Sunday, August 10, 2014

WE GOT THE BEAT(INGS): Reliance On Private Security Slows Halsted Police Responses

A decision to rely on private security to handle matters along Halsted Street after the first night of Market Days led to confusion among 19th district police and emergency dispatchers.

While we can report on issues addressed by the police department, private security does not file police reports nor do they utilize police communications, so it is not possible to know how many incidents were handled by Halsted Street security teams.

Here is the police tick-tock through early Sunday evening:

Saturday
5:05PM - An elderly 911 caller wants the Market Days sound lowered because "the music is going all through her body."

7:56PM - A Market Days vendor holds a man for stealing "items" from his booth in the 3400 block of Halsted. The parties work things out. Responding officer takes a quick break in the station because "I need to wash my hands" after that.

8:29PM - One arrest outside of Moe's Cantina in Wrigleyville.

8:58PM - A bouncer at Sluggers is allegedly punched. Three arrested for battery at Clark and Eddy.

10:03PM - Detox run for man found behind the Market Days north stage.

11:09PM - Pedestrian runs into traffic, gets run over. Clark and Addison.

11:14PM - Another arrest for battery at Clark and Eddy. Case HX381208

11:30PM - Supervisor tells dispatchers that private security will handle Halsted Street tonight. If they need police, they'll let us know.

11:33PM - Man claims he was robbed at gunpoint near Belmont and Sheffield.

11:41PM - Two calls of a man being beaten up and robbed of his phone and wallet at Halsted and Aldine. Three known offenders are running toward Belmont.

11:46PM - Still waiting for a unit to take the Halsted robbery call.

11:48PM - Still waiting for a unit to take the Halsted robbery call. The call is "about to go over the [maximum] time" allowed to dispatch priority assignments.

11:49PM - Discussion about where the police department's Halsted units are. Answer: We don't have any. Private security is doing that. A police unit is eventually sent to the robbery call.

11:54PM - 911 call center has "a lot of Halsted [pending assignments] piling up." The district will assign one unit to Halsted and Roscoe. It is not clear how many calls built up or exactly how they were dispensed with.

Sunday
12:03AM - Man bleeding from the head and nose outside of Deuces and the Diamond Club, 3505 N. Clark. Ambulance is canceled after victim refuses all police and fire department services.

12:15AM - Hey, remember that sole unit that has been assigned to Halsted Street? They're going into the station with an arrestee.

12:39AM - Five people "getting ready to fight" inside the Subway restaurant, 1020 Belmont. Officers give one of the parties a ride to a Lincoln Park residence.

12:59AM - That guy who claimed he got robbed at Belmont and Sheffield around 11:30PM wants police to come to his nearby home. The officers didn't give him a report the first time.

2:23AM - Large fight reported inside Fiesta Cantina, 3407 N Clark. At least one caller says bottles are involved. Officers give one participant a ride to a Lincoln Park residence.

2:46AM - Officers are waved down by a woman who just had her phone snatched at Halsted and Roscoe. They search the area with the victim, but cannot find the offender, who was last seen running through a gang way into the 800 block of Buckingham. The woman says she will file a report later.

2:53AM - Multiple callers report that "five men punched a woman in the eyes and took her phone" at Belmont and Halsted.

2:59AM - Off-duty officer working Halsted security calls 911 from Halsted and Belmont to report a "large group getting out of hand."

4:27AM - "25 teens" fighting in the middle of Halsted south of Belmont.

4:32AM - A sergeant on patrol asks for more cars at Clark and Belmont to handle a large fighting group that keeps moving back and forth between Clark and Halsted.

Burglary Beat

Friday, 1:40PM: 3400 block of Racine. Unlawful entry. HX379174
Saturday, 4:54PM: 1300 block of Cornelia. Unlawful entry. HX380791.

Lighter Side

Tuesday, 7PM - In the 3200 block of Broadway, a woman in an electric wheelchair just ran over a pedestrian. He's down and bleeding from the head. Witnesses are trying to detain the scooter driver who "is trying to drive away." Victim is taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.
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35 comments:

  1. Private security, that explains why I didn't see a single police officer at Market Days today. You'd think the union would be in an uproar.

    If the use of private security keeps the crimes from being included in the crime stats, you can bet your last dollar that prince rahm will be using them a lot more in high crime areas. In the meantime he finds hundred of millions of dollars for park and transit projects.

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    1. Well, there are two things you can do: 1) run to the police station right down the block or 2) if bleeding go to Advocate Illinois as running would be the quickest way.

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  2. "private security does not file police reports nor do they utilize police communications, so it is not possible to know how many incidents were handled by Halsted Street security teams."

    You just stated why they exist - suppress reports and crime stats to suck up to Rahm.

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  3. Well this really blows, doesn't it. Imagine the use of "private security" on the Sunday night following the "Pride" parade. I was wondering why I saw not one single police officer thus far during the "Market Days" event along Halsted Street. The listing above of crimes committed overnight suggests that the "private security" is not effective. This neighborhood has officially gone to hell. And Tunney, et al, can go right along with the neighborhood.

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    1. I was at Market Days Saturday evening for about an hour and saw two uniformed police officers on patrol (separately). Just sayin'.

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    2. I saw some police officers as well. It's kind of obvious that people who complain on here weren't at the event.

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  4. The electric wheelchair thing isn't funny. I saw a CTA driver both correct and cuss one out in the 147, and rightfully so.

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  5. If Karen Lewis was in charge of the police union you can be guaranteed she'd be kicking ass. Here's a perfect opportunity for the CPD to kick Rahm in his little nuts. He's not only taking jobs away from police officers but doing it to screw the taxpayers to simply keep him looking good when crime is non-existent in the city due to no police reports being filed.

    It's also yet another great opportunity for any media person with some balls to start reporting on the continued cover-ups. Rather than reporting why the poor misunderstood police chief can't understand why the message of the lowest crime since the 1960s isn't getting out, here's a change to do some true investigative reporting. The old Sun-Times would have loved a story like this.

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  6. Who made this decision to use "private security" rather than our dedicated and hard-working police officers?

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    1. What a wonderful simply put question that someone in the press should ask the mayor or police chief tomorrow. I'd include Prince Tunney but don't want to make everyone laugh too hard.

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  7. If private security is good enough for the citizens, why don't we use it for Rahm, King Daley and his young girlfriend, and that old alderman that's had a police bubble for decades. Rahm should be in favor of it, because we could use the savings for education for the children just like the red light cameras and speed cameras.

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  8. It's North Hasted Street Merchants Association you guys should be addressing your private security questions to. Not the Mayor.

    People like Jim Ludwig, Jill Siegel, Tim Klump, Cindy Rudman, Randy Shingledecker and Mark Liberson.

    Here's a Report on a March 2014 meeting about private secuirty and other matters.
    http://www.northalsted.com/filebin/SSA_18_Minutes_March_2014.pdf

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    1. Thank you, but we'll address the "private security" questions to whomever we see fit. Bottom line, we pay taxes for POLICE protection, meaning CPD, not some private security company that has the dollar as their propelling force. I was on Halsted from Addison to Belmont almost continuously from 7am Saturday to just now, 2am Monday, and I have YET to see one single CPD police officer. I also saw no evidence of this alleged "private security" outfit.

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    2. Here's a question that should go to the mayor. The guy who runs the security outfit on Halsted is a CAPS cop from the 19th District. Isn't that an ethics violation? Hey commander what do you say? I wonder if we should just start following the money....

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    3. I saw a bunch of officers on Michigan Avenue this weekend just standing around and talking. Nice to know they are patrolling such a violent, high crime area.

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  9. 7. Northalsted SECURITY
    Jill Siegel reported that there have been several discussions with the Police Department to explore the possibility of using off-duty police officers in some capacity to provide nighttime security. It doesn’t appear that those discussions will yield any results in time for the coming season, so she recommended that the SSA issue an RFP similar to what was used last year to identify potential security contractors. She proposed doing so immediately and forwarding proposals and a recommendation to the Commissioners by email to consider. She asked for any volunteers to help review proposals and select a provider. Commissioners agreed that the NBA could make the selection of a security contractor without additional involvement of the Commission.

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  10. Dec 2013 SSA #18 meeting on who the private security may have been this weekend. SSA#18 spends $67,700 in taxpayer money for extra security.

    "Jill Siegel reported on outcomes of security efforts provided by LA Thomas; they provided security on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. from May through September. Generally, they had six officers per evening on the street. They report 15 arrests during their service period and a decline in 911 calls from the area. The most common issues addressed were related to disorderly conduct, fights, public intoxication, marijuana/drinking in public. LA Thomas observed an increase in large crowds and criminal activity by minors and young adults. Given patron patterns on the street, LA Thomas found that they had to assist with crowd control and traffic enforcement to avoid serious traffic incidents.
    Jill Siegel also reported that a survey distributed about security services indicated respondents were fairly neutral about the service provided and the impact it had on the street. A majority of respondents did indicate that perceptions of security had gotten worse over the last year; but respondents were split about whether actual security problems had gotten better or worse during the same time period. The most common security problems respondents have observed include: drug dealing, prostitution, public urination, and drug use.
    Jill Siegel reported that LA Thomas has recommended changes for the 2014 season that would exceed the SSA budget and that the Northalsted Business Alliance is considering a number of efforts beyond employing officers that could impact security and perceptions of it on the street. She inquired if any Commissioners had an interest in participating in a joint SSA-Chamber committee focused on looking very broadly at interventions that could improve security.
    Discussion followed about whether the youth services at the Center on Halsted were going to located and opportunities for coordination with other community groups to focus on safety and security issues. Chairman Ludwig suggested that SSA members could attend CAPS or Crime Advisory Committee meetings. Commissioners suggested that the Northalsted Business Alliance may want to send a delegate to those meetings."

    http://www.northalsted.com/filebin/SSA_18_Minutes_December_2013ver2.pdf

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  11. Brilliant bosses in the 19 police station. Fools!

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  12. The businesses on Halsted are laughing all the way to bank this morning.

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    1. Mine isn't. My net for the weekend was negative $1250.

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  13. Why are the police driving people home? If those people were involved in fights and such shouldn't they be arrested? Maybe there would be more police on patrol if they weren't acting as taxis.

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    1. Because the officers want to kill some time and stay down on the job by driving people all over the city. How about get them a cab? Why do theses bosses say yes you can drive them ????

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    2. Yes what is this about? put them in a cab, we are not a car service.
      The bosses allow this for some reason.

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  14. Pretty soon we'll be seeing private "police cars" with pink mustaches on the fills just like the private taxis roaming around the city.

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  15. I came upon the Tuesday evening "electric wheelchair" incident just as the ambulances were pulling up -- it was actually one of those scooter-chairs, and she hit the older gentleman so hard that one of his shoes came off. He was lying face down on the pavement with a small pool of blood under him.

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    1. If it's who I think it was, she rides that thing like a maniac down Broadway all the time. I've always had the impression she's been hoping to hit someone. I nearly got nailed by her once myself.

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    2. Again, it's not funny nor "light". I've encountered these type in the grocery store and on the bus. She should have been arrested and hopefully is responsible for the hospital charges at the least.

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  16. What a joke they should have had outside units working this. It's only the biggest street fest in the city.
    This disctrict is a joke keeps getting worse every weekend.

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    1. Yes this district is a big joke. It's out of hand just getting worse

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  17. I am very confident this woman with the scooter lives at 545 W Aldine Ave. I do not know her name, but often see her park that motorized scooter in the garage there. It is silver with some kind of leather fringe on or near the handle bars. I did not witness the incident above, but know this woman drives her scooter at max speed on the sidewalks around the neighborhood. She has almost hit me on two separate occasions, and I have commented to my wife that she is going to hurt someone with how fast and recklessly she drives. Every time I've seen her, she has a cigarette dangling out of her mouth or hand while driving...be on the lookout, folks!

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    1. I live on Briar and frequently see this woman cruising up and down Broadway with no regard for anyone on the sidewalk. I have also nearly been run over a few times, with her yelling "Move!" as my only warning. She sometimes has a flag on the back of the scooter and she hangs out in front of Intelligentsia a lot.

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    2. That's the same woman I see all the time. I feel bad for her unfortunate circumstances, but she behaves in a very hostile manner, and it was only a matter of time before someone was injured.

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    3. Do we know if this woman was detained afterall...and fined, if it can be proven that she was driving erratically? She needs a serious fine and talking to to get her to slow down.

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  18. There was enough cars last night it's just a handful of them stay down on there jobs and put them selves down on things to avoid getting jobs. Then it gets backed up more and more. Just need bosses to babysit a few of the cars to make sure it doesn't keep happening.

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