Wednesday, June 04, 2014

AMUSE-BOUCHE: Area Sees Slight Increase In Cops

The police department's 19th district, which includes Wrigleyville and Boystown, has seen its first manpower increase in years, the department says.

The department's response to a CWB reader's Freedom Of Information Act request reveals that the district experienced a net increase of 11 officers—to 351 cops of all ranks—in April.

As of May 15th, the headcount sat at 350 cops. The district continues to operate with 25% fewer officers than it had in early 2012.

The reader's FOIA request also sought department-wide manpower numbers. According to the department, there were a total of 12,029 officers of all ranks in the Chicago Police Department as of May 15, a decline of 137 officers since February.
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11 comments:

  1. What is the significance of the 4th period and 5th period numbers?

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    1. Hi anonymous - Great question. 4th period head count represents staffing as of April 15. 5th period represents staffing as of May 15.

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    2. You will never have the coverage that was there before the Merge. Belmont station is still open, all the prisoners are taken there. The merger was all B.S., so they could take resources away from this area. Was it this bad just 2 years ago? They cook the books and lie to your face. Crime is not down!!

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  2. The number of Police Officers, the Officers that actually work the field in Squad cars is a net loss!
    The ranks above Police Officers almost NEVER make arrests, they are Supervisors only!
    The ranks above Police Officers are paper pushers and nothing more, the don't write tickets, make arrests or create police reports, its always the Police Officers, in blue shirts, that do the majority of the work in the streets and patrol your neighborhoods via various methods such as foot, bike, traditional police cars!
    The period number is basically similar to a calender month, with the exception that a period is always 28 days long! Thus 4th represents most of April, and the 5th represents most of May with little overlaps at the ends of the months.
    From a guy on the inside!

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    1. Tell the truth tough guy. 25% of the blue shirts in 19 make 90% of the arrests. The rest just try to hide. Maybe that's why there is such a problem.

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  3. Atta boy to all of you "blue shirts", the real police

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  4. I don't understand. Can you explain? We have 12,000 cops but only 315 on the streets? What am I missing?

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  5. Don't forget that 019 has to staff 2 different stations, 850 W. Addison and Belmont/Western. No other District has to do that.Minus 3 officer per watch for that extra station. Plus this is the only district that has to protect the Mayor's house. 4 officers per watch and 1 Sergeant for the mayor. 7 officers per watch, 3 watches, 21 officers. Minus that from the total of 351 (330), and the 019th District is very, very low on manpower. Also most districts don't have a holding facility, 4 more officers per watch, times 3 watches=12. 282 officers to work the street.

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    1. Thank you for that breakdown. When we last reviewed department records, about 50 of those 282 officers were detailed out to other places in the department. So, we can back that out, too. Pitiful.

      When it comes down to it, about 5% of the district's actual manpower is committed to sitting outside of the mayor's house.

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  6. Sorry, I know this is probably the wrong place to post this but could not find another way to send a messge. Thought you would be interested in commets at SCC (https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=13350456&postID=9131303037466199767) about shorts and RAPS with the 19th specifically mentioned.

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  7. The other issue on this manpower thing is that THEY COMBINED TWO DISTRICTS so now they are saying manpower is 400+. The truth about that is 19 had 300+ officers and 23 had 300+ officers (=600+). So combine the districts, call it "One District" and show how much manpower "has gone up"....

    Remember, the Mayor who ran on "Putting 1000 more Police on the street". It's weird...would any one of you voted for him if he ran on "I am going to fire 1500 Police Officers"? After saying he was putting 1000 Police on the street, he stripped 1500 from his budget. Chicago will never have the manpower needed.

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