Sunday, February 08, 2015

SOLD A BILL OF GOODS: Despite Political Promises, No Cops Are Allowed To Join Neighborhood District In February

The Chicago Police Department is not allowing any officers to transfer into our 19th district this month, according to the Second City Cop blog, even though manpower here is on the cusp of an all-time low.

The elimination of transfer opportunities comes despite local Alderman Tom Tunney's promise on January 16 that transfers into our district "will continue until we are back to the staffing level that we were prior to the consolidation of the 19th and 23rd districts [in March 2012]."

Despite the political theatrics and boasts, our district had only 343 officers last month according to CPD documents—that's two fewer than January 2014 and down a whopping 125 since the district consolidation.

One In The Front, Two Out The Back

Our district lost 27% of its manpower between October 2011 and last March's low water mark of 340 officers.

Then, suddenly, the department began allowing a small number of officers to transfer into our district. Local aldermen Tom Tunney and James Cappleman will tell you the transfers began because of their efforts to return the district to October 2011 strength.

We gained 11 officers in April of last year. We were up 22 officers by July. But, then, the headcount started dwindling again as the number of officers transferring in was off-set by officers leaving.

Down 6 cops in August. We lost another 5 in September. Minus 2 in October and minus another 2 in November. And four more were gone last month. 
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27 comments:

  1. Now, I'm going out on a limb now, but I bet it Tunney's office was flooded with calls this from us, the taxpaying constituents of ward 44 and district 019, asking about police officer staffing levels in this district, he (or more likely his minions) would respond either that (1) Alderthingy Tunney is solely and directly responsible for the excellent level of staffing we currently enjoy, OR, that (2) Alderthingy Tunney is "looking into" the matter of raising staffing back to the level before the 25%+ cuts. And said alderthingy or minion will surely conclude that that will be a glowingly satisfactory response to the taxpaying constituent calling (or emailing).

    ** I AM SO FUCKING SICK OF THE ENDLESS USELESS SPINELESS PENISLESS RHETORIC COMING OUT OF THIS ALDERTHINGY'S OFFICE !!!!!! ** Go to the polls on 2/24 and VOTE THIS CLOWN OUT OF OFFICE !!!!! There are way enough registered voters to unseat him. Do it !!!! If he is re-elected to another seemingly interminable term in office, then NO BITCHING OR KVETCHING FROM ANYONE ANYMORE EVER EVER AGAIN about the thuggings and robberies and overall declining shitty level of quality of life over here. If we ("we" meaning all registered voters collectively) re-elect this moron, we pretty much (1) are fucked, (2) deserve what we get.

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    1. You are ignoring the fact that the majority of voters who could unseat him have never heard of this blog or read it.

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    2. Tunney always claims he is "working closely" with someone or other.

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    3. AnonymousFeb 8, 2015, 8:01:00 PM posted: "You are ignoring the fact that the majority of voters who could unseat him have never heard of this blog or read it."

      OK. Maybe, maybe not. We need about three huge-ass billboards strategically posted in this neighborhood, proclaiming the web site and what it does and how it reports on the alderidiot's antics. What can we do to make this happen?

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    4. I would happily donate $ for the billboards.

      I agree.....not enough people know about this blog and the increased crime & mayhem.

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    5. I would definitely donate money!! Anyone know much would it cost even just for one near the Belmont Red Line?

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  2. Something that I'm not clear about...why does CPD allow officers to transfer out if they don't have a replacement transferring into the District? Seems to me that any business would not let someone change job assignments unless they had someone to fill the previous position. Cops should be able to move around, but not without a replacement.

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    1. I suspect some implicit gay bashing on McNewark's part, and Rahmbo thinks he has the Gay vote in the bag.

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    2. Police union contract my guess. I don't know.

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    3. People may have retired or become disabled. If there were no openings in any other districts, perhaps they transferred to a unit like gangs. I'm not saying that's what happened, just the possibilities.

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  3. And yet the morons of this district will overwhelmingly vote for Rahm and Tunney next week.

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    1. That's the trouble with the entire country

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    2. Nothing but demographic voters. Vote for people based off of their merits or lake thereof folks. Sexual orientation, race, and gender etc. are not a good way to measure a politician's merit. Unfortunately, Tunney will have the pull of the 44th community - the uninformed at least.

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  4. Proven leadership.

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  5. Why do aldermen continue to lie to us. Can time is not down.. But manpower is!!

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  6. Thank you AGAIN CWB. You guys are the best.
    May I respectfully request that every single person in the 019th who reads this blog...PLEASE...
    ------- Before the end of the day on Tuesday-----------
    Go to five of your friends - say some version of the following:
    "Tunney / Cappleman has lied to me for the last time.
    We have a huge crime problem in this neighborhood. It's stuck at 2001 levels.
    Down almost 50% for the city as a whole and NOT AT ALL for us.
    There's been a big uptick in gang activity as well.
    WHY is it bad for us?......because our police coverage is DOWN 25%.
    Both of them lied about that too.
    It's a disgrace. I refuse to vote that clown. We deserve better."

    And for every business that sports a Tunney / Cappleman sticker >
    Poke your head in the door and say "Hey I know you have to put that Tunney / Cappleman sign in the window. But please don't vote that way. Our crime rate is horrible and (that guy) has done NOTHING. Fact is that we have 25% fewer cops and he's done NOTHING about it."

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    1. Agreed. Good stuff. But why would I need to state to a business owner with a Tunney sign in his window that "Hey I know you have to put that sign in the window" --- ?? I sure don't have that piece of shit sign in MY business window, right on N Halsted Street. Did I miss something?

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    2. Good on you for not giving in / posting a Tunney sign.
      The only reason I suggested saying 'I know you have to display that sign...' is that 99 times out of 100 (if you made a comment to people in a business that did display a sign), you're not talking to the owner.

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    3. Tunney will for sure be re-elected. For all the bluster on this blog, there has been no significant community mobilization with the intent of kicking him out of office. Nor has any credible challenger come forth to run against him. Everyone here is all talk and no action. Thank god I don't live in Lakeview anymore.

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    4. We need to VOTE!! Tunney needs to be voted out in order to get this ward back on track. Early voting at Merlo started today, walk your friends over and get them in. No excuses. We can get Tunney out if we actually pull that lever!

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    5. You're pissing in the wind. He'll win with at least 62%. I might be in the 38%, but I'm not stupid.

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  7. How much input does an alderman really have when it comes to police staffing? I think they can bitch about staffing levels but aren’t those decisions made higher up the chain of command? I don’t know the answers to these questions but I thought I would pose them to this astute blog for answers. Thanks

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    1. According to the aldermen during this election cycle, they have significant influence. According to the same aldermen for two years before the election cycle, they had no power to affect it.

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  8. The only way Tunney will not be re-elected is if votes aren't split between the two challengers. My vote is going to Mark Thomas who's top issue is community safety. Check out his website here:

    http://www.voteformarkthomas.org/issues.htm

    It's time to come together and vote Tunney out of office.

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    1. Tunneys is a liar and I'm staggered he doesn't have a Pinocchio-like nose yet.

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  9. About to lose about 6-8 more. Have fun

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    1. Promotions to detective? 100 made, which will hit north side districts the hardest.

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