Monday, January 26, 2015

A MATTER OF TRUST: Police Department Says Manpower Nearing All-Time Low, Aldermen Claim Double-Digit Gains

L: Cappleman; R: Tunney
Despite being provided irrefutable proof that our 19th district continued to shed police officers last year, the two aldermen who represent our neighborhood continue to falsely boast that manpower is up (thanks to them, of course).

The false statements of aldermen Tom Tunney (44th) and James Cappleman (46th) come as fresh police documents, reviewed by the Chicago Police Department Bureau of Patrol and acquired by CWB, show that our district lost 4 more officers in December, bringing the district’s manpower very close to its all-time low.

New Information

Produced by CPD and reviewed by its Bureau of Patrol,
this grid shows 19th district manpower levels each month since June 2014.
A total of 343 officers are currently assigned to the 19th district, that’s down from 347 last month, and down from the 345 who were assigned here in January 2014. Our current staffing level is just 3 higher than the district’s all-time low of the 340 officers assigned here last March.

Staffing is now a whopping 27% lighter than in October 2011.

False Claims

In response to an inquiry on Twitter last week, Cappleman wrote, “I fought for & got a net gain of 29 officers [in the 19th district during 2014]. We are slated for more this year as well.”

Tunney, at an aldermanic candidate forum last week, claimed that he pushed for and received a “net” gain of 22 officers last year.

Source: Chicago Police Department
And the minutes from the most recent Triangle Neighbors Association meeting show that Tunney told the organization that the “19th District is [sic] continues to work towards increased police force; 60 new officers were added to the midnight shift in 2014.”

Contrary to the aldermen’s claims, they did not secure more police officers for our neighborhood last year. Indeed, after they purportedly sought more officers, police manpower went down.

We reached out to the offices of both aldermen as well as to Cappleman’s campaign regarding the men's claims. None of them has replied. On Twitter, Cappleman stated that his numbers came from a conversation with the district commander. (Of course, he untagged us before posting that.)

Discrepancies

The above graphic, released by Tom Tunney's office
on Friday, fails to show 18 thefts and one aggravated
battery that took place in his ward. A search of
the police department's online database (below)
reveals the missing crimes.
Tunney’s camp went a step further down the wrong information road in the alderman’s weekly newsletter on Friday.

In it, the alderman claimed to provide 44th ward crime information for the week of January 12 to 18. According to the newsletter, his ward experienced one robbery and two burglaries.

But a simple search of the Chicago Police Department’s online crime database shows that the 44th ward also had one aggravated battery and 18 thefts. Those categories show “zero” incidents in the alderman’s newsletter.

Straight Forward

CWB’s police staffing information comes directly from the Chicago Police Department via readers’ Freedom of Information requests.

The readers’ requests are straight-forward, seeking, “the number of sworn officers of all ranks assigned to the 19th police district” on the 15th day of every month. The staffing information is reviewed and provided by the department’s Bureau of Patrol.

Open Records

We have posted the department’s staffing documents for public review.
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43 comments:

  1. It is a matter of trust, but hey, don’t forget 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith!

    At two recent 43rd Ward aldermanic political forums, Wrightwood Neighbors Jan. 12th and Ranch Triangle/ Sheffield Neighbors/ Lincoln Central Jan. 13th, Alderman Smith claimed that due to her efforts, we now have a foot patrol officer on Clark Street south of Diversey.

    BUT THERE IS NO FOOT PATROL ON CLARK STREET SOUTH OF DIVERSEY. There was a foot patrol after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in June 2013 and fans smashed 31 store windows; but the foot patrol lasted a couple of months only; and 2013 was a long time ago.

    Perhaps Alderman Smith just doesn’t get out very often.

    See:
    Smith lists the Clark Street foot patrol on her website as one of her accomplishments:
    “Secured an evening foot patrol for Clark Street District.” See: http://www.michelesmith.org/accomplishments/
    and
    http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/01/if-shoe-fits-steal-it-shoplifters-swarm.html

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  2. Thank you for all you do, CWB.

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    1. Agreed. This is true journalism...which unfortunately is so very rare these days.

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  3. Ah, the two clown morons pictured side by side. First time I've seen an actual picture of tweedle dee and tweedle dum together.

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    1. Too bad they will both be re-elected by low information voters. Sigh.

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  4. bestofneworleans.com/
    If you've been in the French Quarter recently, you've likely seen new signs on balconies and galleries, in windows and on the sides of houses: "CAUTION," the signs warn. "WALK IN LARGE GROUPS. WE [HEART] NOPD. WE JUST NEED MORE." The signs — printed by frustrated neighbors and distributed by neighborhood groups — are a response to the latest spate of violent crimes in the Vieux Carre. Those crimes include two Christmas Day incidents: the mugging and stabbing of a man on Gov. Nicholls Street by a group of eight people, and the mugging and beating,of another man on St. Philip Street by five people.

    Does Wrigleyville/Boystown have any such signs?

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    1. Yes, we have "proven leadership" signs in all of the local businesses that have seen their business plummet in recent years due to the thugs taking over the streets and the spineless politicians doing nothing about it other than lying about the facts.

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    2. In addition to the the lockstep TUNNEY signs recently posted in windows along the Halsted strip in Boystown, there are also a good number of "NO LOITERING" and "WE CALL POLICE" signs posted in doorways and windows surrounding the bars (Roscoe's and I believe Scarlet have them displayed). I only recall seeing these pop up in the last year or so.

      We're all well aware of who those signs are addressing.

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  5. Also, the officer who were added to the midnight shift were taken from the day and afternoon shifts as well as 1 tact team. That follows the policy that Rahm brags about when he stated he added 1000 officers to the streets but not through hiring. Instead they were reassigned from specialized citywide units and inside jobs. Trust me, with these current administrations it is all smoke & mirrors.

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  6. I think it would be net gain to vote them both out of office.

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    1. ^ Comment of the week! (and it's only Monday)

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  7. Look here you LYING aldergoofs...
    It's very very simple.
    Since 2001 -
    Robberies in Chicago >> DOWN 47%
    Robberies in the 019th >> DOWN 0%...NO CHANGE...NOTHING.

    Our Taxes: UP
    Our Crime: UNCHANGED...stuck at 2001 levels

    A bloody riot in a park on Lake Shore Drive, 8 minute response times to burglaries in progress, gang shootings at the lakefront, a known crime-dense corridor (Hellmont) unaddressed, a running gun battle six blocks from the damn mayor's house, more overnight 'police unavailable' incidents than we can count.....
    This is not a damn joke. It's what WE are living.
    You FAIL!

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  8. What I don't understand is people don't get that Rahm runs this City like a dictator if anyone crosses him he takes them out or screws them over royally. I didn't vote for him because I had heard that about him. We might as well save the money and get rid of the Alderman. What Rahm wants, Rahm gets.

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  9. That's it. Mark Thomas gets my vote in February. I am a gay man and a property owner who is fed up with the misinformation coming out of Tunney's office. The man has no backbone in standing up to the mayor wherein lies the true cause for less police in the 19th and the city in general.

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  10. Those of you who live in the 46th and are praising Amy Crawford may regret it if she wins. Even though she is now a partner in a major law firm her initial background post college was working for non profits. Her support in the ward seems to be largely coming from the professional non profit left. ONE-Organization of the Northeast etc.

    I really doubt you'd see the Chateau being renovated if she were alderman. How she go the FOP endorsement while TUNNEY got it also amazes me. She's using your stuff though so let's see what happens.

    I'm in Uptown, but walk by the Chateau on occasion and I suspect the people right there are thrilled that that hellhole is being renovated. I haven't been approached to buy drugs around there since it closed. Now perhaps the criminal element in the coop building is unhappy that there market has lessened, but for the rest of that mini neighborhood I have to suspect they're happy.

    If I'm wrong then please someone who lives there please pipe up about how evil Cappleman is. I also doubt that if Cappleman had been aldermen instead of Tunney you would have the lovely crime free Center on Halsted.

    Difference between Tunney and Cappleman is that Tunney took over a ward that was moving in the right direction in terms of crime and economic development. Cappleman took over a ward filled with dystopic buildings and defenders of those buildings and has been fighting them with various degrees of success ever since.

    I'm actually surprised Tunney ran for reelection. I thought after he put his property portfolion up for sale he would move like his predecessor did.

    As for Crawford I really don't know what her real positions are on anything. She talks with forked tongue. Maybe she will work to get you the cops you want and need. Maybe she will work for more low income housing. I just don't know. I know where Cappleman stands.

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    1. We do, too. Cappleman stands for lying about the police manpower situation; voting for budgets that cut police spending; failing to press for more cops in lieu of massive overtime; standing idly by while homicides rip Uptown; and so on. Yes, we know where he stands.

      Voting for the guy who doesn't support police is not going to make him support the police.

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    2. Let's not forgot whom Amy Crawford used to work for.

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    3. You mean Denice Davis working for Shiller? Crawford used to be involved with some non profits in the 46th and some of her main support is coming from those groups.

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    4. If Tunney took over a ward that has stopped growing, then why does the rent keep going up and why are there always new businesses popping up? This is one of the best neighborhoods in the city. Yes they are crime problems and stats and staffing aren't where anyone would like, but you really think Lakeview is in decline? Tell that to my landlord!

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    5. Have you seen all the vacant storefronts, particularly at Clark and diversey?

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  11. Read the numbers. Simple.
    TUNNEY - Proven Leadership, my ass.
    TUNNEY - Proven FAIL ! 13 years of Proven Fail.

    And BTW this guy was appointed to Daley's 'Parking Task Force', then enthusiastically voted 'YES' to sell the city wide meter leases. We had 72 hours for everyone to review a $1.2B back-door deal. (72 hours? WTH it takes six weeks to get a mortgage if you've got perfect credit and 30% cash down.)
    And now? How'd that work out for all of US Tom?

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  12. I am so grateful for this blog! Thank you so much for all you do to keep us informed. I read your postings every single day.

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    1. Thank you for supporting our work and, frankly, for giving a shit about our neighborhood.

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    2. I am very grateful for this blog, too, and tell all my friends & neighbors about it. Unfortunately, many people have never heard of it. Perhaps we could crowd fund and get this on a couple bill boards??

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    3. I would gladly chip in a few dollars for some public shaming of Tunney's leadership on crime.
      Aren't there some advertising posters on the inside of the L station, the train cars, and buses?

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  13. Please don't post more pictures of Tunneys. I swear, this time I vomited a little in my mouth. I see him out in the community and he is so smug and arrogant. I tried to introduce myself to him at CAPS meeting when I first moved into Boystown years ago but he was too busy to spend 90 seconds with me. I had the pleasure of spinning the revolving door at the police station reallllly hard one time after a CAPS meeting, as he was coming through it after me (the same meeting, incidentally, that he showed up late to, in shorts and flipflops, snarfing down a bag of popcorn - and wasn't the same meeting where he told a constituent to "Shut up! Shut up!"? May have been the meeting prior. Oh well, doesn't matter. The man is spineless, has now proven publicly that he is a LIAR, through the release of "his" data about "his" police officers "he" pushed for and added to the force, AND he is not worthy of being elected to scoop poop, much less serve as alderthing for Ward 44. How much more does he think we will take in this ward? And those uninformed goofballs who vote for him in a couple of weeks ..... you should be ashamed. That goes double for the fools along Halsted and Clark and Broadway who have his dumbass re-elect Tunney signs in their windows.

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  14. Apparently weasels are not good at math. Sorry Tunney.

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  15. Cappleman and Tunney are too weak and dishonest to hold political office.

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  16. Cappleman has finally put Uptown on the right track. He has my vote!

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    1. Keep your head down.

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  17. are people safe? or safer? do they feel safe?.......................No, NO , and NO.... end of story

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    1. If they don't feel safe, they sure aren't doing anything about it.

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  18. I have been reading this blog for the past year, I am hoping the residents in the affected wards vote the do nothing incumbents out of office. Public safety is well within the elected officials control. Period. Zero excuse I would rather see tax dollars go toward hiring cops than wasting money on stadiums, IPADS for CPS, security details and restaurants that server 15 dollar hamburgers. Vote them out.

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  19. Remember, Cappleman said we have enough man power in the 19th District, and that he didn't feel qualified, since he is a social worker, to tell McCarthy how to do his job. Do you really want this guy representing us? He hasn't done a thing for the south end of his ward. I will vote for Crawford as a protest, and if she disappoints, I will vote for her opponent next election.

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  20. In the eloquent words of my grandmother, "so full of shit their eyes have turned brown."

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  21. Upon reading this the other day, I was appalled and let the matter sink in before commenting. The sad part about all of these lies is that at least Tunney (I don't really follow Cappleman) is spreading this political message that he has been responsible for more please in 019 and it disgusts me. Why? Because it's disgusting and deceitful in the first place and second, his campaign calls have been boasting this claim and typical misinformed voters will believe that. I received a call a couple of weeks back that was evidently his campaign and as soon as I heard the line about adding more police making our neighborhood more safe I laughed at them. Literally laughed at them.

    I had to go to his office last week to make a huge and blatant graffiti report. In fact, the graffiti has turned into a mural basically. The building is the new building at the corner of Sheffield and School. If you go to the School back side of the building and look up high - you can see it. Go check it out folks! It has become progressively worse. I feel like a bad citizen for not reporting it when I first saw it but at least I eventually did. Any way, I went in the office and was talking to two people who worked there and then Mr. Tunney himself walked out and proceeded to make his way in the conversation - which is fine because he is the alderman however, I had such a hard time not calling him out to his face on so many issues. Hopefully that wall mural mess is taken care of soon. Not like it won't just happen again.

    I am very much forward looking toward casting my ballot at one of the other two candidates even if it doesn't count. I'm assuming this ineffective Alderman will be elected again out of sheer ignorance from voters. I am obviously assured that readers of this blog more than likely won't vote his way but who knows about the general population of the ward. On a side not, I'm sure Rahm will get his way as well.

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  22. CWB, are you recommending we vote against all the incumbents? I'm not trying to be dense. You've convinced me that the incumbents aren't doing so hot. But I don't have any evidence that the new candidates are any better. Could you write a post with endorsements for the various races?

    The Tribune had an interesting article about the mayoral race. They think the main theme is Rahm and downtown versus Chuy and the neighborhoods. Downtown gets all the wealth and safety while the neighborhoods get crime and red light cameras.

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    1. We haven't made any recommendations and very likely won't. When candidates make false statements about public safety, we report it and present the facts. It just so happens that the incumbents are the ones who are making stuff up. (The exception being 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, who has always been a straight shooter on the issue.)

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    2. I use to live in Wauguspack's ward. It was nice having a responsive, competent and honest alderman. Now I live in Cappleman's 46th and work in Tunney's 44th. Both these bozos need to be rooted out and replaced by a Waguespack type. I think Mark Thomas and Amy Crawford fit the description. Like Waguespack, they're tough on crime, want more enforcement, want more transparency on crime numbers but are progressive on the housing and economic issues. Meanwhile Tunney sucks on crime and voted against the minimum wage; Cappleman sucks on crime and is focused on harassing homeless people. It is the opposite of Waguespack- who is effective on crime and compassionate on economic matters.

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  23. I for one am glad that you do not plan on recommending a candidate for office. That position enhances your continued integrity in informing the neighborhood. Thank you for your continued accurate reporting of criminal activity in Lakeview.

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    1. Thank you, too. We've decided against recommendations for exactly the reason you gave. A handful of readers perceive our stories as targeting certain aldermen. Not the case. We target misinformation, disinformation, and word salads that misguide the public on matters of crime in this neighborhood. We will continue to do so regardless of who is elected in the weeks ahead. (It's really easy to stay out of our crosshairs. Shoot straight on crime, safety, and police staffing issues.)

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  24. I called Tunneys office to inquire about the statistics and whether or not they were realistic, and the guy who answered the phone hung up on me. Nice customer service for your constituents, TommyMary Tunney. You SUCK!!!!

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    1. If that's the way you spoke to me - I'd hang up on you too.

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