Saturday, July 23, 2005

Units and manpower

In the post titled "Rumors..." there were a number of comments about the Superintendent being displeased about the Traffic Specialists filing a grievance to receive D-2A. We confess to having missed it, but delegating "fatality" investigations to the detective areas seems implausible as the detectives are also shorthanded and their clearance rate for major index crimes is nothing to write home about. Why burden them with traffic investigations? Can anyone point us to this order?

Also, it seems every specialized unit in the city is way down manpower. We have a theory on this and would like to hear some input into it. UNDERSTAND THIS PLEASE, WE ARE NOT SLAMMING OLD TIMERS. Read on.

For many of these jobs where you had to take a test that was Pass/Fail only, seniority was the ONLY deciding factor after you passed. There was never a numerical ranking like for detective, sergeants or lieutenants. For units like B&A, Crime Lab, and MAIS, and ETs, entire units were made up of guys with 28 and 30+ years on the job. We are not saying these guys didn't earn it, but we are saying that this was short sighted on the part of the department. When the state passed the pension bill that allowed us to retire (max pension) at 28 years instead of 31, the department and the D units were caught short. Very short. We are not exaggerating when we say that literally HUNDREDS of years of police experience was wiped off of the boards and no one downtown gave it a thought, until the clearance rate started to bottom out and units like MAIS and Crime Lab couldn't handle normal weekend workloads.

Anyone have a remedy for this situation? If you don't mind posting it, we won't mind stealing it, selling it as our own, and maybe getting a gold star out of the deal.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cline is way to busy attending church and giving big hug’s to fix the real problems of this department like man power shortages and fixing the snail like process of promotions for blue shirts. Even if your in the top 10% on a promotion list it could take 3 or 5 years to get promoted, that’s just crazy!

7/24/2005 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know, we need more camera's on pole's!

7/24/2005 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous leftisthebest said...

The problem is the city refuses to fill all the manpower spots which are allocted by the city to save funds. Fill these spots with patrol officers and then there can be more promotions in the other spots.

Recently I've heard quite a few people who have been of leave of absence for an extended period have been called down to the Ivory Tower and told to come back or resign. Anyone else hear this?

A final point, and I believe our esteemed moderator didn't mean to slam old-timers. Yet, if we take away the perks for guys with alot of experience then we are striking away at the benefits of an union.

With recent events at City Hall perhaps it will return to the legit and go by test scores. (Okay wishful thinking on my part).

7/24/2005 04:53:00 AM  
Blogger sharky said...

It's been going on for close to 2 years now where anyone asking for a leave of absence is being told no unless they have some heavy clout or unless they claim it under the Family Medical Leave Act.
As far as old timers oon the job and test results, any job opportunity test and subsequent promotion should be by test score. A disservice is done to the union and the department as a whole when you don't promote the most qualified people. The most qualified people are not always the ones with the most time on the job, although with their years of experience, "old timers" should have a leg up on younger officers

7/24/2005 06:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until the editorial boards of the Tribune, and Sun Times focus on areas of crime other than homicides nothing will change. The only thing that counts is reducing homicides.

7/24/2005 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

The homicide rate is perilously close to matching last year's rate. We are down only 9 total homicides year to date as of 12 Jul. No more double digit percentage reductions. It's strange how the Tribune last week said that the only districts with increases in violent crimes were 11 and 20. Perhaps, but how many districts have higher totals of violent crimes? Quite a few. Could it be that if the crime started going up in a district that the department pledged to clean up, it would make some people look bad? How about those districts where the raw totals are higher than 011 and 020? Nothing was promised to them, no example was made of them, so no loss??? Those districts need the help also. Oh heck, all districts and units are understaffed, except TRU.

7/24/2005 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Garda said...

Patrol is so short a southside watch commander advised two of his lads to hit the medical because he could not grant time off because of the district commanders policies. The guys were going to a wedding of a family member.

Where is Donahue? He is just as evil as the previous FOP administration. With the scandals at city hall you would think Dollars Donahue would be fighting for the little guy in patrol. Donahue could star in the INVISIBLE MAN or FLASH GORDON tv shows. He is one the Clay people disappearing in the walls, no where in sight. At least the firefighters have the wrap around clause in their contract. Your passed over on the list, your notified and promoted with in the next two classes. You want to be promoted forget it. Go and get clout. The Sergeants association is probably fifty percent merit sergeants. In the detective division all the merit dicks get the inside jobs, as evidence coordinators, desk personell, or violent crimes right away. The new dicks without clout end up in Youth or Robbery. Be a merit and you can work in the Fugitive Apprehension unit or the COLD CASE Squad. Always save the promotional lists published in the CO books.. Why doesnt the City Post the promotional lists like they do in New York, LA, Philedelphia, and Boston. Where or Where is Mark and the FOP? Is Mark going to be a merit Sergeant soon? Remember you heard it here first.

This was the greatest department in the world at one time, but all we are now led by Patronage Hacks.

7/25/2005 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said it Garda. From you're post it sounds like you're an old-timer. Remember when the radios were in the squads?

7/25/2005 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

garda remembers when you threw a crook in a cave and chiseled the word "JAIL" over the openeing

7/28/2005 05:53:00 PM  

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