Monday, July 14, 2014

THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS: 16% Of Cops Assigned To Our Neighborhood Actually Work Elsewhere—And 5% Of Our District's Manpower Is Assigned To Rahm's House

There's a bar graph at the top of every page on CWB. It shows the dramatic and, frankly, dangerous decline in the number of police officers assigned to our district. As of mid-May, 118 fewer cops were officially assigned here than in October 2011.

But the bar graph does not tell the whole story.

According to police department documents obtained by CWB, 41% of the sergeants who are technically assigned to our district actually work somewhere else in the department. And 14% of the patrolmen assigned to our district work somewhere else, too.

These Chicago Police Department documents
show that nearly 16% of our district's
manpower is actually assigned to work
somewhere else.  CWB has redacted
officers' names and employee ID numbers.
The practice of assigning officers to a district and having them work elsewhere is known as "detailing."

In mid-April, 16% of our district's combined force of sergeants and officers was "detailed out" to other places in the department.

Where are our cops actually working? Just about everywhere.
• 10 cops and 2 sergeants do their day-to-day work in the Area 3 Deputy Chief's office.
• 1 cop and 2 sergeants work in the Area 1 Deputy Chief's office.
• 8 cops and 1 sergeant sit downtown and take police reports over the phone.
• 3 cops and 1 sergeant actually work in the Education and Training Division.
• Human resources, Field Services, and Evidence and Recovered Property units each take two of our cops.
Other "19th district" officers actually work in the 1st and 10th districts as well as News Affairs, CAPS Implementation, Special Event Liaison, Court Section, Traffic Court Section, South Side Violence Reduction, Gang Investigations, and the intriguingly-named Special Activities Section.

When it's all said and done, the 19th district did not have 351 sworn officers working here in mid-April. It had 297.

The "Berteau" Detail

Also of note is this: 24-hours a day, 7 days per week, at least two 19th district police units are assigned to park outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home at 4228 N. Hermitage.

That means that, while not "detailed out" of the district, a minimum of 12 officers and sergeants per day are tied up watching the mayor's real estate, whether he's home or not. Factoring in days off, that means at least 18 of the district's patrolmen and sergeants—a full 5% of its manpower—are dedicated to protecting the mayor's personal property.

CWB previously reported that 3% of the district's manpower is regularly dedicated to protecting the mayoral "compound." We were corrected.
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36 comments:

  1. Just a question. Are there any officers that work our district, but assigned elsewhere to help even out the numbers? Why do I expect the answer will be no.

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    1. Ooooh good question.

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  2. The 8 cops and 1 Sgt taking police reports are either "light duty" because of health or injury reasons or are being investigated after complaints were filed against them. Not sure where they list the officers assigned to protect Tiny Dancer's house 24/7.

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    1. Ah! Thank you for the reminder about the "Berteau" detail. We meant to include that. Will add now.

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    2. CIB, not sure if you or your readers heard about this, but here is an example of what the "Berteau" unit deals with. A classic: http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2012/08/rahms-tomatoes.html

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    3. The tomato story on Second City Cop is hilarious! A must read!! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. No problem...you guys have all heard about the killer tomatoes they are protecting him from, right? That was a fun evening.

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  4. You've been "blessed" by secondcitycop cop! Congrats. Except more sarcastic comments to begin appearing.

    New Links
    Seeing as how it took the major media outlets hours to come up with actual info on the recent happenings at the lakefront and the actual heavy-lifting and reporting was done by bloggers with a scanner, we've added the CrimeInWrigleyville + Boystown" blog and the UptownUpdate" blog to our local news links. They're doing at least as good a job as the mainstream media.

    Now if someone could just discover why the YouTube video disappeared so quickly. Luckily, bloggers saved the recordings and continue to post them where they can be discovered by those who wish to be informed and not fed a pile of crap from certain directions.

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    1. Sorry but CWB far surpasses local news outlets and mainstream media in reporting criminal offenses in the Lakeview/Boystown/Wrigleyville area, CWB is highly accurate, authoritative, and timely in not only reporting offenses but in analyzing developments and posting them in a manner that even aldermen may understand.
      The mainstream media local news outlets are beset with an embargo of unfavorable news most likely orchestrated by the Fifth Floor of City Hall.
      If any of our aldermen had an ounce of intelligence in these matters, they would link CWB to their aldermanic websites.
      Instead, we get goofs like Jimmy Cappleman who says that as a social worker, he's not qualified to offer guidance to the police department. If that's the case Cap, then you aren't qualified to be alderman.
      CWB Rocks!

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    2. Thank you, anonymous. We are very lucky to have neighbors like you who actually care about our neighborhood.

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  5. This all started with mare shortshanks,the media are a clear and present danger to us taxpayers! why did they not go after him when he was in office?

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  6. The Detail gets 4 officers per shift, and 1 sgt assigned to his house, Not per day that's per shift

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  7. Here's a question, why are there cops assigned to the Area 1 Deputy chiefs office? I understand Area 3, that actually is where the 19th district is... But Area 1 is far away and has its own districts that they can pull bodies from

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  8. What's rent like on the mayor's block? Is it reasonable? Sounds like a nice place to live.

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    1. Guess you missed when there was a robbery on the street and the officers couldn't leave their car to help lest get fired.

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    2. Fired? I highly doubt that, thrown off a Cush spot if sitting in a car all day is more like it.

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    3. I did miss that story. Wow. Never mind!

      (P.S. got a URL for that story?)

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  9. Well done on the statistical analysis, we're lucky to have a neighborhood advocate like CWB. I'd like some city official to address this data. Is there access to other districts allocations as well? It's certainly zero sum in Chicago and I'd like to see district level winners and losers.

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  10. The mayor's budget should pay for the CPD covering his house. Not subtracted from 19th district.

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  11. Don't forget former Mayor Daley's detail and Alderman Burke.

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    1. no 019 Officers are assigned to either of those idiots.

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  12. You also forget that 2 desk crews are maintained, One on Addison and one at Belmont and Western.

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  13. Thanks Rahm, that whole merging 19/23 is working out great!

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  14. While the entire CPD is short-staffed, the 019th police district carries a dis-proportionally higher rate of diminished staffing. Not sure I said that very clearly. But for instance, the 019th district is 27% below strength while the entire department is approximately 11% under strength.

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    1. Are there any departments in worse shape than 019?

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    2. Districts, not departments. And it's squads not cruisers. We also don't have precincts, we have districts. No chief of police or police commissioner, it's Superintent. 012 is way down after the merger, too. POs transferred to 016 and 017 when drive was extended. But residents aren't complaining there. They've gotten more involved in CAPS and neighborhood organizations and work closely with beat officers. I know because while I work in 019, I live there. You might want to check out what they are doing.

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    3. You must be blissfully ignorant office, because the merge in 012/013 has been a collossal failure there as well, just hasn't had enough time to fester to the point it has done here... But keep believing the lies told you!

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    4. I'm neither blissful or ignorant, but am trying to be constructive. Residents of the former 013, mainly sector 10 and the northern most beat in the 20 sector have made it a point to be active on social media and alert each other where problems are cropping up. The CAPS facilitators have gotten to know their beat cops and work directly with them and tact officers providing video from home security cameras, license plates, etc. The point is, they are being proactive, calling in suspicious persons, setting up phone trees so others can call and basically letting the bad guys know they are being watched. Ask any bad guy what they avoid and the answer is nosy neighbors. Is it a perfect world, no. But it's given lots of residents a sense of empowerment that they can make a positive difference, because they are.

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  15. There is an officer who teaches a DU I class at the Academy and has never written a DU I herself. She has never worked the streets In 019 but counts as a officer assigned to 019. Total BS. Time to put her back in a beat car along with many other officers that are "Detailed" out of 019.

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    1. Maybe they can put her on a DUI enforcement car!

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    2. Everybody in the 19th district knows about this one. If you came on this job to be a police officer, that's what you should be. Not teaching a DU I class at the Academy maybe twice a week. It's ridiculous.

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  16. there are 3 at rahms, during the day, 5 all night.

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  17. Really excellent analysis CBW. Many thanks.
    May I suggest a follow up, perhaps with the theme of "Key Talking Points"?
    Incorporate posters info / comments.
    So, for example:
    X% of 019 officers detailed outside the district.
    019 disproportionately underserved relative to city as a whole.
    (CPD 'understaffed' 11% vs 27% in 019, per poster comment).
    Actually, that number is 31% if Rahm's detail is included in the 019 total.
    Etc etc etc
    Again, thanks for the great job.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion, Anonymous. We are expecting more information in the coming weeks that will help as we work on a story similar to what you suggest.

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  18. Great. Thank you very much.
    This will help tremendously at meetings with alderman.
    Even social workers can understand well-prepared statistics.

    FYI I did a summary of the pathetic sprinkler retrofit proposal from last winter.
    Proved that the hacks sponsoring that mess were lying about the costs.
    Showed that (surprise!) it was going to hit middle and lower income condo owners hardest.
    Those 'talking points' helped defeat that POS.
    With your help, maybe we can get some action in 019 before it's too late.

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  19. SUMMARY OF THE LOSS OF POLICE IN THE 19th DISTRICT:

    The following numbers are the correct numbers:

    On October 14, 2011, the date the merger of the 19th and 23rd Police Districts was announced, the 19th had 253 sworn officers, all ranks, and the 23rd had 215.

    253 + 215 = 468.

    On March 16, 2014, the merged 19th [old 19th + old 23rd] had 340 sworn officers, all ranks.

    468-340 = 128. From October 2011 to March 2014, the 19th lost 128 officers = -27.4%.

    On May 16, 2011, the date Rahm Emanuel was inaugurated as mayor, the Chicago Police Department had 12,733 sworn officers, all ranks.

    On March 16, 2014, the Chicago Police Department had 12,094 sworn officers, all ranks.

    12,733-12,094 = a loss of 639 sworn officers = -5.0%.

    Summary:

    Whereas the Chicago Police Department lost 5.0% of its number of sworn police officers May 2011 to March 2014; the 19th District [equivalent] lost 27.4% October 2011 to March 2014.

    Source: Chicago Police Department, obtained through Freedom of Information Request

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