Sunday, August 24, 2014

PRO TIP: Manipulating Manpower Numbers

Are you responsible for forces in a Chicago Police Department district?

Has your district lost 25% of its manpower in two years? Do you want aldermen to believe that patrol cars are being assigned to their neighborhoods even when you don't have enough officers to do it?

Do you want to beef up the percentages you can give when an alderman asks your superintendent
Broken down by watches, how many times … has the 19th District been unable to man all of its beat cars and rapid response cars because it did not have enough officers on duty?
One of the questions submitted in writing to police
Superintendent Garry McCarthy by Alderman Tom Tunney
last year. McCarthy never replied.
Well, the professionals in the 19th district have an idea for you!

Figure out which of your police beats will not be staffed due to a lack of manpower. Assign two of those beat numbers to the district's paddy wagons.

Here's an example: Late Saturday night, our district's paddy wagons—which by department standard should be assigned numbers 1971 and 1972—were assigned the numbers 1934 and 1935. Those are the numbers that should be assigned to normal patrol cars in southeast Lakeview and northeast Lincoln Park.

In reality, the "wagons" probably never touched an inch of asphalt in those areas because their primary duties—shuffling prisoners and being a mobile jail at, say, violent free-for-alls—usually ties up all of their time.

But, on paper, 1934 and 1935 were "manned" Saturday night. Even though they weren't. It's a slick trick that the pros in our neighborhood have been using for almost a year.
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14 comments:

  1. This is outrageous! If it's happening in one district then it's happening in all the districts and must stop. We need more police - plain and simple. I will vote for anybody but the bunch of liars and crooks currently in office. They must go. Everyone needs to make sure they vote in the upcoming mayoral election.

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    1. Absolutely. Any alderman who voted for the current budget essentially voted for less police. I pray we get STRONG candidates for mayor & for city counsel who will be tough on crime. Enough is enough.

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  2. It would be nice to see them put as much effort into fighting crime as they do covering up their shortcomings.

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  3. Have you confirmed the Supt never answered Tunney? If that is an example of the kind of questions Tunney asked, which indicate an inside baseball knowledge of how CPD operates, I can guarantee you Tiny Dancer did not allow McMouthpiece to answer in writing. Verbally spew BS, maybe.

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    1. Follow the link highlighted at "asks."

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    2. Educated guess...the questions were answered in a meeting so a FOIA couldn't be used to discover the truth.

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  4. Does the idea of using a slow, lumbering, top heavy big box van to patrol and pursue offenders sound Looney?

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    1. The 1st watch in 019 is actually almost overstaffed! If there are problems with manpower on that watch maybe they need to not give so many officers the day off. I support the Police and believe they need time away from this crap but if u have enough officers yet still cone up short there is a large management problem

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    2. Looney is the key word here.

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    3. Back in the day, the guys who manned the wagons were affectionately called "wagon monsters." Guys you did not want to mess with.

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    4. You are correct. 1st watch is fully staffed and there is no reason both wagons should be hiding as beat cars. That means more than a dozen officers are given the night off on the weekend which is an outrage. This is something the commander's office should correct but apparently they don't care.

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  5. "It's a slick trick that the pros in our neighborhood have been using for almost a year." Oh no, it's been WAY longer than a year that this has been done!!

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  6. Isn't it the McCarthy and Rahm policy to not respond to anything unless you have contributed thousands to Rahm or his ass kissing Aldermen?

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