Friday, August 25, 2006

Some Quick Hits for Friday

Nothing much new on the scandal front. At least not as of this writing. A Lieutenant got transferred out of SOS to 003 and someone else got transferred in, but that's regular movement following a scandal like this.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure the fact that the victim's father in the drug induced homicide charge was the Dep Chief of a suburban police dept. No correlation whatsoever.

8/24/2006 11:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/24/2006 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Lt in SOS tonight. Heard good things about him. If anyone has any insight into this Lt from 003 please share....Ironically he has the same initials as our beloved LT that just left.

8/25/2006 01:58:00 AM  
Anonymous sir donkey said...

M. Sieser RUNS IT!!!!!

8/25/2006 02:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heres what the CPD means to me...

Phil Cline should step down as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Morale on the department has hit an all-time low. The patrol officer under Cline’s command has been asked to more with less and has many of his contractual rights denied under the leadership of Daley and Cline. The number of sworn members on the Department has gone from close to 14,000 to less than 9,800.
Instead of replacing retiring policemen and women with people eager to be employed in the law enforcement profession Superintendent Cline invests money into street light cameras which are supposedly used to deter crime. The problem is that those cameras do nothing to curb crime nor do fill the gap of a police officer patrolling the streets those cameras are recording. There are now over 65 cameras in place over the city and they are one of the single worst wastes of money by the city. In the districts they are seldom used because the officers are called to do other tasks because of the manpower shortage.
District personnel have dropped dramatically in all areas of the city. Some watches around the city are putting less than 10 beat cars per shift on the street. This overworks the police who are working that particular shift (going from job to job without a break), creates a safety hazard to Department members because of the loss of strength in numbers when responding to in-progress assignments, and the lack of manpower cheats the citizen out of an officers who can adequately solve their particular problem.
What is Phil Cline’s solution to the decline in numbers of Department personnel? First he ordered the closing of several district lockups freeing up Department members who then work the street. This strategy was ineffective because transporting prisoners from one district station to another became a safety risk (which the Department failed to consider when implementing this procedure) and placed undue wait times on officers who had arrests in districts with closed lockups resulting in officers being down on arrests for far longer than it would normally take should their lockup have been open. Phil Cline attempted to fill the police officer manpower gap by cutting corners at the expense of the Department’s working members.
Another way the Superintendent has decided to fill the void of a lack of police officers is take personnel from one district and “deploy” them to another district. This deployment is always done by taking personnel from a police district that have low crime rates and “deploying” them to a district with a large presence of violent crime.
Why is this a problem? Officers through their contractual rights are allowed to bid to districts they wish to work in. They are permanently assigned to those positions and want to make a difference in that particular community. Many officers are familiar with their area and the crime patterns and gang activity in that particular district. By “deploying” these officers to a part of the city they know nothing about (i.e.; relevant street gangs, hot spots, and streets and locations) is again an officer safety issue Phil Cline and the command staff of the CPD have ignored at the expense of the lowly police officer.
“Deploying” of officers to other locations also hurts the citizens of Chicago. Citizens of slower districts now have less police service because their personnel are being taken away. This has resulted in an increase in violent and property crime in police districts where manpower has been taken away. The Fraternal Order of Police calls this action by the Department “robbing Peter to pay Paul.” This is an adequate analogy. The Police Department is not solving the manpower shortage it is only attempting to futilely cover up the problem by hiding the Department’s mistakes that essentially results in creating disgruntled police officers who do not want to be “deployed” and cheats the citizens out of police service who live in areas that Phil Cline feels do not require a full compliment of police officers to patrol their streets.
Phil is a good one for patting himself on the back in the media and praising how he and his compliment of supervisory staff have worked to lower violent crime throughout the city. The violent crime, despite the numbers the Department has provided, has not decreased from this year to last or to the year previous. The department has just found ways to conceal and hide violent crime under new classifications. Obvious homicides are routinely classified as death investigations so that the homicides rate can be tinkered with from month to month. Domestic related incidents that involve a weapon or great bodily harm are no longer counted as aggravated batteries because they are domestic related.
The Department has come up with new ways to lie to the public and the media and make them believe that the Cline administration is making a difference. The reality is we are no safer today living in Chicago than we were in 2001 when Chicago led the country in homicides. The one difference between now and 2001 is that there are less Chicago Police Officers on the street and the Department is now asking the Police Officer to do more with less and is constantly looking for new ways to take advantage of their shrinking and increasingly discontented workforce.
In reading your paper I have seen that I’m am not the only one who feels that more police need to be hired. Several aldermen have called for the City and the Daley administration to hire more Police Officers. The citizens of Chicago and the rank and file of the Chicago Police Department both deserve a Superintendent who will stand up to Richie Daley and require him to provide us with the necessary officers to keep our streets safe. Phil Cline and his pathetic solutions to solving the CPD manpower issue have done nothing but hurt the very men and women who are on the street every day risking their lives. Cline has no regard for the lowly patrol officers and he has certainly forgotten that in the past his rank was Patrolman.

8/25/2006 02:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you all look at this b/c I am mailing it to the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune.... and certified mail to our Fearless Leader Phil Cline's office. I have never seen morale this low on the CPD. It is disgusting white officers arguing w/black officers, etc, a general discontent for the job in general; and it will only get worse before its better. Before we are done the City under the Daley administration will take away all our health benefits and make us worse than ever before! We as P.O.'s need to stand together and fight the City or they will rob us of everything we deserve....

8/25/2006 02:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
heres what the CPD means to me...

The department has just found ways to conceal and hide violent crime under new classifications. Obvious homicides are routinely classified as death investigations so that the homicides rate can be tinkered with from month to month. Domestic related incidents that involve a weapon or great bodily harm are no longer counted as aggravated batteries because they are domestic related...."


Do you have any clue what you are talking about regarding crime classification or do you just enjoy your own pontification?

Obvious homicides are classified as death investigations? Nonsense!!!!

Do you even know what index crimes are? Take a look at your incident reporting guide! Domestic Batteries even ones in which the victim was slapped about the face with an open hand with no visible injures are index crimes. In other words, they count into our violent crime rate and are reported to the government.

If you doubt me, take a look for yourself in the incident reporting guide under index crimes (048X, 049X).

If the offender of a domestic battery uses a dangerous weapon, it has a I.U.C.R. code. The reason domestic batteries were given their own UCR was for crime tracking.

They still count.

Simple battery is NOT an index crime. Domestic Battery IS an index crime.

So in closing, they still count as violent crime even though they are "domestic related."

When you pontificate, at least know what you are talking about!

8/25/2006 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My question is??? if the CPD is funded for 13 or 14 thousand guys & gals, but only have 9,800...where's all that extra money???

8/25/2006 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I hope you all look at this b/c I am mailing it to the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune.... "

Hey assclown, do you realize that this is how every complaint that comes in against our officers starts? Congrats, you not only managed to spend 20 minutes typing and coming across like a whining bitch, but now you sound like a dogass beefer too.

I'm sure if you were in charge, things would be diferent, right? Guys would be sucking eachother off before each roll call because they were so damned happy with their jobs.

Don't like your job, go to the private sector and see how long you last there. Not a lot of jobs out there that you make this kind of money with these benfits with basically no usable skills.

I'm not thrilled that coppers from quiet Districts are being sent to 011 to cover the park, but I'd rather have enough coppers on hand so that not ONE of us gets hurt. Sorry if your latte got interupted.

8/25/2006 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whites vs Blacks vs Hispanics vs others vs Women vs new guys vs old guys vs workers vs trollers vs politically appointees vs nobodies vs the public vs the media vs retirees vs active duty. Damn its good to have a job with a future.

8/25/2006 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger Disgusted in Area Five said...

Cline has been playing games with the homicide count since he was the Chief of Detectives. That is why he promoted Maher to be Chief of Detectives because he knows she will never turn him in for caring obvious homicides as death investigations and for carrying gang-related homicides as involuntary manslaughters rather than homicides. That is also why Maher's husband was meritoriously promoted to sergeant.
The big scandal will be when the United State's Attorney looks into meritorious promotions.

8/25/2006 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 2:40, That about sums it up.

8/25/2006 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wah, wah wah, poor us, poor me . God, am I the only one who is totally sick of the self pitying yahoos on this job. Never a positive word or thought crosses their minds. Guess what, get a job in private industry and you will find all the same problems. But you won't do that will you. Because they tend to shitvcan whining losers

8/25/2006 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are absolutley correct. great letter I love the way you put it together in words. Nice job.
Grateful P.O.

8/25/2006 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Cline is to be interviewed on channel 11 at seven tonight.

8/25/2006 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Idea about any locker stuff in 25

8/25/2006 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/25/2006 02:32:57 AM

WOW...very well said.

Unfortunately, nothing positive will be done about this.

It will get worse before it will get better.

Whatever happenened to this once great police department. It's so sad.

I still believe however, we as CPD, are still one of the best!

All we can do is our best out there and make it home at the end of our shift.

Be well, stay safe, and never lose your sense of humor!

8/25/2006 03:53:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

A sarcastic thank you to the off duty PO who calls a 10-1 in Kennedy Park 113 and Western today, saying that two dogs are attacking his kids. We get there, and the guy is fully armed with his pancake holster. Yes, the dogs were loose, but definitely very friendly, and also clearly one was a police dog. If they were so dangerous, why didn't he shoot them? Instead, call 911, and place 20 or so police in danger rushing to get there for no good reason. A very young officer who needs to learn better and clearer use of calling a 10-1......Oh, and just in case he claims that he never said it like that, I had OEC play back his call to them, he called the 10-1. Even on the scene, he insisted it was life threatening, but still couldn't explain why he didn't shoot the dogs. Normally, I'm reluctant to criticize officers in this forum, but safety is #1 in my book. Seven cars from 022, three from SOS, and a detective car showed up, for a situation that at best required a paper car and a Sgt (if he chose to shoot the dogs).

8/25/2006 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Englewood Ranger said...

8/25/2006 02:32:57 AM

greatly put. So when are you running for FOP president or Mayor? You have my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8/25/2006 05:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
heres what the CPD means to me...

You sir are an ass hat. You speak only to hear your won voice. You are probably one of the 90s hires who have been crying and whining since day one in the day care center, sorry, the academy.

No one cares. Most, and I do mean most, of us go to work everyday, DO WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO AND WHAT WE ARE TOLD, like adults. We are professionals. This job has always been the same. We have always complained about the bosses-
and no Superintendent has ever been worthy to be one. It is all BS.

You want this, you want that, you wnat what you do not even know what you want. Cry, whine, piss and moan. What, you have extra time on your hands, the Starbucks is closed? Give me a break.

You want to improve this Department? Here is how. Do your job. That is it. Try to spend more time doing real police work- street stops, traffic stops, handling jobs instead of trying to blow them off, doing paper, and keeping your mouth shut. Guys like you and your ilk would never make a boil on a real policemans ass.

What the Chicago Police means to me? You should just quit.

8/25/2006 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your head appears on straight your heart is in the right place but after the 18 district fiasco. I fear there's less real police (copper's) with balls, then we originally anticipated.

Why do I get the impression the writing is on the wall, along with the sense were all doomed and no longer a fine city and stuck with a Mayor whose main concerns are getting jobs for felons, making this city a safe haven for illegals and lawbreakers, keeping teens in school who have no interest in education. Developing of expensive and cheaply built high rises, contracts passed to buddies, family members and thugs. A Mayor who through flower boxes, dog parks and developers via of marketing spins and liberal media has made a fine name for himself.

A Mayor who is totally responsible for turning this once fine city and the police department into a weak, lack luster agency run by inexperienced related merit bosses and now patrolled by so many unqualified cowards. Whose main concern is not to their brothers and sisters in blue fighting crime and attempting to up hold whats left of the law but to appease lawbreaking police hating militants, screaming we want, we want, we demand, your racist we want you dead all without a pot to piss in with store front non-profit Rev's as their leaders.

What a deep heartbreak and expense citizens who care have and continue to pay for four words, Votes, Clout, Greed and Corruption!

Why have I become over whelmed with the thoughts of. We are all stuck at the bottom of the barrel with no viable reinforcements to warrant a change for the betterment of the entire city and it's citizens.

8/25/2006 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Cline has no regard for the lowly patrol officers and he has certainly forgotten that in the past his rank was Patrolman..."



8/25/2006 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did any one see some hundred dollar bills in an open locker? Im missing about 10 grand and I needed it for my girl-friends new boobs. (my wife's are natural) No questions Sgt. Shakey IAD

8/25/2006 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 2:40 Amen, you are soooo right. Morale in the department is the lowest. And to whoever says the non-word "asshat" Stop!!

8/25/2006 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The off duty P.O. in kennedy park today was a goof, the dogs were big but very friendly he was climbing the monkey bars with the kids while the park staff was petting the dogs trying to look at there tags.

8/25/2006 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Did any one see some hundred dollar bills in an open locker? Im missing about 10 grand..."

Was that yours? You should know better than to leave your locker open. I got it. If you want it back, call me.

8/25/2006 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

The private sector is just as bad as the government. I was hired on plenty of times to go in and see the problems companies were experiencing, and make changes. Quick changes.

Why should people have to leave a job that they love, because of major problems that can be solved? You can't fix everything, but at least one should be happy going to work. Not dreading it, or having increased stress (one of the worst problems amongst poorly run departments).

Cline is only one person and he's in a politically charged city. One on hand you have the dept, the other, the city and it's leaders, etc.

It's a tough balancing act. But as a leader, there will be times when you have to take stand for what is good for the whole group, not for yourself or certain people.

Running the memorial has taught me that: to seperate how I feel, and do what's best for the fallen. There are many times and things I have done that "I" want to do, but decisions that were in the best interest of the whole group.

Besides, what the hell do these Exempts do for Cline? I would think they were supposed to help him manage the Commanders, etc?

You guys and girls have it tough out here. You can tell because I have seen how you let the public treat you. This crap would never happen out in the suburbs. No way.

You deserve to have your voices heard only why should it be on a damn anonymous blog, and upper management getting involved?
Very poor leadership....

8/26/2006 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:40-If every officer was held to a respectable standard of performance by sergeants and lieutenants who were respectable (not clout promotions), and by big bosses who were intelligent and were the real police at one time in their career, we would have plenty of police officers to do the job. The morale has been worse, it has been better. Do your job, don't vote for corrupt polticians, and don't make your life about being a victim. Things will get better. Or worse. Then better again. Then worse. etc. etc. etc.

8/26/2006 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cline never spent to much time as a patrolman (about a year and a half). He was never a Marine and neither was Mayor Daley as other scum bags (a lot of them on this job) have tried to claim. Daley was in a stay at home Air Force Reserve Unit.

8/26/2006 04:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley was in a stay at home Air Force Reserve Unit...
8/26/2006 04:53:06 AM

If you are going to post, at least get your facts right asshat! Daley was in the USMC Reserves, as was Cline. You sound like all those people who still think Kerry is a war hero, Gore fought in Viet Nam (Photographer and chaplains assistant) and Michael Moore saved the world.

Just because you do not like some one does not give you the unmitigated right to lie. It only makes you a liar. Who the fu#$ would ever want to work with a puke like you? You would sell some one out in a heart beat to make yourself look good.

8/26/2006 07:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is easy to find out the truth about his street time as a po. Wasn't he one of those miracle guys that made detective with a year or two on? What always pissed me off about Fat Phil was the time I saw an interview with him and he talked about his time as a cadet then he was a Marine but like back to the job in a couple of months. Now I ask, he sure was back lots sooner than I was I wonder what type of discharge our great leader got? Amazing how he missed spending his year in the big puddle like everybody else at that time. Now if you naive guys want to believe that he was ever a coppers kind of cop or he never had a side broad, or he has given his whole life and health to this jobor his kid is the best and deserves the special treatment or any of the other hero worship shit I hear about Fat Phil then go right ahead. But I have a real problem with the Fat man claiming he ever did any active duty time as a Marine let's see the discharge Phil I would like to see his DD214 form. Another fucking liar wanna be.

8/26/2006 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Renee, please shut up.

Running the Memorial? Are you talking about that goofy little web site you have. What has your Memorial site done for anyone. It's just another bulletin board like this one.

Again your trying to make it sound like your involved with the Chicago Police Memorial and your not, not in any way shape or form.

We are all greatful for that.

8/26/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There we go whining about the police department again. No one is accountable and no one is required to do much work. The only ones who have a standard are patrolmen who have to wear a uniform (unless they are tact) and answer radio calls. That's it. That's all your required to do and if you want, you too can abuse the medical system. No one ever got fired because they were a dog. Dogs get promoted faster then anyother type of person on this job. I'm sure one day we'll be puching in and out and actually getting evaluated (like in the private sector). Until then enjoy youself. Oh ya these scandals like our current SOS scandal will only help to end current status quo.

8/26/2006 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous the broad said...

You need a fine-tuned broad to run this department. Myself, 20 years and in the KMA club and and a bonified broad (det), would nip all this bullshit in the bud from the King Richie bullshit to all the whiners in the dept. Gone would be the all the merit promotions. I've seen my share of merit and double-merit promotees that are obviously not the cream of the crop. Anywhere from poor communication skills to not having a clue on P/P and G/O's. And some of the exempt are worse. We need more po hiring and less political exempt brass. The management team would definitely be "streamlined".

No kissy-ass to any digruntled antagonistic revs and co. either. Activists do not belong at roll calls.

My dedication will be to the safety and well-being of all our officers and law abiding citizens....anyone who doesn't want to play that way will have more than a time out. Period.

About me: I made dic on my score, make arrests and get convictions. I'm ususally one of the only females sitting in police/witness waiting room in court. I'm educated with a graduate degree and worked my ass off in the medical field before I came on the job. I really know what hard work is and it's not this job.

Politics: My one political call was requesting a new garbage can to my alderman's office that took 4 weeks to arrive. I'm up for the job, NOW.

Ok, I know I won't get it because:

1. I work
2. I'm not connected

Thanks for letting me blow off steam. Cheers.

8/26/2006 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Katrina victim knows how to scam the welfare system. Even Oprah didn't jump in on this again. How long can you stay for fee? It's time to get off the gravy train and do for yourself. How much do you want to be that job she gets won't last long. These people don't want to work....the want the system to work for them. Let's see how long she lasts with the liberal hand-outs in Naperville.

8/26/2006 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 2:32, "the patrol officer under Cline's command has been asked to do more..., " are you kidding me? I'm in Patrol, the amount of pooches is unbelievable, handle your jobs at a leisurely pace, stay down on those jobs, take lunch and gas for the last hour and a half. Give me a Fucking break, ain't no one in Patrol or anywhere else doing any "more" under Cline. Officers bid to districts "to make a difference in a particular community," you must be kidding, right? Your anti-Cline propoganda might have been believable if you didn't put all this other fairy tale shit in it. I agree, we can always use more police but lets not make it political. Every Superintendent has, and will continue to answer to the Mayor, that's how it is, the Mayor is his boss, so get over it. You want to see work, drive by a factory and watch those folks for a while. Shut your whiny yap and thank God you have this job!

8/26/2006 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know where you few repeat whiners work, but I'm going to guess that morale would be low wherever you are. My fellow officers and I enjoy coming to work every day, and, have a blast. We handle our calls without beefing, back each other up, make arrests, and God willing, go home every night. If things are so bad, leave, it's that easy, no one makes you stay on this job, there is no legal commitment, Adios

8/26/2006 10:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the goof who is accusing Phil Cline of lying about being a Marine, you need to have some knowledge of what you're talking about before you open your pie hole. Phil was in the Marine Corps Reserve. He went to the same boot camp that all Marines go to and then served out the remainder of 6 months active duty. He then served one weekend a month and two weeks every year for six years. That's how the reserves work. Luckily for him, he was never activated and sent to Nam, like most reservists today are being sent to Iraq.

No, it's easier to just make shit up about people. You're an asshat.

8/27/2006 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/26 1:07am
8/27 7:18am
I doubt very much what you say for I have never seen the proof of him being a Marine or where is the proof of his time as a "coppers cop" in patrol? Now it is time for a history lesson for you two. During the Vietnam war,which would have been when Phil was of draft age, it was virtually impossible to get into any National Guard or Reserve unit unless you had some serious help, usually a politician. For the normal guy he either was drafted or enlisted. It was actually hard to get into the Navy or the Air Force at the time. Me I enlisted and ended up in the Infantry. Now I will tell you the reserves and the guard were so hated and despised by the regular Army that during basic training and combat arms AIT's they were kept separate from the Regular Army guys. They were hated and despised because the draftees and enlistees knew they had clout to get in the Reserves and they were going home after a whole six months of training and the rest of us were going to Nam or anywhere but back home like them. Now I respect and honor those in the Reserves and Guard now because they are being activated and sent overseas but fuck you don't tell me to respect some asshole who got into the Reserves to beat the draft and avoid Vietnam. Learn your history asshole before you hero worship the guy and his bullshit . Yeah if you don't believe it took serious clout how did Daley and the whole Chicago Bears football team at the time get into the Reserves and the Guard???

8/27/2006 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new LT in SOS is John Ball. A great guy, Sgt. in Area 1 for many years. Sharp guy, future Commander. Looks to me like those guys in SOS who've been out there
doing a lot of underhanded stuff out in the field better change their tactics, or LEAVE, because he won't fail to put them in check.
Too bad more of the Sgts. in SOS couldn't have been more like that; maybe this whole looming scandal circling above that unit could have been avoided.

8/30/2006 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new Lt in SOS from 003,was an Englewood Ranger he is a good man and was a good policeman.

9/01/2006 09:38:00 PM  

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