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Chicago Police Department Manpower Shortage Latest

“Chicago readers take note: The ‘thin blue line’ that exists in the Windy City will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future. Carry on accordingly.”

Survival And Prosperity, October 3, 2011

With the help of the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop, I became aware several years ago of the manpower shortage going on in the Chicago Police Department.

Subsequently, I started blogging about the situation from time to time.

As shootings in the city march past 2,300 for the year, attention is being drawn to Chicago’s “cop shortage” again. Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website on July 20:

After three shootings this week in a gang-ridden South Side ward that includes Englewood and Back of the Yards, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) is demanding that Emanuel finally make good on his 2011 campaign promise to hire 1,000 additional police officers.

In the meantime, Lopez wants Chicago Police officers now working in pairs for their own safety to get reinforcements from the Illinois National Guard, the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Sheriff’s office or all of the above

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

No DHS or other federal agencies?

On the subject of paying for more police, Alderman Lopez brought up taxes. Spielman added:

When Lopez was asked where he would find the money to hire 1,000 more police officers, he offered to raise property taxes- again.

That’s on top of the $588 million property tax increase approved last fall for police and fire pensions and school construction and the $250 million increase the Board of Education is about to approve for teacher pensions…

Remember what I’ve been saying for years now about new/higher fees, fines, and taxes for Chicagoans?

With news yesterday that the Fraternal Order of Police is urging its members to turn down all requests for “non-mandatory overtime” over the fast-approaching Labor Day weekend, Second City Cop blogged:

It is most certainly is a message to the administration- “Hire more cops!” seems to be what we’re reading. And that’s a perfectly appropriate message to be sending to the city- the Department is badly understaffed

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Spielman, Fran. “Shooting of 6-year-old girl revives demand for 1,000 more cops.” Chicago Sun-Times. 20 July 2016. (http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/shooting-of-six-year-old-resurrects-demands-for-1000-more-cops/). 26 July 2016.

SCC. “OT Boycott Gets Media Coverage.” Second City Cop. 26 July 2016. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2016/07/ot-boycott-gets-media-coverage.html). 26 July 2016.

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 Crime, Debt Crisis, Education, Employment, Entitlements, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Taxes Comments Off on Chicago Police Department Manpower Shortage Latest

Chicago Looks To Tackle Wilding Problem

One needs only to follow local events (Second City Cop blog is my vehicle of choice) the last two years to recognize that Chicago has a wilding problem. So much so that City Hall is now even talking about clamping down on flash mobs/mob actions/mob attacks what have you. Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website Monday night:

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) has a plan to prevent a repeat of the ugly mob attacks that have plagued River North and downtown Chicago the past two summers: moonlighting, uniformed police officers paid for by local merchants.

Reilly wants to let local chambers of commerce, business improvement districts and “special service area” taxing districts hire off-duty Chicago Police officers to supplement regular police patrols…

Reilly’s ordinance, quietly introduced at last week’s City Council meeting, would allow off-duty officers to wear their uniforms while being paid $30 an hour by local businesses to work a minimum of six-hour shifts.

According to Spielman’s article, it sounds like area merchants and the Fraternal Order of Police support the proposed initiative. The City Hall reporter did point out that John Chikow, president of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, said there’s no money available to hire moonlighting CPD officers.

It sounds to me like the Association expects the City to pick up the tab for this program. Does anyone blame them for feeling this way? After all, their members and the revenue they generate are instrumental in keeping this city running.

Alas, this might not be an issue if the Chicago Police Department were operating at full-strength.

Still, it’s nice to see at least one elected official taking the wilding problem seriously. However, the City of Chicago needs to act now before the delinquents hit the streets. Without any additional measures in place this year I suspect 2013 is going to be another bad one for downtown Chicago when it comes to flash mobs/mob actions/mob attacks.

Remember what I blogged way back in May 2011 as all this was escalating:

If City Hall “loses” downtown to the bad guys- or, in this case, bad boys and girls- you lose the tourists, their money, revenue… you get the point.

You listenin’ Rahm?

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Spielman, Fran. “Plan calls for moonlighting cops, merchants’ cash to stop mobs.” Chicago Sun-Times. 18 Mar. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/18939262-418/plan-calls-for-moonlighting-cops-merchants-cash-to-stop-mobs.html). 19 Mar. 2013.

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense Comments Off on Chicago Looks To Tackle Wilding Problem

Chicago Sees ‘Most Violent January In More Than A Decade’

I have a pretty good idea what a number of you will be thinking as you read this post:

How’s that gun “control” working out for you, Chicago?

From John Byrne, David Heinzmann, and Bob Secter on the Chicago Tribune website late last night:

Following the most violent January in more than a decade and the high-profile slaying of a 15-year-old high school band majorette, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his police chief moved closer than ever Thursday to reintroducing the very police strategy they dumped when they took over in 2011.

Emanuel said he would move 200 officers off desk duty to bolster the size of roving teams aimed at suppressing outbreaks of murderous violence that have been on the rise in the city for more than a year.

“The most violent January in more than a decade.”

According to the Crime in Chicago blog yesterday, 44 people were murdered and 160 were shot in the city last month.

Now, back on New Year’s Eve, I noted that at the end of a year in which Chicago surpassed 500 murders (534 according to CIC), the number of beat cops was less than before Rahm Emanuel became mayor.

So, why not just hire more police officers then?

Byrne, Heinzmann, and Secter (sounds like a law firm) added:

The head of the police union said retirements and a lack of new hiring amid tight budget years has reduced the size of the force well below what is needed to keep the streets safe.

“No matter how City Hall slices the numbers or spins this issue, the fact remains we have less officers on the street now than when the mayor was elected,” said Mike Shields, head of the Fraternal Order of Police.

At the news conference announcing his new plans, Emanuel said “you don’t ask the taxpayers to pay for additional cops until you make sure you’re using every cop on the payroll today effectively.”

Personally, I think City Hall is well-aware of the significant, fast-approaching fiscal challenges that are in store for Chicago, so basically “what you see is what you get” could be the case for Chicago Police Department manpower. As things stand, taxes will be going up- significantly- but one has to wonder how much of it will be earmarked for the following, which I blogged about back on August 1:

The “Windy City” has a $25 billion pension crisis that will require property taxes to be doubled by 2015 (from an anticipated $476 million this year to $1.2 billion in 2015) if no changes are made to both retirement benefits and City of Chicago employee contributions.

Remember that $2.98 billion the city received when the Chicago Skyway and parking meters were privatized under former Mayor Richard M. Daley? Only $623 million remains.

The analysis comes on the heels of year-end audit findings that show Chicago is in the midst of a debt crisis, adding $465 million of debt in 2011 to a total long-term debt that’s sitting at just over $27 billion.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Chicagoans- be prepared to bust out those wallets very shortly.

To wrap things up, one sentence in that Tribune piece really stood out for me. Byrne, Heinzmann, and Secter wrote:

But the events of this week show that tragedy can strike anywhere, and calibrating how and where to stretch those resources is difficult in a city with a deeply entrenched culture of violence.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“Culture of violence?”

Sounds like Second City Cop wasn’t too far off the mark with that “Culture of Death” comment the other day.

Watch your six, Chicago.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Byrne, John, Heinzmann, David and Secter, Bob. “Street violence spurs shift in police strategy.” Chicago Tribune. 31 Jan. 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-emanuel-mccarthy-officers-reassigned-20130201,0,7276684,full.story). 1 Feb. 2013.

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Friday, February 1st, 2013 Crime, Debt Crisis, Entitlements, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Main Street, Public Safety, Retirement, Taxes Comments Off on Chicago Sees ‘Most Violent January In More Than A Decade’

Chicago Violence Brings Response From City Hall, Self-Defense Experts

Shootings are up 11 percent from a year earlier in Chicago.

Homicides are up 36 percent.

And as I noted yesterday, the wildings (or flash mobs/mob actions as some also call them) are back.

City Hall’s response?

Hire more police officers?

Nope. Even though rank-and-file Chicago police officers have vented their frustration about a manpower shortage for some time now in such gathering places like the unofficial Chicago Police Department blog Second City Cop, and Fraternal Order of Police spokesperson Pat Camden pointed out on the Chicago Tribune website today:

We’ve had 1,000 officers retire in the last two years. They’ve (the department) hired 150.

Instead, the City of Chicago will pay out overtime to police officers. Jeremy Gorner, David Heinzmann, and Peter Nickeas wrote on the Tribune site this morning:

With homicides soaring so far this year and another bloody weekend in the books, Chicago police intend to announce at roll calls that overtime will be paid to officers working their days off beginning this weekend, according to a department-issued memo obtained by the Tribune.

The communication from First Deputy Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger makes clear that the initiative is targeted at curbing the growing violence. It comes at a time when the city is struggling with budget woes…

Time will tell if this strategy works.


“Victim describes mob attack”
WGN News Video

In the meantime, for those readers concerned about the wildings/mob actions/flash mobs in Chicago (and elsewhere, as 2011 showed it just wasn’t confined to the Windy City), advice from two well-known personal defense personalities in dealing with such life-threatening acts comes to mind.

Gabe Suarez, a decorated veteran of Southern California law enforcement and president of the personal safety training outfit Suarez International, addressed these threats in his Warrior Talk News blog back on June 26 last year. Suarez listed a number of recent incidents, then wrote:

These events have consumed the discussion at most self-defense focused websites in the last few weeks. Accompanying the discussion is the usual hand wringing regarding what to do if one is beset by a gang of thugs bent on your destruction. Well, I have my views on this which will no doubt shock the senses of the Doodley Doo Rights of the gun world.

First, this was not some group of young teenaged honor students. In all cases it was a group of urban thugs. Second, they were not there to practice for their debate on the ills of capitalism. Third, they understand only one thing…violence. So understand who they are and be ready to speak their language…

Suarez went on to prove “language lessons” in the post, which can be read in its entirety on Warrior Talk News here.

Then there’s Michael Bane- journalist, author, and host of a number of Outdoor Channel TV shows such as Shooting Gallery, MidwayUSA’s The Best Defense, and MidwayUSA’s The Best Defense: Survival! In episode #40 of The Best Defense, which aired on the Outdoor Channel on December 28, 2011, Bane, along with other self-defense personalities Michael Janich and Mike Seeklander, guided viewers through different scenarios and solutions to wilding/flash mob attacks.

You can watch the 5 minute 41 second segment on Bane’s DownRange.TV website here.

Stay safe…

Source:

Gorner, Jeremy, Heinzmann, David, and Nickeas, Peter. “Police authorize overtime to help curb rising violence.” Chicago Tribune. 12 June 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-weekend-violence-20120612,0,284106.story). 12 June 2012.

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Concealed Carry Might Not Be Coming To Illinois Anytime Soon

In case you haven’t already heard, Illinois’ neighbor to the north is likely to become the next state to legalize concealed carry. From Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee) on June 21st:

Wisconsin stands on the verge of becoming the 49th state in the country to allow citizens to carry concealed guns, after the state Assembly made a bipartisan vote to legalize that practice Tuesday.

The measure passed 68-27, with 11 Democrats voting in favor of the bill along with the body’s lone independent and all Republicans except Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford), who had wanted stronger legislation. Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) said his vote was mistakenly not counted and he would seek to correct that.

The approval of the bill marks one more piece of long-blocked legislation that Republicans have been able to pass now that they control all of state government. The bill to allow the concealed carry of guns and other weapons such as Tasers passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote last week, so approval in the Assembly sends the bill to Gov. Scott Walker, who supports the measure.

This leaves Illinois as the last remaining state that doesn’t allow legal concealed carry of firearms. Something that doesn’t look likely to change anytime soon as long as the current political structure remains intact. From the Chicago Tribune’s Ray Long on June 22nd:

Gov. Pat Quinn today stood solidly today behind his opposition to allowing concealed weapons in Illinois even though Wisconsin is on the verge of becoming the 49th state with some form of such a law.

“We must ensure the safety of our neighborhoods, and allowing concealed carry does not advance that goal,” Quinn’s office said in a statement. “Our streets need to be safer, and a concealed carry law would put first responders and the public at risk by allowing more weapons – hidden weapons – in public places.”

Long added:

In the House, Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, is a longtime opponent of concealed weapons proposals and said no one is safer by carrying them.

“In fact, by the time they get the gun out, it may well be too late. And to the extent they get the gun out early, they may well be causing pain and harm and damage to a family member,” Currie said.

“We have enough mayhem, enough gun violence without the opportunity for people to carry concealed weaponry on their persons,” Currie added.

Though I applaud Governor Quinn and Representative Currie for their contributions as public servants, it only makes sense to defer to individuals with actual law enforcement experience on this issue if these legislators want to pin their arguments against legal concealed carry on the topics of safe streets and protecting first responders and the general public.

And, as far as I’m aware, these legislators have no experience whatsoever in this area.

From the popular firearm reference guide Gun Facts 5.1:

66% of police chiefs believe that citizens carrying concealed firearms reduce rates of violent crime.

(Source: National Association of Chiefs of Police, 17th Annual National Survey of Police Chiefs & Sheriffs, 2005)

But what about Illinois specifically? According to the pro-concealed carry website ProtectIllinois.org:

The other 49 states recognize that criminals use weapons to commit crimes regardless of restrictions on firearms. Disarming the good people only allows criminals to flourish.

Law enforcement agencies in IL recognize this and support concealed carry legislation: Illinois Sheriff’s Association, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Chicago Police Lieutenants Association, Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association

So, if the majority of police chiefs nationwide and this many professional law enforcement organizations in the state of Illinois recognize the benefit to public safety from concealed carry, what would make state legislators- especially those with limited or no experience in the public safety realm- think they somehow know better? What was that the Fraternal Order of Police National President Chuck Canterbury recently said?:

The real fringe group is the reckless politicians who interfere with law enforcement. I can’t just stand by while politicians grandstand over our issues without understanding the real-world implications.”

Sources:

Stein, Jason. “Assembly passes concealed carry bill, sends to Walker.” Journal Sentinel. 21 June 2011. (http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/124289954.html). 27 June 2011.

Long, Ray. “Quinn stands by opposition to conceal carry in Illinois.” Chicago Tribune. 22 June 2011. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-22/news/chi-quinn-stands-by-opposition-to-conceal-carry-in-illinois-20110622_1_weapons-issue-gun-policy-illinois). 27 June 2011.

Smith, Guy. Gun Facts Version 5.1. Guy Smith, 2009.

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Monday, June 27th, 2011 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Political Parties, Public Safety, Self-Defense Comments Off on Concealed Carry Might Not Be Coming To Illinois Anytime Soon

NRA, Fraternal Order Of Police Cooperating On Gun, Crime Issues

It is one fringe organization.

-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking about the Fraternal Order of Police at a breakfast sponsored by Ladies Home Journal back on May 9, 2007

Back when I was working in city government, every once in a while I would hear a police officer say “civilians shouldn’t own guns.”

Which is ironic, because as much as some in law enforcement (and, by extension, public safety) might want to distance themselves from John Q. Public, the fact remains that police are civilians too. If you have any doubts, just ask the military. Better yet, ask a member of the military police.

Regardless, the general public and civilian law enforcement increasingly find themselves on the same side when it comes to guns and crime. In the June 2011 digital issue of the American Rifleman an article highlighted the ongoing cooperation between the National Rifle Association and the nation’s largest police group- the Fraternal Order of Police. Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, recently got together with FOP National President Chuck Canterbury. Cox wrote:

Cox: “Chuck, it’s great to visit with you. The NRA has been honored to work directly with you and the FOP on issues like the Tiahrt Amendment, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, microstamping and countless others. Our members very much appreciate your support.”
Canterbury: “Chris, it’s not only a pleasure; it’s a duty for us at FOP to support policies that protect our nation’s law enforcement officers— but also protect the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
Cox: “On the Tiahrt Amendment, you showed particular courage. Michael Bloomberg organized his anti-gun mayors to pressure their police chiefs into supporting the release of sensitive firearms trace data. Many big city police chiefs gave in to that. But you spoke up forcefully, explaining that releasing the data would jeopardize investigations and endanger undercover officers. Bloomberg called the FOP a ‘fringe group’ for telling the truth about that.”
Canterbury: “If standing up for officer safety makes the FOP a fringe group, then so be it. The real fringe group is the reckless politicians who interfere with law enforcement. I can’t just stand by while politicians grandstand over our issues without understanding the real-world implications.”
Cox: “You’ve also spent a lot of time reminding members of Congress that FOP members are gun owners who support the Second Amendment. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, you said ‘I take a back seat to no one in my reverence for the Second Amendment.’”
Canterbury: “That’s correct. I meant it then and I mean it now. Our members and your members share many of the same beliefs about guns and crime. Many department chiefs are political, and they go with the anti-gun line, especially in the big cities. But our members in the rank and file know the reality on the streets.”
Cox: “That’s exactly what NRA members in law enforcement are always telling me. And that’s why our legislative agendas often come together.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Source:

Cox, Chris W. “One On One With Chuck Canterbury, National President,
Fraternal Order Of Police.” American Rifleman. June 2011.

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