Friday, November 18, 2016

Sources: New Commander To Lead 19th District

After 19 months as the top dog in our 19th District, Chicago Police Commander Robert Cesario is packing up, according to two department sources.

Cesario (left) is out, Buslik is in | Chicago Police Department
The sources said Commander Marc Buslik, a 32-year veteran of the department, will replace Cesario next week.

The Chicago Police Department routinely shuffles command-level staff every 18- to 24 months.

Since February, Buslik has been working as the department's liaison with federal investigators who are reviewing Chicago's police operations. Before that, he was the commander of the 14th District, which protects much of Bucktown, Wicker Park, and Avondale.

Buslik won a special place in our hearts when he told a 14th District community policing (CAPS) meeting that “CAPS is dead. We need to drive a stake right through its heart," in June 2015.

Buslik's reasoning was that community-involved policing should be standard practice in the modern era. We agree. We also think that CAPS offices across the city are filled with police officers and sergeants whose time could be better used on the streets instead of printing flyers and running ineffectual dog-and-pony community meetings.

His willingness to speak openly about the CAPS program won praise for Buslik in the often colorful comments section of the Second City Cop blog.

The 14th District also piloted the CPD's police body camera program under Buslik's command.

Cesario quickly gained a reputation here as an aloof and unresponsive civil servant among residents who had grown accustomed to personal attention and open communication provided by his predecessor, Commander Elias Voulgaris.

Two Chicago police officers named Cesario as a defendant in a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the cops were blackballed by superiors for helping to investigate crooked officers.

Their lawsuit argued that Cesario, then a lieutenant in the fugitive apprehension unit, told the officers that "they were being moved up north, will not go to the U.S. Marshall's [sic] Task Force, will not get a take home car, Marshall's [sic] pay, overtime, or deputized. That will never happen for you" among other things.

The city this month settled the lawsuit for $2 million.

Cesario will now be the department's liaison with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

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23 comments:

  1. Not a moment too soon... Things have really regressed on a number of fronts since we lost Cmdr. Voulgaris.

    Welcome, Cmdr. Buslik. Appreciate your folks and rooting for your success.

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  2. Fuck CAPS and Fuck Cesario.

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    1. Thanks, I'll pass.

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    2. Tommy then?

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  3. Cesario left a lot to be desired as district cmdr. Not very good at all. PLus his disgusting role with the two honest whistle-blower cops exemplified everything that is wrong with CPD. Good luck to Cmdr. Buslik.

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  4. Great. BUT- we are still talking about a department that's rotten to the core. Cesario and his group cost us taxpayers $2 million dollars for basically being corrupt and intimidating good cops, he does a horseshit job with his command post here and is promoted to another position?!?

    I'm not sure if our watchdogs at CWB miss this bombshell with the news of his departure. Face it. The cultural at the police department is like little league baseball, everybody gets a trophy no matter what. What happened to merit based promotions- and demotions or straight up firings to make room for better cops?

    THEN when they do their job, the courts have a different opinion and probation the hell out of criminals that should be locked up. It's madness. I usually don't complain on here so much but, damn.

    Oh yeah, Welcome Cmdr. Buslik, it's a party.

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  5. they change the commanders every couple of short years so there is never any continuity in crime fighting in our neighborhood. So everybody has to start over.

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    1. Agreed. Whatever he does or doesn't do they'll be bitching about him in 3 months.

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    2. Got to disagree. The locals had a fantastic relationship with Voulgaris and he got results, too. Can't say that about a lot of people who've been through that office. Get results and we'll be the first to tell everyone about it.

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  6. I second the 'Not a moment too soon.'
    Welcome. Good luck.
    Straight talk will win the day here. People are plenty sick of being lied to.
    Wishing you much success.

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  7. This is the best news in a long long time in here. Cmdr. Vulgaris was great. You could meet with him, explain a problem and he would deal with it. Since then things have slipped in the 019. So welcome Cmdr. Buslik. As I am sure you know, this community supports the police and needs your help to turn around the flood of thugs and burglars coming from all over the city to plunder.

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  8. Commander Buslik is a highly intelligent, thoughtful person. I worked with him, many years ago. The 19th district could not have done better.

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  9. commander Buslik has extensive experience in the policing of a large entertainment venue and knows how to deliver on Public safety over profit from the bars

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  10. Bad part about it is that they will rotate him out in 18 months.

    Nothing will improve until they crack down on COH and arrest and fine them for everything down to littering a gum wrapper on the sidewalk or jay-walking. When it becomes such a difficult police state, they'll leave.

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  11. From a 14th district resident to all you 19th district residents: Don't expect Buslik to move mountains. You're still going to have the Chicago apparatus in charge of your safety. Crime rates are not going to plummet in your neighborhood. Hundreds more officers are not going to arrive in the station. Criminals are not going to scatter in fear. Sorry to bust your bubble but Buslik is just like the other commanders. He plays the game just like the next guy, otherwise how else do you think he became a commander?

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  12. Nice guy but likes to hear himself talk. Almost like a preacher or attorney. Def thinks he's the smartest guy in the room and he'll teach you a thing or two. When you're in his presence, "All hear! Class is in session! Advanced Police Theory 301 begins."

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    1. Maybe STFU and clean out your ears. You might just learn a thing or two.
      Then again, some people never will. So I won't hold my breath waiting for it to happen in your case.

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  13. Good riddance Cesario.
    Maybe there's an opening in New Jersey.

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  14. Don't be fooled by Marc Buslik's rhetoric. He spent years in the CAPS office in the 25th. District, Grand & Central behind a desk doing the same and not out on the street. Mid to late 1980s.

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    1. Commander Buslik is a street savvy, veteran, of the 25th District. He has extensive street experience, and he knows how to deploy manpower, to it's best advantage. Now, the city needs to give him the tools (officers) so he can properly do the job.

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  15. Although he seems to be a very good choice for the 19th he is coming here with some baggage. He also has a great talent for conducting secretive study groups that gets his people promoted.
    The only problem is that subject matter experts aren't allowed to conduct study groups. Nepotism, favoritism and politics is alive. I wonder how many of his people will go to the 19th district and get promoted.

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  16. I'll take a different tack - Commander Cesario had a different style than Comdr Vulgaris who I liked, he didn't meet/talk with community groups but but he did concentrate on job details. His team did an excellent job managing crowd control at Montrose Harbor, Pride events and Cubs" victory celebrations. Their were also quite a few high profile immediate arrests by his deployed officers. The change in "contact cards" , mandated reduced pro active street stops [stop -question-frisk]will hamper any commander.

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    1. Cesario only worked one Pride season and that was essentially run by the FBI and HQ this year. Ditto the World Series. He may be a great guy, but when the whole department spin is more community involvement, you'd think he'd at least return an occasional email and show up at CAPS before being dogged into it.

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