an Officer about the merge, he said all the cops hate it and were against it. They knew it was gonna fail and by the way crime is increasing it's plain to see. I pay a lot of taxes and I should feel safe in my neighborhood but I don't. I love Wrigleyville and Boystown, this was the best part of The City. But thanks to these lying Politicians we are becoming just as bad as some of the other parts of the city.

    Btw, I love this blog!! You guys are great. Thank You for being our voice!!

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  8. CWB, can we organize a peaceful march to Rahms home? Normally I wouldn't go to someone's residence but these criminals are around my home, drinking, urinating and fighting every weekend. Obviously I live right next to Clark Street, it was never this bad before the great Merger of police districts. Thugs in my yard and when I call no one ever responds or it takes so long for the police to show up. Just an idea, I am so frustrated

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    1. There is an excellent idea out there to start several marches from the scenes of recent crimes, with all converging at 4228 N. Hermitage. Sounds like a good way to raise awareness.

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    2. CWB has over 700 followers on Facebook, and I'm sure even more people than that read this blog. The march could be a powerful visual call to action... I'd be in.

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    3. Check the stats of the beat cars which are scheduled to work the 1st watch (midnights) in the 19th dist The dispatcher call the first 2 or 3 cars.... the response from the desk is that they are down = no manpower. Now there is a transport (prisoners) to 19 west. The dispatcher has to find which beat car is a wagon assigned to provide service to a beat. They are assigned to the transport which means that they are not on patrol for that beat for at least 1 hour.

      Where is the manpower and EXTREA beats? Do they have to be at the Mayor's house? Do they have to down cars at the Mayors house? (no manpower)? I think not.

      When will we wake up and get the drift of things. How much longer will we put up with this?

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    4. Those with skills in organizing marches, please do so!!! I PROMISE TO BE THERE EVERY TIME with some notice to get the day(s) off work! We need to get loud and visual to make our neighbors aware and make our pathetic politicians feel as uncomfortable and insecure as we feel everyday.

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    5. I will march and bring some friends/neighbors with me. And lets not forget to call the media so this gets on TV.

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  9. Did it ever occur to you the reason why crime has increased in your area is possibly the more cops in other areas means less in yours?
    and the animals have figured it out.
    they are going to go where the cops are not.
    and smart ones read the papers and watch the news too.

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  10. Oh great, Rahm & cta want to take over 16 buildings to create a bypass for the redline. Imminent Domain, more like Imminent Lies from Rahm again. How can we stop this madman from completely destroying our neighborhood.

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  11. Here's a little fun fact...on Friday afternoon, the transfer order will come out. There are 11 openings in 019...BUT, there are at least 3 and as many as 6 that put it transfer requests. A real good number is that 5 will go. That's an educated guess. 3 for sure. The net gain could be as little as 5. Time will tell.

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    1. Seems like we will also have the 3 Lt/Sgt promotions that will offset incoming transfers as well as 1 moving to detectives. Please let us know how it goes.

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  12. Tunney, in his weekly pathetic little "newsletter" that went out Thursday, states that he is "concerned" about the CTA project and the takeover of 16 buildings. Puh-leeze, Ms.Thing. He's probably already gleefully signed off on it. "Concerned" my ass.

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  13. His excuse for supporting BYC was that the mayor wants it, even though the mayor never said anything Now he expects us to believe that he will fight the CTA expansion that the mayor spoke out in favor of already? How come the alderman didn't know about this already? Of course he did know, he's just lying like usual.

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  14. Clear fact, Belmont station is still open and they still use the lock up there despite having a brand new, never used lock up in the new station. What was the real motive for the Great Merger of 19 & 23?? Cut personnel and eliminate beats!! Don't let the lies continue!! Criminals know that it's easy pickings here now.

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  15. As I read these post I finally think that all if you have finally learned that Rahm believes hi is unbeatable and nothing will change unless he is defeated. Only then wok there be more cops. He has to go.

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  16. lake view residentApr 18, 2014, 3:59:00 PM

    does anyone have problem, at election time, just looking at this skidmark tunney and his master, the manling emamnuel, telling them we know they are full of shit and just flat out making the effort then to vote for the person running against them so they are then gone from our lives and communities? shit, I'll run for alderman if no one else does.

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    1. I cannot wait to vote against them. Also, I would run but I dont have any money or organization behind me.

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    2. I know of two strong solid Boystown residents who are seriously considering running for Alderman. It's not too early to start identifying and getting to know those who may run. Tunney MUST be defeated, if he runs again. He is useless to this ward.

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    3. It's really frustrating to keep hearing about potential solid candidates that may run against Tunney, and not have them step forward. They need to start getting signatures and building awareness and support. It is time to step forward! Please!

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