We've noticed an ongoing argument in one of the comment threads regarding CPD vs. Illinois State Police vs. Suburban Departments. A trooper (it appears to be ONE) seems to think CPD is a little rough around the edges. A bunch of CPD thinks that troopers are glorified traffic guys. And a suburban guy says they don't stop to help CPD because they have cameras that might get people into trouble. Bullshit people. A few points:
- CPD is rough around the edges, but it's a rough job. ISP and suburban cops have almost no idea of what it takes to police a giant city like Chicago with a population that is inherently hostile to you, a political apparatus that despises you AND you're forced to live here. We have yet to see a trooper who wasn't happy to have a one man CPD, let alone a two man beat car back him up when he/she is stopping a carload of people on the Ryan.
- ISP's primary job in the Chicago area is traffic. Chicago gave up the highways to get lottery machines at O'Hare 20 years ago. When you're patrolling highways and byways 10-99, sometimes the only advantage you have is intimidation and intimidation starts with a professional appearance. ISP aren't dummies - if you want to know anything at all about traffic, ask a trooper. Believe us, we have. You want probable cause on ANY traffic stop in the state, troopers will give it to you. They're better trained at it. But they're still the police.
- Suburban guys, cameras can be the enemy, but they're only cameras. Out think them. If it's dashboard mounted, pull your car PAST the scene. Point your car the OTHER direction. WARN CPD when you come on a scene that you're wired or the car is wired. There's no excuse we can think of that you can't back up another copper. Of course, if you've been ordered to stay out of CPD's business, well, you've got your own political masters to answer to - and from what we've heard, some of them are worse than here.
It is our opinion that NO ONE ought to be throwing stones here. Police are Police where ever you go and there are always ways around the various shortcomings. Work it out.