Monday, January 19, 2015

BIG FIB: Alderman Boasts of Gains, But Area's Still Losing Cops

Officers assigned to the 19th district on the 15th day
of each month. (Source: Chicago Police Dept)
UPDATE: Many manpower data points, accompanied by CPD documentation are available for review HERE.

Full copies of the CPD documents are HERE.
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As the city's elections near, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney is going out of his way to convince people that police manpower is increasing in our decimated 19th district.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Secured through a reader's Freedom of Information request, new Chicago Police Department documents show that our district had two fewer cops last month than in December 2013.

As of last Monday, we'd lost 121 cops in three years—a 26% slashing. The biggest loss of any district.

You'd never know that by reading the newsletter Tunney sent on Friday:
One of my top priorities in 2014 was to increase the number of officers in the 19th District. I worked directly with the leadership of the Chicago Police Department on this and they responded to my requests beginning in March by opening the 19th District to bid positions every month. As a result, we lead the City in the number of positions being offered in the 19th District in 2014 and continue to receive new officers every month. This will continue until we are back to the staffing level that we were prior to the consolidation of the 19th and 23rd districts.
Yes, dozens of officers did transfer into our district last year. But, an even greater number transferred out or retired, leaving a net loss.

How does the alderman expect to regain 121 officers by continuing to lose cops? We asked his office.

Erin Duffy, Tunney's Director of Community Outreach:
During 2014, the 19th District had the most recognized vacancies of all 22 districts.  This month, we are the only district citywide that has opportunities for officers to bid to come to the district. 
Each officer determines if he or she retires or bids out of a district.  So, while the alderman can work on increasing the number of positions available in our district to increase our staffing levels, he has no control over the other side of the equation.
The department could offset the "other side of the equation" by increasing the number of officers it allows to transfer here. But it has not done that because it does not really intend to restore our district's force.

This grid, created by the police department itself, shows the 19th district shrinking last year
while the neighboring 18th district grew. (Source: Chicago Police Department)
How many positions are available this month in the district that's down 121 cops?  Two.

These small-time transfer opportunities were seemingly designed to provide politicians with political cover. The "transfers" allow Tunney and others to play word games, leading the public to believe that things are getting better when they're actually getting worse.

Slipping In Rank

And about this statement by the alderman:
We are currently the 11th highest staffed district out of 22 districts citywide.
We don't think ranking matters. Since the alderman does, we looked it up. In October 2013, our district was #6 out of 22. That means we actually fell five spots last year.

Neighboring District Gains Officers

While officers left our district through the back door as quickly as they came in the front door, the neighboring 18th district gained 20 officers in the closing months of 2014. (See? The department can offset the "other side of the equation" if it wants to.)

The grid above, created by the police department itself, shows the 18th district growing while our district shrinks.

And no fancy wordplay can hide that.
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28 comments:

  1. when the district ceases going into RAP's overnight then maybe it'll be believable that we're heading back to full strength, until then, Erin, go eat the word-salad yourself and quit trying to feed it to us like freebies from your bosses' restaurant.

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  2. Pinocchio Tunney tell a fib....noooooo, tell us it ain't so lol.

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    1. Oh myyyy. I'd hate to see that Pinocchio nose getting all up in the butts of those concerned with Wrigley .... harkening back to Tunneys comment about "being all up in your butt" from several months ago.

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  3. And, of course, Tunney will be reelected by a landslide! It's the Chicago way. The sheeple and their herd mentality.

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    1. Don't be so sure of that automatic re-election. Any number of variables could occur to cause Tunney to lose. Trace the history of elections in this country, state, local, federal..... outcomes can be surprising sometimes. We can only hope for the best and hope that those who vote (if they bother to vote at all) won't vote Tunney simply because he's the "gay candidate." The reality, though, is that there are way too many clueless, uninformed, unaware-of-the-crime-in-ward44 people who only see the Tunney photo-ops and believe that he commands one of the premiere dining establishments in the city. How wrong, how very wrong, they are. GET OUT AND VOTE, EVERYONE. Your vote matters.

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    2. Robin Cook is gay, too. I'll for anyone but Tunney. Yes, ABT.

      P.S. You guys are the best! On top of the bull. Thank you to the "reader" who requested the FOIA on these matters. Isn't that what the alderman should be doing FOR his constituents not lying to them? We live in a country where most politicians have forgotten who elected them, who pays their salaries and who they're supposed to be representing. We need to vote those people, like Tunney, OUT!!!

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  4. Someone needs to bring this data to one of the "forums" this week and next, where the alderman is allegedly appearing, and hold him accountable for an explanation.

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    1. Waste of time, clowns like Tunney and Rahm don't deal with facts or reality, and have no problem making a fool out of the rational person with the facts.

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    2. I'm willing to bet that just a handful of more cops would prevent the robberies and other shenanigans that take place at 4 in the morning. I'm sure 5 or 10 more cops would prevent the nice, young, sophisticated people from making these decisions to break the law. Do you sense the sarcasm? Sure, More cops are great...and the numbers always fluctuate, but they are not going to stop the stupid from being stupid. Numbers don't lie. Crime is down and hopefully continues to keep heading down.

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    3. Numbers cannot lie because they are inanimate objects and cannot speak. People lie and they often use numbers to do it.

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    4. I agree with "Anonymous", the original poster, who suggests someone who speaks well in public question the aldermanic candidates out on these facts. People who wrote that it is a waste of time (or are certain that Tunney will win by a landslide) frustrate me because it seems as if they are giving up and encouraging others to do so, too. Our situations are only set if we allow them to be. Only if we do nothing.

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    5. People can't give up when they haven't started doing anything. It's just the truth, the mass majority of people are fine with who they have elected. When is the last time you've seen any resident attempt to speak out or start a movement to take back our streets? Other than those of us that are kept informed by the truth on this fine blog, there's just no movement to change the status quo - that's reality, unfortunately. If residents were as engaged to take back our streets as they are when there are social movements like Duck Dynasty or Chick fil a boycotts, we'd be the safest neighborhood in the nation.

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  5. Why don't the other candidates (for Alderman as well as for Mayor) take this data and run with it! I don't know why the other candidates aren't screaming this from the highest building! My God, if 300 people heard this every week, they would talk about this to their friends/family/co-workers, etc, and word would get around.

    It almost seems as if the opposing candidates aren't trying very hard.

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    1. The majority of the residents are obviously happy with the status quo since they aren't willing to address this issue or vote the clowns out of office. And the opposing candidates haven't even really gotten a message out there, I couldn't even tell you their names any longer or what their positions on anything are. Perfect recipe for failed politicians to stay in office and keep slopping around in the gravy trough.

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    2. Tunneys gravy trough is about $112,000 a year I believe. Sucked right out of our taxpaying pockets.

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  6. Keep up the good work and posting the complete and accurate facts about police manpower in 019. As a CPD member of <40 years, THIS is the only place I've seen true and accurate reporting. Give credit where it's due. Perhaps you could hold a class at Columbia College on ethics and accuracy in reporting. Then again it appears it would fall on deaf ears. Again, keep up the good work. THANK YOU!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and service, Pink.

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  7. And this is what Waguespack (my alderman) gets for wanting more police...
    http://www.progressillinois.com/news/content/2015/01/07/chicago-forward-takes-aim-progressive-caucus

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  8. Well, well, well..... a forum is scheduled for Wed 1/21 at 6pm at The Annoyance Theatre ... and I had to learn about it NOT from the alderman's website or his Facebook page .... because they aren't even listed there!!!! Why would he not want his constituents to know of this forum? What is he trying to hide?? Why is anyone even remotely entertaining the idea of re-electing this fool???

    Link: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150119/lakeview/44th-ward-candidates-appear-at-election-forum

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    1. Elected officials can't post about debates on pages that aren't run by their political committee.

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  9. The problem is Rahm Emanuel period. He goes after any Alderman that disagrees with him.

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  10. Hey CWB...not sure if u all will be endorsing an aldermanic candidate for the coming election but I really wish you would as you as I think it is key that we all don't get divided up when trying to choose one of Tunney's challengers. And i sure hope and expect all readers of this blog to be sure to vote and bring a friend or 20 as well. We need better representation and it would be nice to give our local politicians a wake up call! We are done!!!

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    1. We haven't decided on that, Russ. Endorsements are a lot easier in some races than others.

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  11. Here are the early voting locations and ballot issues. You can vote anywhere in the city. I vote over lunch at Chicago & LaSalle. Hardly ever a line for early voting.

    A lot of people actually don't know their polling location. Once I worked as an election judge at Nettlehorst. A number of people needed to go to the church at Broadway\Roscoe. A surprising number of people needed to go to certain highrises on LSD. I am sure they jsut went home at that point.

    You need to bring an ID.

    http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html


    http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-CandidateFiling-2014-11-17-1415.pdf

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  12. In all likelihood, since they didn't have recognized vacancies, the big bump up in 018 in one month was officers out of the academy sent straight to Michigan Ave, Navy Pier, etc.

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  13. Yikes, and they shut down the station off of Western a few years ago leaving Roscoe Village naked. The Mayors son gets mugged on his own block. We pay the taxes and a lot of them. I am so sick and tired of the corruption and lack of representation in this City. Protect the tax payers first. Come on, we PAY the Bills.

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    1. You ever hear Leona Helmsley's expression "only little people pay taxes" ?
      You think King Rahm is any different ?

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