Sunday, May 25, 2014

SPONGE: Wrigleyville Sucks Up Police Resources, Leaving Neighborhoods Unprotected

Where were YOUR cops last night? Wrigleyville, probably.
Patrol cars normally assigned to areas shaded blue were pulled
out of the neighborhoods to handle a 2-block stretch
of Clark Street, colored yellow on the map. The car assigned to the
pink section was "held down" on Boystown's Halsted strip.
The red section's patrol car did not operate at all. 
If you're the guy who hitched a ride with two women, only to wind up getting robbed and tossed out of their car, we apologize for the 12 minutes it took for the police department to find an officer to handle your call this morning.

Ditto to you, Hydrate Bar. Your 911 call for assistance with a battery offender was very professional. Unfortunately, there just weren't any officers available to send your way. Well, the police were there in spirt.

Oh! And if you're the guy who reported having his phone taken while a knife was held to his throat on Halsted Street around 4:55 this morning, well, sorry 'bout that.

That's what happens when our district enters Radio Assignments Pending status.  Calls for help stack up, just waiting for an officer to become available to handle one. This morning's RAP dragged on for 4 hours and 45 minutes.

While our esteemed Alderman Tom Tunney touts the district's "Entertainment Detail" as the force that keeps Wrigleyville and Boystown under control, the truth is that the "detail" is actually about 6 police officers. Wrigleyville and Boystown is controlled by sucking in patrol cars that should be patrolling neighborhoods and handling residents' calls for help.

CWB will have more on the weekend's stupidity later this evening.
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22 comments:

  1. Things were really out of control at around 1 AM on Halsted last night. I was a bit frightened walking home from work.

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    1. Please let us know what you witnessed. Glad you got home OK.

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  2. Excellent CWB reporting and presentation, as always!

    For neighbors living in the 19th Police District, Fullerton [2400N] north to Lawrence [4800N] and Lake Michigan west to the Chicago River, you are a tremendous community resource!

    Thank you CWB!

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous. We worked this winter to find a way to illustrate the widespread the loss of officers in neighborhoods to the Wrigleyville sponge. Hopefully, this helps paint the picture.

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    2. Tunney came out of the closet and made some weird comments last week regarding the Cubs threat to carry out their renovation plans. Never a community warning for the residents and visitors to take action and protect their home and family from the crime wave in 19. We do not care about the Cubs vs. roof top owners you political loser.

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  3. Just what I have suspected. Grossly inadequate staff planning. The number one job of leadership is to allocate resources based on demand which the leadership in the department is clearly incapable. With 240 officers at any given time, assuming equal distribution, there should be 80 officers on duty. Appropriate allocation would not be equal distribution but be slipped based on demand. Their allocation of resources is exactly backwards from demand. We don't need more resources, we need more appropriate allocation of the resources.

    Second, the Commander has the authority to label a business a "problem business" which gives the officers additional authorities to address problems coming from those business. Has the commander labeled any of these businesses as "problem businesses"? Does he even realize he has that authority and the benefits it will give to his officers to address the problems?

    The whole leadership needs to be fired and replaced with people who can actually do the job. The police leadership in this city is anything but Chicago finest. As a tax payer I am sick sick sick and I am tired tired tired. I am sick and tired of the incompetence of the people collect pay checks on the tax payers dime.

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    1. "With 240 officers at any given time, assuming equal distribution, there should be 80 officers on duty. " so, first of all there is that saying about assume...but have you never gone to to chicagopolice.org and filed a community complaint? Try it. CPD must show they assigned officers.

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    2. You really have no clue do you? Let's take your scenario and blow it apart for all to see. 240 officers? Ok. Three watches. Assuming equal allocation 80 per watch. Wait second watch works alone so let's send half of those officers back to midnights! 40,80,120. Sounds great until you factor in that cops have days off and on any given day 1/3 of the officers are off, so working then would be 27, 53, 80. But wait the commander needs a staff, neighborhood relations, CAPS, secretary, elder relations, etc etc. let's conservatively pull 9 bodys from the pool equally: 24, 50, 77. Also don't forget the desks of BOTH the old and new 019's must be staffed on each watch so let's say 5 per watch to staff two buildings 19, 45, 72. Wait days now has dangerously low number of people, under 20... Let's pull bodies from other watches say 3 and 7. 29, 42, 65. So there are 15 beats, days works alone other watches partners so remove 15 from the rotation on days and 30 from the others: 14, 12, 35. Well now we have pools of officers left over but we need to staff the wagons, 4 per watch: 10,8,31. Now let's staff the Wrigley field detail of 6 officers (not the entertainment detail) there just isn't enough left in the pool to pull from afternoons or days, we still have yet to staff rapid response cars or foot posts, let's pull 6 from midnights: 10,8,25. Now let's staff the entertainment team: 10,8,19. Oh wait we need body's for the tactical teams too they come from that 240. That's 30 body's at MINIMUM 0,0,7 left over plus where do we get the rapid response and foot patrol from? What happens if a couple of officers get injured and need time off to heal? What about if someone wants use a bit of time off that is due them? What about officers that are on vacation time?

      Poor allocation of resources? No, plain and simple not enough manpower. I blew your textbook management theories out of the water using MINIMUM numbers, read into that unsafe numbers. The district for its size and activity needs at minimum another 60-80 bodys to effectively protect the neighborhood

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    3. Actually your reductions are way off. First, the 80 per shift assumed a 40 hour work week for each officer. Second, your reduction of 1/3 per shift assumes each officer has 120 days of vacation each year (I'm sure they would love it if that were true). A reduction of 1/12 is more accurate for vacation and sick days. Then you assume 9 full time people for community relations (they aren't doing a very good job are they?) 10 for staffing the stations is probably about accurate but that still leaves you with 60-70 officers per shift on average to be deployed in the community.

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    4. 120 days off per year is probably a bit low. Weekends on a normal M-F schedule would be 104 days off add in vacation and there ya go. I believe most beat cops work four 10-hour days, then have 2 days off, then repeat. Could be wrong about that.

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    5. Actually my reductions are accurate. Each officer is in a day off group. There are six day off groups so on any given day two of those groups is off. I.E. Monday 1 & 2 are off Tuesday 2 & 3 are off Wednesday 3 & 4 are off, etc. six groups with two off per day means a reduction of what? Yes 1/3. Further in my calculations I didn't account for Rahm's protective detail, 4-5 a shift. Also take out the few officers who get "detailed out" like summer bike unit, training, detective division... All that I purposely left out because any sane person can see that 240 is way too short staffed, why can't you? Or is your name Rahm?

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    6. Also, yes the commander has a secretary, there are CAPS officers, there are elder abuse outreach officers, you also keep referring to regular days off as vacation time... Regular jobs have sat & sun off, those are not "vacation" days they are days off. In addition to days off, officers also get actual vacation time, that is separate from days off, just like any other job. Face it, your numbers don't jibe Rahmmie

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  4. The entertainment detail is now 11 officers who are very pissed the way they have been moved around by bosses. Good luck. 019 dod not follow advice from 018 dist entertaiment who have been doing that for years and have it down to a science. 019 district is a sinking ship. Officers and citizens should all be safe snd careful. Help each other

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    1. Got it. With scheduled days off, vacation, etc the deployment is 6 to 8 when the detail is operating.

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    2. I've lived in 019 a long long time and I have YET to see visible evidence of this "entertainment detail."

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    3. I've seen them out every weekend, albeit they are kinda hard to find at closing when 10,000 people swarm the streets... At that point it's hard to find 6 specific people

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    4. 6 against 10,000. Hmmm, not too inspiring on the odds of getting anything productive or successful done. I can imagine morale must be total shit in 019. I feel for those beat patrol officers.

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    5. THIS IS SPARTA!

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    6. I make a point NOT to be out in the wee hours of the morning. Grant it, I'm a bit older than the average Wrigleyville/Boystown crowd. But it is a damn shame. When I was a young party animal....we could go out to all hours of the morning, have a great time, and get home in one piece with no fear of being robbed (or worse) from all the misfits that now roam our streets.

      And the scary part is that the crime & mayhem seems to not only be occurring in the wee hours of the morning....but during broad daylight as well.

      A lot of us on this website have been saying "eventually, someone is gonna be killed." Well, that happened with Jacob K's murder. And it seems the media has swept that "death investigation" under the rug....I NEVER heard anything about that on the news...just on this website. And what are they doing to find his killers? Crickets.....

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  5. Just so everyone is clear here, the 18th District has nearly twice the number of police in their district and a detail of 45 officers handling their entertainment areas. This provides more that a dozen officers at any one time, taking in days, off, vacation, etc. Also, let's remember that Sat night there was a gang murder in Uptown that required a lot of police service. There are only 2 people who should be blamed for this: the mayor and the superintendent. They were responsible for the merge of the 2 districts and the depletion of the police manpower. That is still, and will be, the main catalyst behind this problem until it is rectified. You cannot blame the police officer who is working the streets every day. He/she is doing their job the best they can.

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  6. But the merger of 019/023 into Super District 19 won't result in the loss of any police personnel!!!!
    Huh?
    And let me guess: No wagons, and the tact teams have been slashed, but the few available have been assigned to Uptown -- and duck out early.
    Helluva way to run a city.

    In other news, the City Council's Progressive Caucus of aldermen (Waguespack, Pawar, Munoz, Fioretti, Arena, Foulkes, Sawyer, Hairston, and sometimes Sposato) will again be introducing their ordinance to have more police hired on Wednesday. Rahm killed a similar action last year.

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  7. There are 10 people on this entertainment detail. But never are there more than 6 at once because of days off. 6 officers to cover halsted from Addison to Belmont and clark street from Newport to Addison. The other night there were only 5 out there with a sgt and two went in with a arrest and that left 3 on the street. to cover both streets on foot. This Saturday was out of control. LIke the 18th district there needs to be at least 20 officers on clark and halsted so when they go in on arrests it doesn't leave the street unstaffed. Also Belmont and Sheffield needs a detail after midnight it is getting out of control. We need plain clothes officers out there every weekend blending in the crowd making mass arrests. Many people in the crowd are up to no good.

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