Monday, March 27, 2006

Beyond the Headline

Sunday's SunTimes:
It's hard to steal a few hundred tons of asphalt without someone noticing just like it's rather difficult to steal the hundreds of tons of concrete that went missing from a couple other city projects. We don't know why the media doesn't do a little exploring on this topic - the material more than likely never existed except on a work order or a bill of sale. You either short a bunch of loads a fraction of a yard or you over count a delivery. You do this because (A) it's just too damn hard and heavy to steal tons of stuff that has to be used when it's mixed and (B) no one, not even a ward boss, can line up enough side jobs to use the amount of material that was stolen.
But this isn't the story we're talking about. Buried in a few paragraphs is this little tidbit that will affect the job of every copper out there:
  • This year, the 50 aldermen have $1.32 million apiece to spend on infrastructure in their wards. They each get to choose from everything from street, sidewalk and alley repairs to traffic circles and speed bumps. This year's choices even include extra surveillance cameras - beyond the 100 Chicago Police have positioned in high-crime neighborhoods.
Aldercreatures are getting the ability to "purchase" cameras for their wards, above and beyond the ones the Department has. We've heard they will be wired into the Ops-Center down at OEMC so they can be remotely viewed 24-7. We haven't heard what type of cameras they will be and whether or not they'll have the flashing lights to let everyone know (including us) that we're being watched.

Big Brother is here and unfortunately, sometimes he's going to have an agenda that isn't necessarily ours. Watch yourselves boys and girls.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

FIX THE DAMN STREETS!

For God's sake. FIX THE DAMN STREETS, I have to apologize every time I have out of town visitors. Sorry your rim got busted or our famous potholes. No more of those traffic circles or speed bumps, why create deliberate hazards. Use the asphalt and your precious hired trucks to get the streets fixed and install computerized traffic controls so that we can move efficiently from one end of the city to another.

In a recent survey Chicago Came in third of the worst cities to drive in, after L.A. and San Francisco/Oakland California. Frankly, we should be at least tied for first. Think about that when you are waiting at a red light for a long time with no cross traffic.

I don't patrol down alleys anymore because of speed bumps. I avoid streets with speed bumps an traffic circles. Use the asphalt to fix the potholes

3/27/2006 05:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't patrol down alleys anymore because of speed bumps. I avoid streets with speed bumps an traffic circles".

God help us

3/27/2006 06:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God helps us everyday, but mankind just complains about how he helps us. God speaks to all of us everyday but most of us choose to ignore it. Police Officers quite often do not listen to God. As we gain time and experience on our job the more arrogant we become, the more promotions we get the greater the arrogance, we loose our humility, we are no longer glad to just have a job (which by the way really isnt that hard if you stop and think about it.)

8 hour tour right?

15-min to 30 min at roll call/getting equipment

7.5 hours right?

then count 2 15 min. pers. and lunch 1 hr.

6.5 hours right?

then you gotta go in to check off so u put the blinders on about half and hour to quarter to the hour?

6.0 to 5.5 hours a day your working on "most days" there are days you work far more than eight or at least it feels like it.

and you are always coveting that "spot" on the department that you feel you deserve, some of us get it and yet we still complain, i worked for the city before i got on the job and was told by the old timers to kill the job kid.

we have one of the best jobs in the world, the benefits, the experiences the friendships...

but we still complain, bitch, moan

like the man said...

"FIX THE DAMN STREETS"
thank God you got a job, appreciate life and the blessings God has favored you with, work hard everyday to get "the spots" and work harder when you get there, and bosses dont forget where u came from and help us poor slobs in the patrol division once in awhile.

i would bet the house that if streets and san fixed every street and every alley all year long by the time they were done they could start all over again and keep their jobs.

3/27/2006 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note to SCC for new thread:

Check out MSN.com lead story.

Police finding it hard to fill vacancies
Departments offer perks, alter standards to draw recruits

And a big YES to fixing the streets instead of speed bumps, median flowers pots and iron fences.

3/27/2006 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the main stream media was co-opted years ago. i bet if you could sit down and have a no shitter with any one of a number of people that used to be referd to as "investigative reporters" you would come away white as a ghost!
a free press is the second most important tool in maintaining the 1st ammendment. the 2nd ammendment protects the 1st.

3/27/2006 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous peter karl fan club said...

Stop calling Peter Karl a worthless piece of shit.

3/27/2006 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/27/2006 06:33:14 AM

How arrogant of you to assume that experience and knowledge are arrogance.

3/27/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BOYCOTT THE ST. JUDES PARADE! GO TO NAVY PIER!

3/27/2006 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s not about all of us
It’s not about the brass
It’s not about the mayor
It’s not about the mass

It’s not about the alderman
It’s not about a vote
It’s not about what we believe
It’s not about a quote

It’ all about the lives They led
It’s all about what’s true
It’s all about what They stood for
It’s all about us who

Should keep this day, for all to see
Our love for them in prayer
To honor them and their families
And show them that we care

3/27/2006 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You get 2 pers.? Oh,it only happens in those easy districts, thats right. 15-30 mins. to get to your car from roll call? Man, where you parking? Or is it your all too fat and have to have the wagon drop you off by your car??? Chicago's Finest Ho! Ho! Worst cops in the country. Biggest thieves.

3/27/2006 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is a personal???

3/27/2006 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

suck on my personal, cause peter karl does

3/27/2006 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats the skiny on Detective classes? When are they starting?
Hello, 35th st moles.

3/27/2006 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
You get 2 pers.? Oh,it only happens in those easy districts, thats right. 15-30 mins. to get to your car from roll call? Man, where you parking? Or is it your all too fat and have to have the wagon drop you off by your car??? Chicago's Finest Ho! Ho! Worst cops in the country. Biggest thieves.

3/27/2006 09:15:57 AM

Thanks for the complement, its all about the 1st and 16th for me. Let your ghettos become the killing fields of old, and my home keep its value. Thanks you

3/27/2006 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in response to 0559
are you out of your fucking mind. you are prob the biggest dog ass in your district."I don't patrol down alleys anymore because of speed bumps. I avoid streets with speed bumps an traffic circles." then when your house gets burglarized you will be on this blog complaining that the coppers that work in the dist. you live in dont patrol the alleys and thats why your dog ass house got broken into.
" have to apologize every time I have out of town visitors." If they are complaining about pot holes FUCK THEM. Tell them that they are unwanted. What is Chicago the only city with pot holes?

your whole rant sounds like a nother excuse from a nother DOG ASS do nothing. DO YOUR JOB

3/27/2006 01:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The speed bump issue now known as Dump the Hump, has caused increased traffic to sections of communities w/o humps. What about the issue of increased crime do to speed humps. Two fold issue navigating speed humps and crime along with possible pushing crime within same area without speed humps. Are there any stats demonstrating either or both issues in the dept.?

3/27/2006 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nda_OSWeyn8&search=leprechaun

3/27/2006 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

734

A free press in good ole USA has been watered down and now lacks enough color in ink. Someone please order new ink.

3/27/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meeks wants to run for governor. He states that if he does not get every white Christian vote he will stand up on Sears Tower and call us all racist. Nothing like threatening people to get their vote.

By the way, how many here want Meeks to climb the Sears tower? Let's not vote for him, then maybe we can see him fall!!!!

3/27/2006 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fall? I'll give him a push

3/27/2006 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DUMP THE HUMP!

DUMP DALEY!

AND FIX THE DAMN STREETS!

(If you drove in other towns, even in this climate, you could see how much better the streets were maintained. Maybe they are getting our stolen aspalt at a hot price)

3/27/2006 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

500

Yep, but if we used correct material in our mixture, and there is material available. Where would all the votes go. Especially since Herr=Mr Mayor and aldercreatures began tremendous outsourcing/contracts w/o oversite at the start of his dictartorship.

3/27/2006 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see Meeks run for governor, and love it even more if he won.

The "peter principle" would be proven, as he has already risen to his own level of incompetence. Governor Meeks would be worse.

Then maybe after he trashes the state government, people would see him as the opportunist that he really is.

3/27/2006 05:41:00 PM  

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