Sunday, June 11, 2017

Neighborhood Patrol Contracted For Cops, Got Some (With A Cubs Security Guard Mixed In)

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A group of Lakeview neighbors who've pooled money to pay for private security patrols learned last week that they weren't getting quite the service that they thought they were.

Leaders of the Barry Ashland Racine Roscoe (BARR) neighbors—named for the four streets that form the edges of their patrol area—met with their security provider after reading our reports about private security efforts in Lakeview.

In an unsigned email to the group, a BARR leader revealed that they had contracted to have "off-duty or retired police officers" patrol their area.

BARR did get real cops, the email said. But they also got a Cubs security guard who is not.

"I was made aware that one of our security officers is not a police officer, but works as a security guard for the Cubs.  He is licensed by the State, but he will no longer be working for us," the email said.

Copies of the email were provided to CWBChicago by multiple sources.

While the non-cop is no longer working on the BARR account, patrol provider Walsh Security is.

Walsh patrols "are doing what we have hired them to do.  Be an extra set of trained eyes and ears watching out for us.” Many neighbors voiced enthusiastic support for the guards’ work, the email said.

The email didn’t address how a non-law enforcement officer was allowed to patrol for BARR when the group "contracted with Walsh to provide retired or off duty [sic] police officer[s]." Nor did it say how long the Cubs guard had been working for them.

But Walsh "assured me that he picked the officers he thought would work best with our detail.  He picked them because he knows them and knows how they work and they know what he expects.  He expects a lot," the leader wrote.

It's not the first time that a local security firm has provided non-law enforcement workers for patrols billed as being staffed by off-duty cops.

In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando last year,  we tried to find out how the city would ensure that Chicago Pride Parade organizers would provide "160 off-duty police officers," for their event.  We couldn't get a straight answer. That evasiveness is what sparked our curiosity, sending us on a year-long investigation of Lakeview's private security patrols.

The BARR email said "Walsh has provided me with all of our officers [sic] professional licenses. They are all licensed by the State, as is Walsh."

BARR did not reply to an email in which we sought comment for this story as well as for an upcoming report.
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19 comments:

  1. Well CWB, it's the beginning of your end with this bad joke.

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    1. If you thought this was funny, just wait until our next one. (But we fail to see the humor.)

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    2. Why would anyone think good reporting is a joke. The big picture is that our neighborhood has so much crime that our tax dollars, that go to CPD, is not enough. As a matter of fact, its not even close. We have to pay for privet security to patrol our neighborhood.It feels like a bandage on a broken arm. As much as we do it isn't enough. As soon as more officers are assigned, just as many are sent out of the district to work or others retire. The whole thing is a disaster. The outsiders that come to commit crime and the people profiting from it. I remember the biggest problem was skin heads at Dunkin Donuts getting loud. Now its armed robbers and car jackings. I'm at a loss !

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    3. Is that a threat ?

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  2. Whats interesting is that as informative, revealing and shocking investigative report into this halsted security company directed by a district 19 police officer is that absolutely nothing will change because he has heavy clout and political connections Can you imagine that any other cop with no connections would have not only lost his current behind-the-desk special assignment within 2 seconds, they would have been stripped of badge and answering 311 calls away from the public a week later. Cops who work the midnight shift working a full 9- hour day every nite driving from call to call, staying outta trouble, not profiting $100k+ a year in questionable private business practices, and not ranting the “N’ word, actually making arrests, taking reports but yet this private security director police officer is not only not held accountable but is rewarded for 10 years sitting in a nice air conditioned office during the summer and heated office during winter !Only in Chicago this can happen becuz if this was any other department though out this country he would have been terminated after half the stuff was uncovered. In Chicago, clouted employees, you are rewarded when others would be investigated and disciplined or maybe fired for same thing and we all wonder why people think this city is so darn corrupt

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  3. Lakeview started out as an independent Suburb of Chicago that was later annexed by the City. Maybe it is time to break away from Chicago and again become independent. It seems ridiculous that for the amount of property taxes that we pay, that we are so disrespected by our Alderman and Mayor and left so short on Police, and infrastructure repair and management. Frankly we are being robbed. The City that Worked, no longer does.

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    1. You would be better off simply moving to a nice North Shore suburb. Nothing will change in Lakeview. The only ways it could would be to stop the Red Line at downtown or hire additional police and implement stop and frisk. Basically you would need to make Lakeview a very unattractive place to be a bad guy or very hard to get to via public transport.

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  4. Excellent and enlightening series on the private security dilemma in Wrigleyville & Boystown. For starters, there should be no need for private security. This District as well as many others, north & northwest are being cheated of sufficient manpower needed by sending that manpower to the south and west sides. The political structure controls you the citizen through the elected politicians, the courts, and the media. Having meetings with them is a waste of time. Start organizing protests on the doors of the mayor, the aldermen, the media. What better way to send the message would be at the Pride Parade from the sidelines with signs and booing of public officals. Spread the word among the neighbors. Obviously no violence. As for the police officer running the private security and working in the same District, there is a glaring conflict of interest. So when is he on the clock for the police department and when running the private security. You can't mix both at the same time. If he keeps the security business and is doing a good job, by all means he should be assigned to another District to avoid conflicts of interest between businesses, citizens and the police department. And the City and the police department need to set parameters on police officers doing security business within the city.

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  5. I work here, your tax's as do mine go to the South and West sides Police protection. Rahm doesn't care about you, he has your vote,(and your tax dollars). You can hate Trump all you want but at least he does what he says. Rauner on the other hand made $180,000,000 last year and he has never created anything. Illinois is screwed.

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    1. I was with you til the 180,000,000 part. Quit talking out of your ass. The politicians are thieves yes, but dont spout lies.

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  6. I've also wondered why they don't change the CTA to be more like Caltrain with zones. One zone would go to the loop, and riding added zones go up in price. I read San Fransisco deterred crime this way; the tracks have since been sold but the same system in place (a lot more expensive to ride there than here).

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    1. That's a really interesting idea!

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    2. Would CTA enforce the fare zones?

      There was a large wilding / robbery incident on San Fran's BART this past April 21. The "teens" know there are no consequences.

      http://m.sfgate.com/crime/article/BART-takeover-robbery-50-to-60-teens-swarm-11094745.php

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  7. We (B.A.R.R.) also got a old dfunked real estate agent - lawyer whom is NOT a off duty / retierd cop as he told me a while back and yet he is currently still on patrol with us, is the rest of (B.A.R.R.) aware of this?

    This man made it clear to me a while ago that he will not risk his life for anyone or put himself in harms way, he will only observe and report, so why is it ok for him to work for us not being a off duty / retierd cop and not the others whom were very accommodating, able bodied, proffessional and very proactive not to be able to work ??

    There seems to be confusion here, there is NO rule / law that Im aware of that says it needs to be a off duty / retierd Cop, its just what we were said to be getting by the Security comany owner. Maybe just maybe all of our Security guys were unaware that they were all being thought to be off duty / retierd cops.. As a matter of fact it clearly says that some are only Security on our private messenger group, we knew some were and some were not, it was not a issuie till this CWB Blog got us inviolved. There is always more then you / we know as well as two sides to every story, just saying, right Kelly ?

    *Side note, Off duty cops or not doing our Security patrol, who cares ?!?!? Just be certified and do the job correctly, just as the guys doing our Security patrol for us already were. Myself and many other residents in (B.A.R.R.) were very happy with them, I say keep the same guys but make WALSH re-do the contract accordingly. I say again: myself and many other residents were very happy with whom we already had, off duty / retierd cops or not, they were awesome, doing a great job, we had a good rapport with them and they made us feel safer. The whole reason for our private Security Patrol was because we could NOT depend on CPD alone to do what needed to be done.

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    1. "there is NO rule / law that Im aware of that says it needs to be a off duty / retierd Cop"
      • 100% correct!

      "its just what we were said to be getting by the Security comany owner."
      • Also correct, according to the BARR email.

      "it was not a issuie till this CWB Blog got us inviolved"
      • Credentials are important, particularly when these folks are patrolling the public way. Working as a security guard in Illinois requires only 20 hours of training. Police officers undergo a minimum of 400 hours of training in Illinois. The differences are real and important.

      "Off duty cops or not doing our Security patrol, who cares ?!?!? "
      • That's up to whomever hires the patrol. You get what you pay for (or at least you SHOULD be)

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    2. Sounds like CWB has no real qualms with what BARR is getting or not getting - it's their contract and $$

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    3. "Sounds like CWB has no real qualms with what BARR is getting or not getting - it's their contract and $$"

      Exactly. We didn't say anything negative about BARR. But a lot of people instantly blame the messenger. Too bad BARR didn't respond to our email. They could've learned about Walsh's licensing issue a long time ago. Welp. We tried and it's their right to ignore us.

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  8. It was just a matter of time before they got caught skimping. You can't handle that much business in Chicago without filling the holes with less than qualified people. You get what you pay for. It all starts with the clients who are worried about the cost. Chicago has the be the cheapest town yet the cost of living is getting out of control. Go around the country and you will pay double for what your getting now. Bottom line everywhere. We need security and want to be safe but lets how cheaply we can get away with it. Does the term "Lowest Bidder" sound familiar?

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  9. the two cops on clark street sit in front of old crow hitting on chicks all night.
    how pathetic

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