Sunday, July 15, 2018

Baloney, Rahm! Mayor Hypes "10 New Officers" In Town Hall District, But Manpower DECREASES AGAIN In July

Exactly one hour before Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped off to lead the Chicago Pride Parade on June 24th, the Chicago Police Department posted a Facebook message. As of that morning “10 new officers” were joining the 19th (Town Hall) Police District. Town Hall’s coverage area includes the entire parade route and all parts of the city between Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, Fullerton, and Lawrence.

Another 90 “new officers” were going to other districts as part of Emanuel’s relentlessly-hyped promise to add 1,000 more cops to the police force by the end of this year.

But there’s a problem.

Despite adding “10 new officers” to the district on June 24, Town Hall has actually lost six more officers, according to the latest manpower numbers from CPD. That follows a loss of 13 officers the month before.

In February, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) told the Sun-Times that Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had promised “more resources by May. … He has made a private commitment to me that I will be happy with the number.”

But the numbers are sliding and, with 366 cops, Town Hall now has 102 fewer officers than it did when Emanuel formed the district by merging two smaller units in a cost-cutting move.

In late 2011, citizens were promised the merger would produce “more cops on the street” and the police superintendent at the time, Garry McCarthy, committed to keeping manpower in place.

And in that February Sun-Times story, police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said CPD would get Town Hall manpower “back to levels prior to when those two districts merged.”
Tunney told constituents in an email Friday that he is “deeply disappointed and frustrated with these [manpower] numbers and will be speaking with Mayor Emanuel about this failing commitment.”

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson “expressed his disappointment in current staffing and remains committed to getting and keeping police officers in the 19th District,” Tunney added.

How strange. The alderman is “disappointed.” The superintendent who promised to get manpower back to pre-merger levels is “disappointed.” Yet nothing is done.

Now that, gentlemen, is disappointing.

In his email, Tunney asked constituents to send emails and phone calls to Emanuel and Johnson. But Tunney's been redirecting complaints to them for nearly a year. We politely suggest that you not waste your time with Emanuel or Johnson. If they were going to listen to constituents, that would have been done by now. Instead, direct your thoughts to Alderman Tom Tunney. And, if the district's manpower is not to your liking by February, vote accordingly.

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