Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chicago Police “Overwhelmed, Understaffed” Says Gold Coast Alderman

Police resources will be front and center in the city's 2018 budget, said Ald. Hopkins (top) and Ald. Reilly
By Steven Dahlman (email), Loop North News

Slow police response, sometimes no response at all, is ‘unacceptable,’ says 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, and he will ‘fight for additional patrol officers’ in the 18th police district.

When a dead body washed ashore on Montrose Dog Beach in late August got the response of Chicago Fire Department but not police, it was because “they didn’t have enough patrol officers to respond” to 911 calls from numerous people, 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins says.

Hopkins calls it “unacceptable” and says he will “fight for additional patrol officers” in the 18th police district, located between the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and Fullerton Avenue.

Six police officers have recently been added to the district, according to Hopkins, though research by CWB Chicago shows that between September 2016 and June 2017, the number of police officers in the 18th district declined by 21. The 19th District, north of Fullerton, lost 15.

“Six is better than zero,” said Hopkins. “The fight goes on. This is a difficult thing but I believe right now it’s the best thing that we can do to help increase patrols in our neighborhood, help reduce some of the increase in street crime that we’re seeing.”

Calling 911, says Hopkins, particularly on a Friday or Saturday night, does not guarantee that police will show up.

“You’re not assured that you’re going to get a response from Chicago Police Department because they are overwhelmed, they are understaffed, they’re doing their best to keep up with the demand that’s happening,” said Hopkins.

He says as members of the city council’s budget committee, he and 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly will work to get more patrol officers into the city’s 2018 budget.

Reilly, whose ward includes the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and much of River North—says he is “lobbying the police department very hard” to get more police deployed in the 18th district but “all 50 aldermen play tug-of-war for police resources.”

In the meantime, Reilly says new city security cameras will soon be added in two spots on McClurg Court, about a block from the underpass to Ohio Street Beach, where a 25-year-old woman was fatally shot on June 18.

Skyline image by Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands via Wikimedia Commons
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  1. What happened to those 1,000 police officers the Mayor said were coming?

    1. They came, however more than that left, retired or got fired. How many are in medical or on suspension?

  2. 1000 hell they need 3000 non have been replaces in over 3 years. We need a new Mayor

  3. Give this Alderman credit for being the only North Side one who had the balls to open his mouth.

  4. and Rahm's latest budget? new taxes and CTA, CPS pension spending. CPD... make due.

  5. More cameras? Given the fact that not all of the existing cameras are monitored 24/7, a lot of good that is going to do. Just more bullshit from the ballerina boy to placate the masses, while the city continues to slide in a death spiral.

  6. What the hell are you paying for there? I could no longer justify it.

    I'm rather amazed at the additional exodus from the city over the past year, including a gay couple that seemed to be quite integrated with the Boystown community. And they weren't that old to be leaving for a "quieter" lifestyle yet in my opinion. That says alot.

  7. Shame Tom Turkey does not have enough mouth to tell Rahm removing our police had ruined our evening restaurants and stores businesses moving/ closing for the evenings because alderman Tom Turkey wants to softly treat/ delicate ballance non customer violent career criminals a safe place to rob us tax paying citizens. Vote Tom And Rahm OUT of Chicago we cannot do any worse that we already are

  8. The overtime budget is sky high because the city offers it to us. Most of us will work extra if offered. Quit complaining about a problem you created Rahm. Sure hire 1000 young people, but 950 old timers (me included) retired. I love this City but you have to quit blaming the Police for everything.

  9. Lakeview residents have been screaming this for years. Now, these two are too. Who’s gonna get the attention? Time for Tunney to scream loudest. Fat chance.

  10. Imagine how overwhelmed the citizens feel--so much so they are rushing for the burbs or other states.

  11. 13,535 officers by the end of 2018.
    THAT's what was promised (on the back of that gigantic property tax increase).
    Remember? http://abc7chicago.com/news/cpd-announces-plan-to-hire-nearly-1000-new-officers/1520303/
    Anybody wanna bet on that??
    I'll give you 5:1 against it. Even including those provisional hires that have completed training.

  12. Reilly likes to tell us about all the fancy highrises going up in his ward, but doesn't seem to care that 018 is down 21 officers from last year.

  13. Hey STOOGES!!!!
    Thanks again for your leadership.
    What's really going on here?
    Hopkins' and Reilly's overlords (commercial real estate owners and the developers) have finally had enough. Even with the boosted patrols along Michigan. They're getting hit in the pocketbook. So....a couple of phone calls to aldercreatures from 'important constituents'. And presto - action.
    The rest of us?
    Well we've got Tunney and Smith and... (searches recent obituaries again)...I guess Mr Social Work Jimmy Cappleman is still 'with us'. Pretty hard to tell.
    So, we get the big FU. We paid the bills. We get no leadership. Bupkis. Zero.