Thursday, February 14, 2019

With hundreds and hundreds of DUI arrests under his belt, cop retires from Town Hall District

Officer Timothy Walter, DUI specialist in the 19th District, arrives for his final shift on Wednesday. | Captainkane84
It was quite a career for a Chicago cop. Thirty-two years on the job, culminating as the DUI enforcement specialist in the 19th (Town Hall) Police District where he personally took hundreds of drunk drivers off the roads in Lakeview and surrounding areas.

Wednesday night, Officer Timothy Walter hit the road in his SUV for one last tour.

His specialty as a DUI enforcement officer meant that Walter’s personal observations were critical to prosecuting the hundreds (some say thousands) of drunk drivers that he pulled from the roads. As a result, Walter spent more time in court testifying about his personal observations than most cops ever will.

19th District officers salute Walters at the start of Wednesday's overnight shift. | Michael Jacobsen
For years, Walter’s overtime pay for court appearances earned him more than $100,000 annually in addition to his base pay ($96,060 as he bid the department adieu).

In 2016, Walter received more overtime pay than any other city employee: Nearly $148,000.

But that’s a very fair value for the man who pulled more drunks off of Western Avenue (one of his favorite haunts) and Irving Park Road (another favorite) each week than most cops will see in a career.

As Walter eased into his final shift, his fellow overnight cops turned on the blue lights of their patrol cars in front of the 19th District station Wednesday as a salute for his job well-done.
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