Monday, April 21, 2014

NO MORE COPS: "Man With A Gun" Call Waits 8+ Minutes For Officers To Become Available

Our grossly understaffed 19th district ran out of cops Saturday afternoon, entering its 11th known "RAP" of the year. "RAP" stands for "Radio Assignments Pending." It's a term used when police dispatchers are waiting for a unit—any unit—to become available to handle pending calls for help.

The complete lack of available officers in our district on Saturday left an Uptown "man with a gun" call sitting, unassigned for more than eight minutes:

3:29PM, Saturday, April 19
Dispatcher: All right. For the units in 19 no [broadcast to citywide police units] available. Getting a person with a gun at Sheridan and Wilson. Inside the McDonald's. Says a male just threatened to shoot the complainant. Offender is currently walking in front of the McDonald's. Male, black, blue jacket. Gun is inside his pants. And the complainant inside McDonald's waiting for the police…. 
[4 minutes, 35 seconds of unrelated radio activity. Declaration of RAP.]
Dispatcher: Still pending in the 19th district…We got person with a gun at Sheridan and Wilson…Inside McDonald's. Got a male, black, blue jacket. Says the gun's inside his pants. Uh…he's in front of McDonald's now…we're in a backlog in the 19th district.
[3 minutes, 30 seconds of unrelated radio activity]
Finally, more than 8 minutes after the incident was first announced, a sergeant and a patrol unit wrapped up another assignment and headed to McDonald's. They were unable to find the alleged man with a gun.

The 19th district has lost 27% of its manpower since October 2011, according to Chicago Police Department records secured through a Freedom of Information Act request.
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22 comments:

  1. how embarrassing....ugh

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  2. Doesn't surprise me. With 44 shootings over the weekend on the south side, I think we know where our manpower is going to.

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  3. Is that McDonalds on the "safe passage" school route?

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  4. Image if a couple of McDonald's employees got shot up. I bet then Rahm would hire more police then.

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    1. No, he wouldn't!! Why kid yourself??

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  5. Time for more red light cameras Rahm. We know how you love those.

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  6. tunney? hello? are you there? you have been around since 2004 and did nothing as our pension mess got worse...higher property taxes and fewer cops....why would anyone vote for him ever again???

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    1. Don't worry.. nobody around Sheridan/Wilson will vote for Tom Tunney because it's the 46th ward

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    2. You seem to forget that both wards, as well as parts of others, are served by the same police district. The failure to address the decimation of this district's force may be equally assigned to Tunney, Pawar, and Cappelman. The fourth alderman actually has a set and speaks out on the issue with some regularity.

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    3. Oh I'm aware of that.. I just never hear anyone point fingers to any of the other alderman..

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    4. Maybe because virtually all of btown and wrigleyville is tunney's ward.

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  7. ...and this is why our problems will be put on the back burner. This is national news.:

    http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-became-chiraq-094500160--politics.html

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    1. Oh, I heard about the 41 shootings here this past weekend from somebody in Boston.

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  8. Wow these dogs just stay down on music disturbances and not just go be the police and go to a man with a gun call. That is how it is on 3rd watch nowadays

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  9. I know you are all upset over these RAP's and lack of manpower in the district, I just wonder can you please post the RAP's and how this area compares to other districts? The whole city is failing, what used to be a great proud city is rapidly becoming a cesspool. I hope all you stay safe, I hope no violence ever occurs to any of you. Please please get educated on every single politician at election times and vote for the one that MAY actually help you.

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    1. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications does not release RAP information.

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    2. How ever, a scanner does release real time rap's.

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  10. That's because they all sit at the lake!!! I don't how many times I've gone to the lake and there are more than 3 cop cars sitting doing nothing!!!!!!! I've caught some sleeping or just texting.

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    1. And what have you done to rectify this situation? Did you call for a supervisor? Did you record it? Or did you ignore it? The only way things get fixed is if someone actually fixes them...

      There is no excuse for sleeping on duty, it's shameful. As to your texting complaint... Well they do get breaks and it would be the right thing to do to pull over to text.

      Next time call for a supervisor and wait for them to get there, get the number of the car. If the officers were legitimate they have nothing to worry about, if they were slacking off corrective action needs to take place.

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    2. Just keep in mind that many cops take their lunch break at the lakefront. It's their 1/2 hr to relax.

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  11. From listening to the scanner citywide band. RAP appear to me to be worse here in our district. They literal took all the Police and move them to more violent or high profile areas.

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