Rumors! We Got Rumors!
After the rumor mill seemed to be treading water for a few weeks, end of year stories begin to pop up. How about these boys and girls:
- Heard about this one before it was posted in some of the threads, but there might be some exempt movement Friday as the new captains requirements take effect. Are they going to bust some people back down to lieutenant? Or are they going to bust them UP to commander? And doesn't this just make a mockery of the ENTIRE promotional system? You can't qualify for one spot, so they promote you to a spot where there are NO requirements - just a phone call. Ms. Brennan! Call for you on SCC Blog!
- As if the department wasn't short enough - rumors of a NEW UNIT are being bandied around. Where this manpower is going to come from is unknown, but look for it to be run out of 35th Street by a whole boatload of politically connected people. The focus? Quality of Life issues - like buildings. "The Broken Window" theory of policing comes to Chicago in full force - but without the manpower necessary to implement it.
- And speaking of manpower - anyone catch the Supe on the radio saying Property Crimes are going to be a major initiative of the department in 2006? Maybe all those districts being short a car or two every shift is finally coming home to roost? As we stated, property crime numbers are climbing - especially in the areas where manpower is shortest.