Sunday, March 27, 2016

DEAL OR NO DEAL: District Short 23 Cops As Deadline For Promised Staffing Increase Looms

EDITORS NOTE: This report originally stated that the 19th district had gained 10 officers in 2016.

That was an error.

The district ended 2015 with 341 officers working in-district. As of February 28, we had 343 officers, a gain of two.

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44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney’s latest newsletter has an update on the long-promised filling of 25 police officer vacancies in the 19th district. The update came in a phone call from a top police executive:
[He] called to let us know that April police officer transfers to the 19th District will be effective on March 27th. His staff committed to getting our office the official transfer information, as well as the total number of officers in the 19th District since October 2015 next week. We will share all documentation from the Chicago Police Department when it is received.
There’s no need for you to wait until Tom gets the manpower information. We have it for you already.

As of February 28, the 19th district’s headcount is 343 police officers according to Chicago Police Department documents secured via a CWBChicago reader’s Freedom of Information Act request.

Another 63 officers are technically assigned to our district, but they are “detailed out”—meaning they actually report for duty elsewhere in the city. One officer from elsewhere was assigned to work in our district.

The district ended 2015 with 341 offices and it currently has 343, so we've gained 2 officers so far this year.

Even with those newly-added officers, the district still has 27% fewer cops today than it did in October 2011. That’s a purging of 125 officers, according to the city's own documents.

The Deal

On October 28, Tunney sent his constituents an email to explain his vote in favor of the city's record-setting $589 million property tax increase. The second paragraph laid out a deal that Tunney said he cut in exchange for his vote:
First, I have been assured that 35 additional police officers will be assigned to the 19th District in 2016, including 25 in the first quarter and another ten during the rest of the year.
Is it a deal or no deal?
So far, the district has filled 2 officer vacancies in the first quarter, which means that the district is 23 short of the number promised to be here by March 31.

Those 23 will presumably be starting today, March 27, if the promise is to be fulfilled.

And, let's face it, you have to believe that the 23 are being added. Why else would a police exec call the alderman's office about the nick-of-time transfers?

Per the deal, ten more officer vacancies are to be filled in the 19th district by the end of 2016.

Oh, and that’s a key point. These officers aren’t supposed to just “transfer in” and then disappear through attrition.

Tunney Chief of Staff Bennett Lawson made it clear after a community meeting last November that the increased headcount is to be permanent.

So, that's a minimum headcount of 366 cops working in-district by April 1 and 376 cops working in-district by the end of the year.

That's the lay of the land.

Twenty-three officers need to be added today and 10 more vacancies need to be filled by the end of the year. And, all officers lost to retirements, resignations, transfers, and "detailing out" must be offset. Let's see what happens.
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16 comments:

  1. The initial promise of more officers was made by Rahm and was to be done by McCarthy. McCathy got canned and de-Escalante was left holding the bag. Now he's out and Eddie Johnson is in. Of all those men, I'd trust Chief, soon-to-be-Supt. Johnson to make good. The whole dept has been paralyzed while the search was ongoing compounded by the idiotic new forms and training. Chief Johnson is the "Real police" who came up through the Bureau of Patrol. I expect to see morale improve and adjustments to be made that will allow officers to be assigned to crime hot spots like when we had TRU and MSF.

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  2. I think we all know how this will play out. And the residents and merchants of District 019 are the ones being played. Thank you for another unfulfilled promise, Thomas Tunney. Thank you so much.

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    1. Pretty hard to be getting played by the man the majority has voted into office twice now. Tunney is no less incompetent or a Rahm puppet today than he was before the election. Until the voters take back their community, nothing will change. Enjoy!

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  3. Hey, he's going to brag that today 019 is getting about 10 cops transferred in. However, remember that all these new cops are recruits, some possibly still in training. Watch for the smoke and mirrors.

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  4. There is not a chance in H*LL that 15 coppers were transferred in today............first, there weren't 15 openings in the 019 District!!

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  5. Tunneys is a lie!!!! Through and through. Its a wonder he doesn't suffer from PNS, which of course is Pinocchio Nose Syndrome.

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  6. Rahm is a pos of shit Mayor folks. He is trying to do everything on the cheap except his pet projects like the river front, DePaul Arena etc. I would rather have a less beautiful city that was safe than all the lipstick on a pig. Cook county lost more people than any other county in the Country last year. Detroit was next on the list.

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  7. I will bet you a box of stale cinnamon buns that the 19th district will never regain the numbers we had when 19 and 23 merged.

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    1. You can have your stale cinnamon buns, Anonymous. This should have been Tunney's downfall - he assured us no loss in manpower from the merge, and look what happened. Only in Chicago do politicians get rewarded for doing harm.

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  8. Let's be sure of one thing: if ANY coppers are transferred into 19, it's partly because of CWB and SCC blog sites. Thank God THEY are putting pressure on Tunney to keep their promises.

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  9. If Tunney ran the ward like he runs his resturant, this fucking mess would have been solved months ago. C'mon Tom, just get it done.

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    1. Um, have you been in his restaurant lately (speaking of the one on Belmont)? Sticky tables; staff workers busy texting and ignoring customers (but then, that's everywhere nowadays); blase quality meh mediocre food; and crime just outide the door. Did you know that space used to be a funeral home? LOL.

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  10. Thanks CWB. So are we +15 cops as of yesterday then?

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    1. Hahahahahahahahahaha, just spewed coffee on the keyboard!! ARGH

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  11. Unfortunately nearly everyone is lying to the tax payers. It wouldn't matter if there was an officer on every street corner, the crime rate is going to stay where it is or get higher. With the ACLU and DOJ looking at everything a cop does under a microscope, they are spending so much time watching their own behinds they can't afford to practice proactive policing. One minor screw up or an incorrectly worded contact report could land them in court, or worse in jail. And now the AG, Loretta Lynch, is directing local court systems to cease arresting and charging "low-level" crimes or risk losing federal funding. Elections do matter!

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  12. What. A. Surprise. ... Tunney failed on his promise!

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