Saturday, June 17, 2017

SOURCE: Local Cop, Security Contractor Eyed In CPD Inquiry

The Chicago Police Department has opened an inquiry into the relationship between a 19th District police officer’s private security firm and the department’s own operations, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The probe is focused on the years that Officer Thomas J. Walsh worked in the 19th District CAPS office handling complaints about local bars and firms while his private security company was receiving over $200,000 a year from area establishments for private security services, the source said.

CWBChicago raised questions about the department’s ethics policy and potential conflicts of interest with Walsh’s private and public employment in a report on June 7.

The CPD inquiry was launched “in an abundance of caution,” the source said while declining to go into the “specifics of a pending investigation.”

Separately, Walsh’s firm is being looked at by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which oversees security firms in the state.

IDFPR is looking into licensing issues as well as Walsh's compliance with “other matters,” a source said.


Meanwhile, Walsh took a moment on Friday to renew his license to work as a security contractor in the state. As we reported this week, he had been operating on an expired license since June 1.

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21 comments:

  1. Only in Chicago (where politicians regularly represent developers, etc. who do business with government) can a police officer sell private security services to businesses he is supposed to protect. "abundance of caution"!! Its a major conflict of interest plain and simple everywhere but here.

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    1. Protect, he has never protected anything but his own interests.

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  2. CWB - Making a difference for the better!
    Thanks for being on it folks. And thanks for not clogging up traditional news outlets with your verified facts. They have so much ass kissing to do and ad space to sell, there just isn't time for investigative journalism.
    PS: fudge you Tunney, Rahm, Foxx, Dart, Rauner,...and let's not forget Luckman

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  3. Great reporting on this issue, CWB. You and the Second City Cop blog are the only real news sources in the city.

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    1. They're the two places I check every morning. Why bother with the other outlets for local news?

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    2. 100% Agreed. Thank you for your diligence.

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  4. I friggin' LOVE this. Every bit.
    First, congratulations and kudos CWB. This is the best series to arrive since Novak and Fusco dragged a tiny shard of justice out of Richie Vanecko for killing David Koschman.
    Next, this is....an inquiry launched out of a what...abundance of caution??? I laughed so hard I think I lost a lung. What a pile of shit. How about this instead, "...out of an abundance of cover my ass..."
    What a sewer. And a lousy one at that!

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  5. @ Anonymous June 17 9:18:00AM, re: fudge Tommy:

    You're too kind. But he is the sticky bun man. I shudder to think of fudge getting on the sticky buns. : /

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    1. Enough. You all elected this TOMfoolery numerous times just "because".

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    2. another homophobic comment not screened... I'm sure this will be though.

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    3. Homophobic. Hmm. Not seeing it.

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  6. How is there a "N" to never disciplined? Are CPD matters not relevant? I assume no comment or change with the Halsted Business Alliance.

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    1. The "N" refers to no discipline against his state security contractor license.

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  7. Officer Walsh was very helpful to us with a property matter with our Buena Park building.
    We met him at a CAPS meeting and, frankly, he was the only one there who seemed interested in our dilemma and did the follow up he promised. Our problem is now solved. Officer Walsh is AOK in our book!

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    1. None of which has anything to do with the focus of these inquiries. Let's raise the bar a bit, Rosemary.

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    2. Rosemary sounds like a nitwit

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    3. That intentionally vague description of a "property matter" makes one wonder why it couldn't have been handled by legal means through proper channels, rather than requiring the services of a crooked cop.

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    4. Ok Rosemary. So long as you got want you want, all this business about following the law really shouldn't matter at all.
      Good plan.

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  8. You got it Rose! Let's reward Walsh w a $200,000 annual completely conflicted security contract. Or a hand shake, a shot and some singles for tipping at the Shoe. Just let the security know a head of time that he is coming in.

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  9. Sounds legit rosemary.... thanks for the detailed explanation.

    Officer Walsh tarnishes the badge he wears. Our community is worse off for it, yet Walsh 'security' collects money from businesses because crime is up. Gee it almost seems like a protection racket.

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  10. Beware. This is how they do it. Its worked for years. Open an investigation out of an " abundance of caution " when someone gets close to the scam. Then nothing happens and no problems are found a year later f somene remembers or happens to ask. These people are very good at this game. We have to be better and not let it go.

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