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Sunday, September 10, 2017

10 Months After Rahm Promised 1000 More Cops, Chicago Had Gained 37—Most Districts Have LOST Officers

Mayor's Office image of Rahm Emanuel jogging with police recruits in March 2017.
Nearly one year into Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promise to increase the Chicago Police Department force by 1,000 cops, the city had gained just 37 officers, according to data secured by CWBChicago via a Freedom Of Information Act request. And since his promise was made, 17 of the city's 22 police districts have lost manpower, not gained it.

On September 21 last year, Emanuel promised that the city will replace every cop who retires and will further increase the department’s manpower by 1,000 cops overall before the end of 2018.

But the city's own data--comparing manpower on the day of Emanuel's promise with the day of our request for information (July 21)—shows the city is falling far short. Graduations have barely kept pace with retirements and promotions, the numbers show.

Since Emanuel made his promise, Chicagoans have been awash in a seemingly endless river of footage showing the mayor at CPD graduation ceremonies and jogging with legions of new recruits. But, as of July 21, all of the hype had resulted in a net gain of just 37 cops.

Emanuel inspects new police graduates in August 2017 | City of Chicago
Another promise, to increase the number of detectives by 266 is faring better, with the department's three detective divisions increasing by a total of 174 investigators since last September.

Police units that saw the greatest increases in strength were the Area North and Area Central detective units; the recruit training division; and the Area Central Bureau of Patrol.

Ignoring "The Backbone"

But the units that lost the most manpower are largely in what's called the “backbone of policing"—Chicago’s 22 police districts. The district units are on the front line, handling day-to-day patrols and responding to 911 calls.

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In the violence-ripped Englewood District, there are 55 fewer cops than when Rahm promised to add 1,000 officers citywide.  Englewood lost more cops than any other ongoing unit in the entire department, according to the city's data.

And the 10th (Ogden) District lost 38 officers; the 4th (South Chicago) lost 27 and the 2nd (Wentworth) is off by 26.

The 18th District, which protects the heart of Chicago's tourism district between the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and Fullerton lost 21 cops. The 19th District, spanning from Fullerton to Lawrence and the river to the lake, lost 15.

Fewer cops translate directly to slower emergency response times and greater frequency of so-called “RAP” events. RAPS, or “Radio Assignment Pending” status means that a district does not have any police officers available to handle incoming calls for emergency service.

Shuddup About It

But if you’re frustrated with the fact that your local police district is losing cops while politicians keep talking about how many “new cops” there are, don’t bring it up.

Across the city, police commanders—nearly all working with fewer officers than a year ago—have been instructed to shut up about their manpower needs.

At a recent 14th District Community Policing meeting, officers were forbidden to speak about district manpower numbers. Instead, they bounced the question to an alderman who was in attendance. The 14th District serves Logan Square, Avondale, Bucktown, and Wicker Park.

CWBChicago’s FOIA letter sought the department's total manpower by unit on or about September 21, 2016, and on July 21, 2017, for comparison. Our request, filed on July 21, was answered on September 1, two days after CPD says it swore in 182 new cops.

Data: Manpower Changes—September 21, 2016 vs. July 21, 2017

9/20167/2017Change
1DISTRICT 0012922920
2DISTRICT 002351325-26
3DISTRICT 003342321-21
4DISTRICT 004348321-27
5DISTRICT 0053243284
6DISTRICT 006356354-2
7DISTRICT 007439384-55
8DISTRICT 008374356-18
9DISTRICT 009347337-10
10DISTRICT 010363325-38
11DISTRICT 011443432-11
12DISTRICT 012333323-10
14DISTRICT 0142352394
15DISTRICT 015335326-9
16DISTRICT 01622524621
17DISTRICT 017233228-5
18DISTRICT 018339318-21
19DISTRICT 019378363-15
20DISTRICT 02022424420
22DISTRICT 022263251-12
24DISTRICT 024282267-15
25DISTRICT 025345337-8
44RECRUIT TRAINING SECTION30637670
45DISTRICT REINSTATEMENT UNIT231
50AIRPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT SECTION - NORTH122119-3
51AIRPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT SECTION - SOUTH40422
55MOUNTED UNIT2623-3
57DETAIL UNIT556510
59MARINE OPERATIONS UNIT4238-4
60HELICOPTER OPERATIONS UNIT880
79SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT2724-3
102OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS152510
111OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT18180
114LEGAL AFFAIRS SECTION3523-12
115CRIME CONTROL STRATEGIES SECTION24295
116DEPLOYMENT OPERATIONS CENTER66715
120BUREAU OF ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT98-1
121BUREAU OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS8776-11
122FINANCE DIVISION13130
123HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION608424
124EDUCATION AND TRAINING DIVISION16121453
125INFORMATION SERVICES DIVISION7564-11
126INSPECTION DIVISION1310-3
127RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION3530-5
128PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING DIVISION76-1
129MANAGEMENT AND LABOR AFFAIRS SECTION572
130BUREAU OF TECHNICAL SERVICES132
131INTEGRITY SECTION242
133INFORMATION AND STRATEGIC SERVICES462
135COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIVISION10155
136SPECIAL EVENTS UNIT11110
140OFFICE OF THE FIRST DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT15183
141SPECIAL FUNCTIONS DIVISION124-8
142BUREAU OF PATROL1716-1
145TRAFFIC SECTION35361
148TRAFFIC COURT UNIT32-1
153SPECIAL FUNCTIONS SUPPORT UNIT1715-2
161GENERAL SUPPORT DIVISION11110
162RECORDS DIVISION033
163RECORDS INQUIRY SECTION76-1
166FIELD SERVICES SECTION1181213
167EVIDENCE AND RECOVERED PROPERTY SECTION4137-4
169POLICE DOCUMENTS SECTION54-1
171CENTRAL DETENTION UNIT4139-2
172EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY SECTION550
177FORENSIC SERVICES DIVISION5654-2
179REPRODUCTION AND GRAPHIC ARTS SECTION70-7
180BUREAU OF DETECTIVES32364
184YOUTH INVESTIGATION DIVISION65-1
187CRIMINAL REGISTRATION UNIT1312-1
188BUREAU OF ORGANIZED CRIME10111
189NARCOTICS DIVISION349324-25
191INTELLIGENCE SECTION5046-4
192VICE & ASSET FORFEITURE DIVISION4947-2
193GANG INVESTIGATION DIVISION16120342
196ASSET FORFEITURE INVESTIGATION SECTION31310
211BUREAU OF PATROL - AREA CENTRAL13818244
212BUREAU OF PATROL - AREA SOUTH93974
213BUREAU OF PATROL - AREA NORTH103100-3
222TIMEKEEPING UNIT - HEADQUARTERS462
231MEDICAL SECTION14140
241TROUBLED BUILDING UNIT21221
261COURT SECTION5244-8
276OEMC - DETAIL SECTION022
277FORENSIC SERVICES EVIDENCE TECHNICIAN SECTIO778912
311GANG ENFORCEMENT - AREA CENTRAL6766-1
312GANG ENFORCEMENT - AREA SOUTH678316
313GANG ENFORCEMENT - AREA NORTH69723
341CANINE UNIT3933-6
353SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS (SWAT) UNIT65694
376ALTERNATE RESPONSE SECTION176137-39
384JUVENILE INTERVENTION SUPPORT CENTER (JISC)4544-1
393GANG ENFORCEMENT DIVISION470-47
441SPECIAL ACTIVITIES SECTION1713-4
442BOMB SQUAD1513-2
541FOP DETAIL671
542DETACHED SERVICES - GOVERMENT SECURITY18180
543DETACHED SERVICES - MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL55627
545PBPA SERGEANT220
549INSPECTOR GENERAL DETAIL UNIT110
603ARSON SECTION2120-1
606CENTRAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION991001
608MAJOR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION UNIT283810
610DETECTIVE AREA - CENTRAL27435379
620DETECTIVE AREA - SOUTH2442495
630DETECTIVE AREA - NORTH25234290
701PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SECTION123121-2
702CTA SECURITY UNIT32-1
704TRANSIT SECURITY UNIT3934-5
711VIOLENCE REDUCTION INITIATIVE NORTH1211-1
712VIOLENCE REDUCTION INITIATIVE SOUTH1817-1
714SUMMER MOBILE PATROL1031030
720GRANTS SECTION011
Total119481198537