Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SLASH & BURN: Despite Promises, Police Manpower Hits All-Time Low

While a local alderman publicly states that the Chicago Police Department is increasing the "resources" dedicated to our area in light of a robbery and burglary spree, new information provided by the department directly shows that the 19th police district's manpower has actually reached a record low this month.

A police manpower document, secured through a CWB Chicago reader's Freedom of Information Act request, shows that 333 police officers are currently assigned to our area.

The current staffing off 333 assigned cops is down 23 officers from the same time last August and is down 37 cops compared to August 2013.

Before two smaller districts were merged to form the 19th district in March 2012, the same area was patrolled by 468 officers. 

In announcing plans for the merger, local politicians and city police leadership assured residents that police resources would not be cut in the 19th and 23rd districts' consolidation. 

The department allowed a small number of police officers to transfer into our area leading up to the 2015 municipal elections. But that well went dry quickly and district manpower now sits at an all-time low. 
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18 comments:

  1. Does "increasing the resources" mean we will get one extra bicycle in the district? Now we have to find someone to ride it.

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  2. Rahm is a great Mayor. LOL all the fools that were afraid to vote Chuy makes me laugh. People will be moving to the burbs and out of IL. Time to cut my losses sell out and move on.

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  3. There is no manpower in the 19th District. The citizens should demand action and call the mayor and McCarthy out. They both liedays to everyone when this merger happened.

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  4. Thank you for your continued efforts to demonstrate how the city/mayor is treating our neighborhoods.

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  5. This is sickening and inexcusable. How and why did people reelect the mayor and alderthings who continue to vote for city budgets that do not include money to have safe police staffing?

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  6. Tunney is a fraud. He sits in his restaurant and counts money. He could care less about the people who live in his ward. He should walk the streets at night and see what goes on.

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    1. Go out at night? He would have to get a rent-a-cop to go with him.

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  7. Tunneys is a lie, through and through.

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  8. I've been sitting in the dark, dressed only in my 'Tuesday' printed underwear, rocking back and forth and crying, since I learned Tunney lied to me. And I trusted him so completely. What's next? There is no Santa???!!!

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  9. Does anyone know what was happening on Halsted just North of Belmont around 4:30 PM today? The police had a couple of blocks closed off, several squad cars, and yellow tape blocking the street. Can't find anything on the news sites.

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    1. A 78 year old Asian man was hit and killed crossing Halsted. He was hit by an Abt Appliance delivery van.

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  10. Here is another one to ponder. Since the lock-up is at the ancient station at Belmont/Western that's where the desk sergeant is assigned. The sgt, approves arrests, inventories, etc. That now means all prisoners are processed at Belmont/Western. So the brand new station on Addison has a state of the art lock-up that is closed and now a state of the art processing room that is closed. All due to a shortage of sgts. And why were the 2 districts consolidated if both buildings are still used and open? Now it appears most of the work is actually being done at the old station and the new Addison St. facility is being wasted.

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  11. Why are there 4 tactical teams but none of them are around after 2am?

    Also known fact!!!! Out of all tactical teams all four sgts are merit sgts. Not one was smart enough to pass the test!!

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  12. This reduction in manpower may be true, but I'd like to see it compared to the actual crime rate in district 19, to see if there is a correlation, or reverse correlation.

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    1. As you prepare to calculate, remember that by eliminating all police officers, there would be no police reports filed and, thus, there would be no crime at all. You have to have cops to file police reports. Fewer cops means fewer reports can be filed. Fewer filings means fewer "crimes." Following that to the end, if you get rid of the cops, we'd live in a completely crime-free area.

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  13. The City should also decrease the number of Alderman in this District to one and that's it!

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    1. Agreed. Talk about a huge waste of money. Can you imagine just how much money would be saved by cutting the city council in half? You could hire a lot of cops with all the savings. And it's not like the aldermen even do much....except to vote in line with the mayor's agenda. What's the point of paying all this money when a $5 dollar rubber stamp would achieve the same thing??

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  14. The Tac Teams account for roughly 75% of the arrests in the district, The people who alway complain about Tac are the dogs who can't get on Tac, for the civilian reading this its not that hard, all you have to do is arrest people for anything and everything. Quit complaining and try stopping people who look suspicious to you.

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