Friday, July 21, 2017

GETTING PLAYED: Town Hall District Loses 12 More Cops In July; Alderman Calls It "Disturbing"

Officers assigned to 19th district by month | CPD
The 19th Police District lost 12 more cops this month, taking the district’s force to its lowest point since April 2016.

New data from the city shows that 363 cops are currently assigned to the area, down from 375 last month and well under the 468 officers who worked here before the city started slashing service under Mayor Rahm Emanuel in October 2011.

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Local Alderman Tom Tunney voted in favor of the city’s massive property tax hike plan in 2015 after (he says), Emanuel promised to raise the local force to a minimum staffing of 376 cops—-still well short of the level that used to protect the area.

It's looking more and more like he—and local residents—are getting played.

The effects of short-staffing are evident. As we post this report, the district is in its 67th known “RAP" of the year.

RAP is lingo for Radio Assignments Pending. Chicago’s police dispatchers declare RAP status whenever a district has no police officers to handle incoming emergency calls.

Yesterday morning, a Boystown robbery victim's call for help sat unassigned for 20 minutes because no cops were available to help.

One 19th District resident is not suffering, though. The mayor.

He's Got The Beat

Police patrol areas are called "beats" and they usually cover dozens of city blocks and are assigned one police car.

But Chicago Police Department beat #1926 is different. Beat 1926 protects one city residential lot at 4228 North Hermitage.  The mayor's house.

Whether there's anyone home or not, beat 1926 is served by no less than six police officers and a sergeant. 24 hours a day. Seven days a week. 365 days a year.

At any given time, about 7% of our district's on-duty manpower is dedicated to protecting the mayor's real estate.

The Town Hall District stretches from Fullerton to Lawrence and from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan, making it one of the largest districts in the city geographically and by population.

Tunney today said he has found “a disturbing trend with decreases in manpower” at Town Hall.

Oddly, though, the alderman was not “disturbed” when the staffing level began falling from 468 cops.

His only major public effort to stem the tide came when public outrage became deafening, and the district’s staffing bottomed out at 326 cops.

Now that is disturbing.
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40 comments:

  1. Please remember.....
    It's Tunney
    - AND Jimmy 'No, really, I'm still alive' Cappleman
    - AND Michelle 'Do Nothing' Smith

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  2. The disturbing part of the story is our idiot for an alderman and his negotiating skills. Hey Tommy how do you feel being Rahm's rent boy?

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    1. Homophobia is vulgar - or worse. Shame on you.

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    2. Homophobia is vulgar - or worse. Shame on you.
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      Still not homophobia. You're certainly trying to find it.

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    3. There's plenty of homophobia on this blog. Look up 'rent boy' and then deny it again.

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    4. Oh, we're well aware of what a rent boy is. That doesn't make the term homophobic. In fact, a major site for finding rent boys was long called..."RentBoy dot com." You're putting your brain through a lot of twists and turns. Relax. The world is not out to get you.

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  3. We're not getting any more officers any more than our daughters are going to grow up and become princesses. It's a fantasy folks. Chicago is not getting any more cops as long as Rahm is mayor, and he may just be unbeatable in 2019.

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  4. Tommy is the district buffoon. He's showing all this "concern" all of a sudden so it will tie into his little neighborhood walk tonight at midnight. He's only staging it, like the last community neighborhood walk, for the press and photo ops. Fat lot of good this will do. Useless! Spineless!

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    1. When exactly was Tunney's poor attempt for neighborhood photo op for this walk at midnight? Point I ask is there was a ton of Walsh security Company wanna-be police impersonators were out in dozens in full force in areas I've never seen them stand before including their private security company fake police car with police emergency blue lights inside and inside grill, which is against state law if not an official city agency car. It appears the investigative multi-part series of CWB exposing this company for all their BS, nonsense and ethical concerns has made T W even more profit in this neighborhood and they expanded out far west of Halsted too. The clouted and connected people in this city don't let any tragedy go to waste, shameful how this city functions. incompetence, reckless behavior and greed is met with reward in Chicago

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  5. I agree that Tunney is disturbed.

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  6. Ergo, private security patrols magically appear...to fill the void that CPD used to occupy

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  7. Oh, you mean " Little Tommy one note". ? ? ? I love his little song . . Yes, Mr. Mayor - Yes, Mr. Mayor

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  8. tom t, for anyone who has worked with him, is a model of self-involved, who-cares, i-gotta-paycheck-and-under-the-table-money scumbaggininess. nothing he says or does should be a surprise. he's going to jettison chicago with a good haul of graft payments in his bank and never look back.

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    1. Speaking of which, this reminds me ... whatever became of that Walsh "investigation?" I'm sure Tunney had his sticky fingers in that somehow.

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  9. I listen to the scanner channel 460050 our district and some times we only have 3 police barely answering the calls all over the neighborhoods. RAP is almost every day occurrence daily. This is how Rahm deals with crime less police.

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    1. Yes, we listen sometimes too on Friday and Saturday evenings when we're safely locked into our home. Entertaining, but extremely disturbing at the same time.

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  10. I'm a 019th district police officer currently assigned to the afternoon shift. Recently, I brought a couple bills with me to drop in a mailbox at work. We were so busy with jobs that I wasn't able to mail them for two whole days. This means that we've been so backed up that I seriously wasn't able to take one minute out of my day to drop something in a mailbox. Due to the long delays in response time, I'm starting to feel uncomfortable meeting with citizens who've called as I feel we're not responding in a reasonable time span.

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    1. Thank you for your service, Officer! I am a member of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and I also donated to provide a vest for an Officer paid in full. The city officials do not appreciate everything our Police Officers do on a daily basis. I applaud you and your fellow Officers. Thanks!

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    2. The law-abiding citizens, residents and businesspeople of 019 UNDERSTAND and we appreciate everything that you men and women do. We UNDERSTAND the crappy situation with staffing and response times. We DO NOT fault any of you whatsoever. We are appreciative beyond words of what you-all do. The problem is way up the "food chain" with the morons who don't understand or don't care about proper staffing ... you know, the Rahms, the Cappelmans, the Tunneys, the Smiths, those people! THANK YOU!!!!!

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    3. I appreciate the officers of 019, but the idiocy is out of your control and you're doing the best that you can with limited resources. CPD leadership, the City Council and the Mayor are to blame.

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  11. The only things disturbing are Cappelman and Tunney. If there's anyone running against them, farther left or farther right, I don't care...I'm ready to help get out the vote.

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  12. Awwww, poor little Tunneys "crime walk" was cancelled last night just because of the threat of a few raindrops (that never really materialized.) Poof, there goes his photo op with TV cameras rolling. And now the inhabitants of that sad little Take Back Lakeview Facebook group are all up in arms because CWB and its readers prefer to tell it like it is, the truth, rather than sugar coat it like they do in that other group. Yet a few of them have no problem cutting and pasting every one of your originally researched articles, word for word, on their forum. Then if someone dares to comment, they get "moderated."

    What we actually need is less lying from government officials, and to hold these people to some level of accountability for this unprecedented unacceptable level of law enforcement staffing in a neighborhood where taxpaying constituents get a lot less than we pay for! And to know that so many personnel are assigned to protect His High Hoiliness, King Rahm, is staggering.

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    1. I agree, that group on Facebook is as useless as Tunney himself! A good discussion would get going, and then a moderator would close threads down. And one lady keeps posting about her "observations" during some police station visit she had, or some such nonsense, like she's an all-knowing officer of the law now. I left the group as have many others just because it's so restrictive. Write something that goes against what they believe it, you then get trashed and the thread is locked, but their comments are still there for the world to see. Disgraceful, but not at the same level of the piss-poor police staffing in 019.

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  13. Stop for a moment and ask if any of the other aldermen are different than Tunney. They are all the same.

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  14. When I worked there Rahm's detail had 1 cop in the command post (fire station), 1 in front of the house, 1 in back and 1 roving (Ashland/Ravenswood; Irving/Montrose) after the kid got robbed. If it's still the same then that's 4 per watch minimum.

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  15. What makes me laugh is reading all these comments about the alderman but yet everyone keeps voting them back into office? why? are we afraid to make change? change is what we need...the ayor doesn't give a shit..he hyou voters wake up?as 24 hr security, your propery taxes go up, we now pay for garbage pick-up, less police than ever in this city, crime is way up and yet YOU vote him in. When you do you voters wake up? unless you make changes, then stop complaining and just let the crime keep happening afterall it is the norm now.

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    1. In ward 44, the current alderman was voted in largely (if not solely) because he was/is a gay man, and that is probably the reason he will be re-elected. Too many people who live in ward 44 are still in pollyanna mode, thinking it's a wonderful la-la land., You wouldn't believe how many people have never heard of this forum and have never even thought about crime in the neighborhood, because they are completely unaware of EVERYTHING. It's all about the drink specials and the meat cruising and the bars and clubs and idiocy. Those are some of the reasons the current alderman will be re-elected. Shame!!!!

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    2. Old Saying: you can't beat somebody with nobody. Who we got?

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  16. You can write down at least 40 PPO's [Probationary Police Officers] over three shifts, as they never count in manpower reports because they are NOT assigned to 019, PPO's are only detailed to 019 Police District which means they can get pulled out instantly and are worthless in fighting crime, for fear of getting instantly fired by the city for any reason and NOT protected under union contract!

    Actual assigned Police manpower in 019 District, is more around 310 Police Officers, after more recent promotions, retirings and transfers out!

    019 District Officer!

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  17. 6 officers per shift at the mayors house ? ? ? That's 18 officers not available for answering calls for help in the district each day. What about when these officers have a day off or are on vacation? I guess more officers are taken off patrol to fill the void. Must be nice to be king . . . . .

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    1. If we voted for someone outside this district, would that mean that the officers currently assigned to his residence would be freed up and available? Perhaps that's the best way to ensure an increase of officers?

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    2. You forgot to mention the number of Officers that Drive his kids to school ( in Hyde Park ? ) and pick them up in the afternoon plus the crew that takes Mrs. Mayor on her daily errands run . . .

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  18. Amen to so much of what was said in the comments above.

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  19. CWB! Check into the officers who sit in the "Command Post" and watch Rhams cars 24/7/365 also!

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  20. Was there a clause in the property tax hike to roll back if the promises were not met? I assume that was a smoke screen to pillage and punish residents for the mismanagement of our city.

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  21. I live in a neighborhood that has zero police patrols, the closest police station is 12 miles, and we have no crime. Oh, wait... I live in western Colorado, where, despite the liberal attitudes, not even the weed-smoking leftists will put up with flagrant violent crime sullying their picturesque communities.

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    1. How do they stop it? Fill us in.

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  22. Alderman Cappleman recommends joint a "phone tree" and calling 911 more often so he can use this flood of intentionally duplicitous calls to "work with..." the Mayor and CPD to assign more manpower to the district.

    That is it...that is all Cappleman has got for ya. The CAPS meetings in Sheridan Park lately are nothing but group anxiety sessions, even many of his supporters and voters have had enough, you just can't tell the same people the same bullshit line over and over and expect them to believe in it.

    When people say..."but I called 911 and no police ever came"...Cappleman just informs them that police are often in civilian cars so they were probably there. Its his polite and honkey-dorey way of saying...F'k U.

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  23. Rahm only promised to raise the number of officers on 019 to 375, which he did. He didn't say anything about not reducing them again afterward! Silly Tom Tunney. So easily manipulated, yet so easily re-elected.

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  24. How much would it cost to get CWB and an artistic lovely advertisement on it advertising Crime In Boystown Blog featuring a cool graphic and web address. Just for a few weeks would be great to expose the problem that Tom Tunney is ignoring all of us, and 19th police District Commander pushes off Officer Tom Walsh who continues to run CAPS duties as a police officer despite his internal IAD investigation alleged 60 day suspension. Soon his 25+ company crew of wanna-be cops in security outfits portraying "real off-on duty" cops, let's see some real transparent data how many are real, authentic, legit police? Don't believe anyone until you get the real story and verify info yourself. I'd love for CWB get an estimate about the corner of Belmont and Halsted on the southwest corner of what is would cost, and request money in donation jar. People, I know lots of wealthy donors who are sick of Tunney and the b.s. politics of Chicago and its shady aldermen who don't have a damn backbone to stand up against the thug robbers and such violently attaching real people with real jobs and real taxpayers. Its not right. It needs to stop. Lets get that banner up on that billboard, and CWB can earn it in their tip jar. Trust me I know its possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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