Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Major Crimes Up 37% Since 2015, But Local Police Commander Says "Crime Is Trending Down...We're Doing Good!"

CPD stats released this morning show that major crime is up in our area compared to 2014 and 2015, with only 16 fewer major cases compared to last year. But our police commander says "crime is down."
New 19th District Police Commander Marc Buslik pulled out an old Chicago Police Department chestnut at a community meeting last night.

Buslik | Chicago Police Dept
He reassured Lincoln Park residents that “crime is down” and even opted for the “politically correct” answer of saying that he’s content with the district’s staffing level, which is about 25% lighter than when Rahm Emanuel became Chicago’s mayor.

The community meeting was reported by DNAinfo this morning.
"Crime is trending down," insisted Cmdr. Marc Buslik. "From my perspective, the data says we're doing good."
He granted, however, that the perception that crime was increasing was something the Police Department had to work on.
Is that right commander?  Perception?

The Facts

This morning the 19th District Community Police office Tweeted a copy of the latest 19th District crime statistics.

Buslik's district has seen exactly 16 fewer major crimes this year compared to last year, the report says.

And major crimes are up by 37%—that’s 124 more major crimes—than in 2015.

So, crime is “down” 16 after skyrocketing up by 124. The district is performing better than in 2013, long before Buslik came to work here.

That’s typical Chicago Police spin. And if there’s one thing we don’t like, it’s a police exec who spins statistics.
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18 comments:

  1. Crime is down because we can't get a policeman to come when a crime is being committed. Sorry commander but lying Yao the public is shameful. How many times have copeps been called to the center on halted but no report is ever made . Crime is only getting worse and you commander have no clothes

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    1. Then the crime is not being reported at all. Do not blame the Police if this is the case

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  2. He's part of the problem. CPD is a highly insular agency dedicated to ptotecting and preserving the status quo at all costs.
    It abhors innovation and transparency but clings to clout, nepotism, and friends.
    Why do so many children of bosses do so well in CPD?

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  3. Oh, dear God. Another commander using the word "perception." Yep, all these horrific crimes that have occurred recently and have been reported by CWB and DNA are just .... a perception. Yep, he actually said "crime is down." And warm weather is coming with the usual increase in crime. Oh, I do, I do, I do have a perception! I perceive ... that ... We. Are. Fucked!

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  4. Rahbo used the "crime is down" slogan in his first term while he cheated on Metadata, redefined what constitutes a robbery, etc. In his 2nd term, it has blown up in his face. The gangs are out of control.

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  5. This information is so important & the fact that there are 99 fewer police than 2011 is the problem!!! Where can this be published to get a wider audience?

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  6. Marc Buslik speaks only the CPD line. He's a good guy but is a ladder climber. He'll never speak against the CPD. And that's the problem. You can never get the truth from these Cmdrs.

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    1. Go and speak to a PO when you see them. See what their thoughts are

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  7. I hope you read this blog Commander. Your name will change from Buslik to Bootlick if you keep up the BS.

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  8. So Buslik believes his department's biggest challenge will be fighting the "perception" that crime was increasing rather than fighting crime itself? What a bureaucratic a-hole.

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  9. So the commander's numbers are lower than Compstats and Compstats is already notoriously low in comparison with reality. Head, meet ground.

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  10. I'm gonna struggle REALLY hard to remain respectful here.
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    Commander:
    Although I do not know your record, thank you for your service.
    All of recognize the political (and pension-related) realities here. You're toward the end of your career. You work for a mayor who'd give the current president a damn good run in the 'Vengeful Narcissist' category. So you're in a difficult place. We understand.
    But sir, we're going to ask that you not dishonor yourself and disrespect everyone here with more than a shoe-size I.Q. That 'Crime is Down' shit is a lie. It is not going to sell here. Don't do that.
    Don't make yourself Into a dishonorable stooge. Not now. Not ever.

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  11. I think the downside to giving policemen such rich benefits is they are only motivated to maintain the status quo. Look at Buslik's opulent uniform - is he a servant of the people, or a tin pot potentate?

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    1. The CPD recruitment posters on the El state that the starting salaries for cops in Chicago is $72,000. I can't believe that!

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  12. Why stay respectful, when he serves up such typical city hall propaganda? The safety of our families is at stake, and that's more important to me. I've lived in this community for 20 years. How long has Buslik lived here? Who is he to judge whether long-term residents' "perception" is correct? He was handed that BS line from the mayor's office and this neighborhood is too intelligent to fall for it. Sorry.

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  13. Buslik should give a call to Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris and ask for some tips on how to talk to the public, and how to run the district, too.

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  14. I'm so glad I got out of Chicago! It's just a turnstile of criminals there. Like Batman where all the convicts are just let go without serving any of their time.

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  15. I am thrilled to live near Brownsville, TX---much safer than Chicago---by the way, CMDR---it's "doing well." Grammar is as good as your crime control, I see.

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