Hey, everyone. Yesterday morning, I recieved a comment from a cop who works for the CPD. I'm sure you're all like, 'oh my god, CPD's gonna say something about Timmy blogging!'. But no, this cop actually supports me. I know him from Craig Gernhardt's "The Broken Heart Of Rogers Park" blog. We've talked on that blog several times before so I'm convinced he works for CPD. He really seems to know what he's talking about.
Anyway, this cop, who's screenname is Big Daddy on Blogger, left a comment for me yesterday morning under a shooting post about getting more foot patrols. Behind this comment, folks, lays the truth about CPD. In this comment, he tells why there's a shortage (well, obviously, we all know who's the fault for it ... or we should) and how dire the CPD's shortage situation really is.
WARNING: For all of you cop haters out there. I know you're going to flip a can and say nasty things or call my source a liar. But no, this is the truth, and it's tough if you don't like it.
Without further a do, here's the comment:
"Timmy, the problem with posts about people wanting a foot post here or there, more patrols by the officers is this: THERE IS NOBODY LEFT TO DO THOSE THINGS ANYMORE! The mayor has let this department go so far down that it's not even funny anymore. He loses about 500 officers a year due to retirements and then hires about fifty or so to replace them. There is a class in the academy right now that consists of 85 recruits. To replace the hundreds that have retired last year. Now I'm hearing that there will be no more classes for 2010 and 2011!
025 is one of the busiest districts in the city. It is also one of the largest. When I was there it the guys usually went from job to job. There was no time to do aggressive, preventive patrol. Sometimes I didn't even get a lunch break. Compare 025 with lakefront district, say 019 or 020. You will notice that those districts are much smaller, way less busy but yet have the same number of officers as 025! So as much as I'd like to agree with some of the posts about foot patrol and more patroling by the officers assigned to 025, I doubt we will ever see that happen. At least not until we rid ourselves of Daley, Weis and his wannabe members of his command staff that are responsible for all of this."
There folks, now you know the truth. I've been telling you some of this, but it's so much better coming from a cop's mouth rather than mine. Well, folks, the bolded parts of this post is what sticks out the most, I think. I have heard this first hand over the scanner. I hear first hand of all the trouble CPD is going through these days. And all of it is the truth. However, I am shocked by the fact there will be no classes this year or next year. Mayor Daley is out of his mind. So is Jody Weis. They've done it now. I really sympathize with CPD at this point. They shouldn't have to go through all of this.
So, you citizens are saying "it's not our problem" or "what the hell are we going to do about it?" at this point. Well, what I think I should personally do is write a letter to Jody Weis and Daley, expressing anger at those two of the way they're treating our boys in blue. And maybe some of you should, too. I know, I know, there are A FEW bad cops out there (looking at you coppers in 14 and a couple of you in 25) who deserve whatever mistreatment comes their way. BUT, I know for a fact that most of the CPD consists of cops who want to protect and serve us. I've seen it personally. I have met cops who want to do exactly what they get paid for. But the problem is, Jody Weis and Mayor Daley think that's a bad thing and insist on firing cops every chance they get it seems like. You see all the time when a cops shoots someone, they're always right there to say something (especially you, Weis).
Then you got these little teeny boppers and gangbangers who scream racism everytime a cop gets tough. Or these little yuppies claim that cops beat them up for no reason (sorry, my yuppie readers. I'm not talking about all of you. Just the ones who are drama queens when it comes to cops). You know what? Screw that! Let CPD do their job and get off their ass. Seriously. Maybe they wouldn't have to get tough if you just obeyed them.
I personally think this manpower shortage concerns all of us. We citizens need to say something to the mayor and Mr. Weis. And, we need to vote the pig (Daley) out. He's doing nothing for our city anyhow. Stop looking for the cops to defend theirselves when it comes to this. We need to help them out here, I think.
Comments/questions? Send them here. But be warned. This post will be highly moderated. I'm not accepting any hate towards Big Daddy because he always tells me the truth and nothing but the truth. But, if you have any honest questions towards him, please, do ask them here. I may be able to answer some of the questions, but again, I don't work for CPD so I really don't know everything of what they're going through.