Tuesday, April 12, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Police Department Transferring Nearly All North Side Detectives To Garfield Park; City's Entire Violent Crimes Force To Be Based South Of Eisenhower

The Chicago Police Department is set to announce that virtually every detective who is currently assigned to work murder, rape, robbery, burglary, and most other high-priority investigations will be moving out of the Area North Headquarters at Belmont and Western on Monday morning. Their new base of operations will be more than five miles south—at Harrison and Kedzie in a building that served as headquarters for the now-defunct Area 4.

Multiple sources in a variety of positions within the police department and city government spoke with CWBChicago about the plans on Tuesday. All have been granted anonymity as they are not authorized to speak about the plans publicly.

Under the new assignments, every homicide, robbery, rape, and burglary detective in the city will be based south of the Eisenhower Expressway.

Detectives who handle investigations in the blue area will be
moved from Belmont & Western in the 19th district to the 11th district.
The move can only be seen as a kick in the face to North Siders, particularly here in the 19th District where manpower has been slashed nearly 30% over the past 4 years.

A promise by local aldermen and, supposedly, Mayor Rahm Emanuel to have up to 35 officers returned to the 19th district during 2016 now seems laughable as entire police units have their headquarters moved to Garfield Park.

“Do you know how long it will take a detective to respond [from the new HQ] to Uptown or Rogers Park,” one source asked.

News of the restructuring began leaking to us Tuesday morning, just hours before the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety voted to support Emanuel’s plan to make Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson the permanent head of the department.

One source said that a few detectives may be assigned to work in North Side districts while another said that the department’s 40-officer financial crimes unit would be moving into Belmont and Western.

Reduce and Reduce Some More

As recently as 2012, the Chicago Police Department was divided into five regions or "areas." Then, as part of a consolidation program under new Mayor Emanuel and his police superintendent, the number of areas was reduced to three.

Area 4, which was based at Harrison and Kedzie, was eliminated. Area 3, which had been based at Belmont and Western, picked up some of Area 4's turf and some of its detectives before being rebranded "Area North."

Around the same time, Emanuel and CPD merged two police districts that patrolled Lakeview and surrounding areas to form today's 19th district. City representatives swore up and down that the move was an effort to put "more cops on the beat" and they promised that the new, bigger 19th district would not suffer a loss of officers.

The 19th district was staffed by 470 officers at the time of the merger. It is now staffed by 340.

Contract Violation?

Regardless, sources within the police department are saying that the move is a contract violation because the plan lacks a bid process.

“The [Fraternal Order of Police] said to call the alderman,” one source said. “I have no idea what [the union] collects dues for. Most of the alderman will not say shit. Once again the tax payer gets screwed.”

One City Council source called the plan a “bad idea. We need to bolster [the 19th district]” as its manpower has been stripped away.

"How in the heck does this department operate," the council source continued. "That there are no audits or resource allocation reports is appalling."

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47 comments:

  1. Anyone else ready for our own protest yet?

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    1. I've been advocating for a protest ever since I started reading this blog. Billboards, too. This blog is the perfect resource to organize & stage said protest. I think we should be loud & vocal near Wrigley Field, in front of the mayor's house, the various alderbeast's offices. Lets put up those billboards. Let's paper the neighborhood & make all residents aware of the dirty tricks City Hall is pulling on the north side taxpayers. This blog is great and helps get the word out....but so far it's not helping us get more cops on the street. We need to organize!!! Seems BLM is getting all the attention & cops....we get shit.

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    2. I agree! The only way things are going to change is if people physically show up somewhere to protest. Rahm and Tunney can ignore the internet, but as BLM proved it's a lot more difficult to ignore a large body of people demanding action. I know it's difficult because jobs/kids/etc. keep us busy, but this is something worth the time sacrifice. Anyone here adept at organizing such an event? I would certainly show up.

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    3. I was the original poster. I've lived in Wrigleyville then River North for over 12 years. I've seen both areas rapidly decline. Taxes are outrageous, yet I am not seeing the product of the spending. It's not just crime, how many of us have streets torn up, unfinished construction...etc? An organized protest is long over due, not just for the Wrigleyville/Lakeview area, but for the majority of the Northside; which has been blatantly neglected for the past 5 years or so. My issue, and I'm sure other people here have the same problem, I work more than 40 hours a week. So a protest through the streets of Chicago at a time when it actually hurts, like a weekday, requires additional commitment. I'm open to this commitment, I am also open to spending money to fight this problem. I used to love Chicago, brag about it, be proud of it. Now I find myself ashamed of this city. Things need to change. Where do we start? Letters and playing nicely isn't working. Time to get loud.

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    4. I would most definitely show up, too. Who to start and organize it is the question. I'd also put up money for billboards. Wrigley Field red line would be ideal.
      I got a thing in the mail from the Cubs yesterday listing the charities they've given money to in the community. Yes, the Center on Halsted is on that list. Do they have any idea that they are shooting themselves in the foot by funding that gang-infested, hell hole?

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    5. How about we meet at noon Sunday. March from the 019 station on Addison to Rahm's house, or Wrigley. Just for an hour, then home for Hawks game. Make some signs. Make it a trial run and see if it feels right. The next week if everyone invites neighbors it could make a splash? If someone has a good webinar system, perhaps CWB could put a small group of us together to organize and brainstorm some ideas. I personally want it to be fun and the kind of thing I can bring my kids to. Along those lines, lets do it during the day.... so we don't get mugged :-)

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    6. The north side infrastructure and safety has been purposely neglected simply because newcomers continue to move into the north side. Rhambo and his friends don't see any reason to improve streets, roads, and safety because the businesses, renters and home-owners still clamor to be a part of that area. The taxes and rent still flow while it takes 4 months to pave half a mile of unfinished road. Getting out there and protesting the decaying infrastructure and policing network is needed. Residents can't be fed the same BS - that their area is "better" than others and they get "better" services. As evidenced, it's either poor services, or no services to Chicago residents (unless you live in Edison Park or Beverly).

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  2. Seems like Chicago is sending a message. Chicago protects crime and criminals, we don't care about victims or voters. Chicago is not here for you. I will always vote but I feel like it makes no difference in this city. I'm ready for a protest. Chicago needs to stand together and demand a change. Time to stop being so passive and just saying "that's Chicago". Hell Chicago does far more for a crappy baseball team than it does for the district it's in.

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    1. Agreed! We need to protest every weekend!

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    2. We really do

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  3. CWB - How does this affect "manpower" numbers? Like, does a detective count as an officer as part of the infamous calculations of late? Just wondering if our official officer # will decrease yet again?

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    1. Detectives have always been assigned to the areas and not to individual districts. This won't affect the numbers in 19.

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    2. Detectives are usually not first responders either but show up later to deal with evidence, witnesses and statements. They're really nothing like Benson and Stabler...

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  4. Not being from Chicago, I don't feel as inclined to protest as I do to simply move away.

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    1. Agreed. I moved to Chicago at an age that's supposed to be "the prime of your life". I wasn't waiting around for change.

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  5. South and West sides hate and distrust police... Send them more police.

    The city's taxpayers in the North side want more police... Take away their police.

    Yep makes perfect sense! /s

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  6. Keep on voting for your Wrigleyville politicians based on the fact that they're liberal, gay and democratic instead of taking the time to see if they are even qualified to run a business, let alone be part of the corrupt political machine that has ruined this once great city. You are part of the problem. Want to protest something? Protest at the next election by voting for a more qualified candidate. This is a classic case of "you reap what you sow."

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    1. Would that we got a chance to vote for a qualified candidate. The republicans want less government as long as what is left agrees with their strict religious conscience. The democrats have gotten too comfortable in having elections locked up in this state. If a true independent and qualified person were to run for any local positions, I would be dancing to the polling place. By the way, I am a liberal gay democrat who thinks Tunney is a waste and Madigan/Cullerton/Rauner are disasters and Rahm is finished.

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    2. The GOP thats been in charge in San Diego for decades arent religious fanatics. Its the cleanest and safest city in CA, and very socially liberal.

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    3. I'd vote for a Republican to shake up this city in a heartbeat. But they barely run in Chicago anymore. They've all been chased away. And now we have what we have.

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    4. Corruption crosses party affiliation and sexual orientation.

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  7. Oh my god. What a disaster. Thanks Rahm. You get elected thanks to the north side. You surround yourself with coppers for your own detail and then move the police out of the north side leaving us to pay the taxes with no police protection... Again. Outrageous. I am ready to protest. Shall we discuss a meeting? Peaceful protest. Catchy signs with the theme no taxation without police protection. Take your dog or family for a nice stroll and a protest march. Probably need to get a group together first to organize.

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    1. "Taxation without police protection." That pretty much sums it up. I will protest, too, and bring all of my friends.

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  8. My theory has always been that the city was gearing up to sell that entire property once the overpass came down. It's a prime corner lot,the writing has been on the wall for a long time.

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    1. Good point. It will probably be the first Starbucks/Whole Foods Mega Mall.

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    2. They are going to re-build Riverview there, woo-hoo!!

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  9. How are these incompetent lying fools allowed to get away with this?

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    1. Because people keep voting them into office.

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  10. What the hell is going on here? It almost seems intentional...that the mayor & city council are purposely destroying the north side. Why?

    Almost sounds like a conspiracy, as if they want to drive everyone out. Sadly, the condo I bought 2 years ago on LSD (well after the housing bust) has gone down in price. Maybe this is a result of the increasing crime? People are beginning to flee. Maybe the plan is to scare everyone away with the out of control crime, grab up all the property on the cheap, then bring back the coppers & sell it for inflated prices.

    I don't know....but SOMETHING is going on here. Something stinks to high heaven. I can't imagine for the life of me why on earth the mayor & alderthugs would PURPOSELY assist in the destruction of one of the few, remaining "good" neighborhoods in the city.

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    1. Well according to Edgewater/Andersonville residents on EveryBlock and CribChatter their condo values have just skyrocketed. That's funny because I saw condos with for sale signs in front of them for 2 years straight. One has been trying to hock hers since 2008 for what she paid for it in 2001. Maybe this is just your perception.

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    2. I agree with the above it does seem almost on purpose that they do nothing about crime and drive away all of the taxpayers- how will they fund their out of control "Budget" then? Will their best friends- the thugs and criminals help out? I have no idea what the end game is but something is definitely fishy here.

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    3. I saw a beautiful condo at Lakeshore and Addison.
      I was tempted to make an offer but the gang shootings in that area convinced me not to. A stray bullet could easily go through my window over there.

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  11. Is the allocation of "detectives" treated separately from beat police? Detectives only address crime AFTER the fact. The beat police are what's important for cleaning up the neighborhoods.

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  12. In the Garden District in New Orleans, residents pay a special tax that pays for protection from a private firm. I do not know the details, but a friend reports that they have had success in keeping crime down. This company works hand in hand with the police. Would this be allowed in Chicago.

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  13. I know of Police Officers that are now turning down the Detectives test!

    I don't blame the Officers!

    Why would you want to work South of Madison st. for the rest of your career, dealing in a climate that basically hates anything the police lawfully does!

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    1. Exactly.

      Since they hate cops SO much, keep them as far away as possible.

      They can just work it out on their own. Good luck.

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  14. So funny to see people continue to blame the politicians that THEY continue to re-elect time after time. Pure stupidity.

    If a hillbilly in Boystown proclaimed he/she refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, there would be hundreds lined up outside the bakery with pitchforks. But no action is ever taken against the politicians. And they'll both win again the next time around - by all of you in the district.

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  15. When I met with the north side chamber of commerce I explained how crime has no boundaries. Crime has and is increasing on the north side and the new superintedent decides to move detectives and police resources from the people who need it. When I was a candidate for superintendent of police I asked the city council to to listen to our plans and choose the best one. The full city council chose the one who had no plan, has no plan and when he is called back to city hall to answer questions as to why crime has not decreased, police are still shooting people, and disrespecting Chicago citizens? He won't be able to answer then. A leader don't wait for a plan to be given to him. He creates the plan and leads by example. Leading by example is not putting on a body cam because who wants to see him going into is office everyday? The culture will remain the same and gun violence, violent crimes and crimes against persons will skyrocket. People be alert and careful. We are in for a bumpy ride with the politicia giving more lip service. You must stand up. Those who don't stand up will fall for anything. Blessings

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  16. PLEASE, citizens fight this!!! Protest get on the media anything just make noise and a lot of it fighting this. You have seen what happened when they closed districts. Now they are taking your detectives. You don't matter to the city and YOU in these areas pay some of the higher taxes!!!!!

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  17. Yeah...and the parasites are the first ones to call the police when another of their thug mates gets shot. Once there, the police are afraid to do anything for fear of reprisals and repercussions. It's a no-win situation, and I don't blame the officers for backing away.

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  18. Last of the Dick's from A-6Apr 14, 2016, 2:01:00 PM

    The same detectives that have worked on your cases will still be working on your cases. They will just be working out of a different location. The response times for on scene investigations will be extended. Coming from Harrison & Kedzie to a crime scene in Rodgers Park or Lakeview is going to take a while in rush hour traffic.

    The real shocker that you are going to experience will come when you are a victim. Just think about being treated in the ER after you have been punched in the face while taking your selfie and the thug has taken your I-phone & valuables. After waiting in the ER to be treated for several hours you can then wait a little more for the detectives to arrive to interview you. If an arrest has been made you can then get in your vehicle and travel to Harrison and Kedzie and try to find a safe parking location possibly having your car damaged while you are in the station being interviewed by a States Attorney or viewing a line up or photos for several more hours. You may even become a victim for a second time walking to or from the station and your vehicle. If you don't have private transportation think about taking the "L" or the bus down their late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. That's when your most likely to be a victim anyway. I can see now that most of you will just put a band aide on the fat lip that the thug just gave you and give up. You don't have the courage to support the officers who risk their well being for you on a daily basis nor do you have the courage or sense to stand up to the politicians who come up with these ideas. When most of the crime that you and the neighbors are involved in as victims will go unreported because of the extra effort it will take to do your duty as a citizen you will then hear from the mayor and the rest of the politicians how crime is going down and their great crime stopping strategies are the reason why. You folks voted for these thieves over and over again. The police department that you are now getting is the department you demanded to have. I served as a detective in your area for over 25 years and as a detective division supervisor for another 10 years. I knew the neighborhood, I knew the problems and had some good ideas on how to solve the problems. I served you well and asked for nothing in return. Worked on and solved many of the high profile crimes as well as the lesser known crimes where you were beaten, robbed, and bullied by the transients roaming your neighborhood at night. In all of that time I have never been asked by any of the policy makers in government or the police department what exactly works and what doesn't. I think that I can be considered some what of an expert due to my training and experience but my opinion was never sought. I had a great time giving you the best service that I possibly could under some very difficult circumstances during my time on the job and wish all of you the very best, but you now have the police force that you demanded. Now it is time to stand up for yourselves and demand policy makers who have experience, training, and a proven track record. What you have are the police executive gypsies going from department to department knowing nothing about the city or your neighborhoods, and the merit promoted politicians running the show. Good luck to all, you are really going to need it. It is to late to let the professionals run the show, they are long gone and retired. You need to find some new professionals from the ranks of the young officers now serving your neighborhoods, but remember that you have decided a while ago that they were all racist thugs and you threw them under the bus or watched the mayor throw them under the bus and treat them like outcasts rather than the heros that they are. The road back to normal will be a long and hard trip but you are fighting for your homes, your city, your families, don't let it all fall into the
    garbage pile.

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  19. So, who's voting for Rahm in the next election?

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  20. If a city has rats and you move all the rat killer to one place, guess what. The rats move to areas where there's no rat killer. And they thrive. Get ready fora a long, rat-filler summer, Lakeview.

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  21. If we protest we will want to do it in front of the media. Wrigley Field anyone?

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    1. Disrupt entry into a Cubs game. That might get Tunney's attention.

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