Monday, April 27, 2015

DEAL WITH IT: Police Manpower Remains Near Record Low

Source: Chicago Police Department
Despite recent campaign promises to replenish our neighborhood's decimated police force, the number of officers protecting Wrigleyville and Boystown remains near its all-time low, newly secured city documents show.

The manpower count, released by the CPD's Human Resources Department shows that 345 officers are currently assigned to the 19th district, down from 468 officers in October 2011 and down slightly from 351 officers last April.

While 345 officers are technically assigned here, approximately 20% are "detailed out"—meaning that they actually do their work in other areas of the department.

On top of the 20% who are detailed out, roughly 6% of the district's manpower is committed to Beat 1926, the official designation for the police units that sit outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home around the clock.

The 19th district is one of the city's largest. It covers the area from Fullerton to Lawrence and from Lake Michigan west to the Chicago River.

The latest manpower documents were released by the department in response to a reader's Freedom of Information Act request.
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13 comments:

  1. The residents are dealing with it, they voted for it just a few weeks ago.

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    1. You are absolutely correct. I voted against all of the clowns we currently have, that claim "crime is down!" and state that we have adequate police coverage. I get so angry about this....that residents of our district either approve of the mayor and alderwaste or are just too lazy to get out and vote.

      What will it take before people DEMAND and vote for change?? Violent crime on every block, every day?? One murder a week? Maybe two?? Roving, rioting gangs in the street every weekend?? What will it take??

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    2. 100% agree.
      The crime problem in our neighborhood --and there IS a problem (just look at our crime rate over time, as compared with the rest of the city) -- will never get any action until we all demand it.
      To imagine that Cappleman and Tunney are leaders is pure lunacy. They're waterboys. Crummy ones at that.
      Fact is this: WE failed. WE failed to get this issue onto the front burner. WE failed to hold these bozos to even a minimal standard of living up to their promises.
      Sorry. That's the case.

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    3. "WE failed to get this issue onto the front burner."

      Amen to that. A good way to start it to spread the word about the CWB website. I tell everyone about it, and it amazes me how many people are not aware of this extremely useful tool, and how many people think that we live in one of the safest areas of the city. Not anymore.

      Why not crowd fund a couple billboards with the CWB website in big, bold letters, and say something like: "Want the REAL facts about crime in this neighborhood?" or something like that.

      Of course the publisher of this website would have have to agree to it. So, CWB, what do you say? I have $50 bucks right now that I'll donate to a billboard fund. We must get the word out! If anything, perhaps we can SHAME the mayor and alderwaste into hiring more cops. We can't afford to wait for another election cycle. By then, the neighborhood will be lost to the criminals.

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  2. The alderperson says he is "looking" into it.

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  3. CWB, any update on the CAC owner who was under investigation after a hidden camera was found in a condo he was renting out? Any news would be appreciated.

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    1. No charges have been filed in the case. We don't know that the owner was "under investigation."

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    2. A little bird told me that all involved a sugar daddy type relationship gone awry.

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  4. Yep you get what you vote for. Now they are all thumbing their noses at the idiot sheeples that voted the same hacks in.

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  5. Makes you feel real confident about this year's parade. Maybe if the raise the area property taxes they could hire more police. Oh wait, that is suppose to be in the high taxes we pay already, never mind.

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  6. Yet, the Alderman's have been re-elected with no fear of penalty from the clueless masses of residents of the 019 District!

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  7. Personally, I don't know why everyone lumps Cappleman in with Tunney. Didn't Cappleman OK getting rid of the Chateau Hotel as we knew it? I don't think old Amy, his opponent, would have done that. I think Amy was another Schiller in the making. Good riddance to both Schiller and Amy.

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