Saturday, April 15, 2017

19th District Police Staffing Still 18% Below Promised Level

When city officials announced that the 19th and 23rd police districts would be merged in October 2011, they promised that there would be no reduction in officers on the street and no cutbacks in service.

Despite those promises from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman, 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith, and 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar, the joined district's staffing level remains 18% lower than before the merger.

Of the many aldermen whose wards are protected in whole or in part by our district, only 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack urged caution about the plan in 2011.

The merged 19th District spans from Fullerton Avenue to Lawrence Avenue and from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan. 

While that area was protected by 468 cops in October 2011, only 384 officers patrol it today, according to data from the Chicago Police Department.

While off of its low-point of 326 officers in October 2015, the area is still significantly understaffed, according to cops who work the district.

Most officers on day shifts patrol alone as do about half of the evening shift officers, according to patrolmen who spoke with CWB Chicago recently.

So, while alderman will continue to brag about the district getting "more" officers, just remember the truth: Manpower is still down sharply. And you can blame the aldermen and the mayor for allowing it to happen.

Kinda like the kid in school who steals your lunch and then expects you to thank them when they "share" one of your potato chips with you.

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11 comments:

  1. so we are 80 police under staffed for year 2011 and crime went way up and you always need more in the future so we actually need even more than 80 more cops for this area. Tom Turkey never remembers year 2011 notice that him and the commander only mention like 3 years ago

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  2. And of course, many of our officers sit in front of Rahm's hours all day long, so the number of officers protecting citizens is down more than 18%.

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    1. His son might have to make another phone call to his "college counselor" at 10pm in the alley. Give the poor ballerina a break!

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  3. I hope the trolls over at DNAinfo read this article. The facts scare a few and enlighten the rest of us.

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    1. I appreciated the manpower analysis from DNA and other news outlets recently. Those are real. Invest and show the problems out city has overall. Do we really think 19 needs more officers than districts with shootings daily? We need more all over the city but have to work together as a city too.

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    2. Rahm Emanuel has allowed the police department to lose thousands of officers. Yes, we do deserve more manpower. And, yes, other neighborhoods do, too. We're not going to shut up about it because that's exactly what the elected officials who approved this boondoggle want us to do.

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  4. Every time you go to a caps meeting make sure you thank the alderman and the mayor!

    And please be sure to vote them in again they've worked wonders for our ward and the city overall.

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  5. I think it's interesting that you expect these alderman to communicate with this blog given the angle you always take... Take whatever angle you want but don't whine when they won't play along.

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    1. It's our job to ask the questions, whether they want to answer or not. Believe it or not, many aldermen communicate with us regularly. We will continue to ask questions of our elected officials and we will continue to print their answers fairly and report when they do not respond.

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    2. Who's whining?
      I complain like mad when TommyT and Mr Social work and MichelleDN fail to weigh in here. Because they never do!
      Seems like, if you've got a position on some of the issues....maybe you should let people know about it.
      Instead, what do we get? Nothing. Nothing at all.
      That says plenty to me - about leadership and about cowardice too.

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    3. Using your logic, the only citizens who should expect communication from elected representatives are those who support those representatives?
      Well given the current status...I guess you got what you asked for. Great.

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