Thursday, February 22, 2007

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Rue St. Michel writes a great essay regarding Department morale after reading a comment on our blog:
  • He or she is completely correct. My biggest issue with the Chicago Police department is that their policies are completely reactive - never proactive. We aren't being run by police officers; we're being run by accountants and lawyers.

    Whenever an officer uses deadly force, the press automatically assumes that it wasn't warranted. When some shitheads were running a robbery team downtown and the police chased them in a vehicle pursuit (because the criminals decided to drive away in order to defeat the arrest) and a woman was killed when the shitheads jumped a curb (because the criminals decided to drive fast and dangerously in order to defeat the arrest) then all of a sudden it was "the fault of the police" for the death of an innocent civilian. Therefore they changed our chase / pursuit policy which virtually ceased all vehicle chases because the directive was so prohibitive.
We've touched on some of these points in passing. But we always appreciate when others can take the time to do a little more in depth than we manage to with our limited time. Rue often fills the bill admirably - and his latest on certain diseases making the rounds of the homeless on the left coast is an eye opener for first responders. Go visit.

And speaking of other blogs, SecondCitySarge dissects the recent beating death of a 13 year old kid on the Albany Park neighborhood and the subsequent denials by Mom that a child out past curfew on a school night not reporting in for 9 hours and on the way home from visiting his brother at County could have anything to do with gangs. Right Ma.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would it be possible to get by the department filters if the content was on a seperate website in read only format?

2/22/2007 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice the area 5 range has its doors closed all the time. The guys in there are sneaking about in the dark. Are they building machineguns? They look like janitors since they don't wear uniforms. See a TV flickering in there. Maybe porn films? What be up in there?

2/22/2007 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be armed off duty with your family...stay out of the city. Dont do a damn thing.

And remember how you got and will get screwed at contract time. Answer your calls and nothing more.

2/22/2007 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight.....

CPD pays for a Hummer, armored car for SWAT, at least two giant trucks with SATELITE DISHES on it, a few of those plate reading trucks, unmarked cars all for our bloated middle management (brass), these little blue cameras that DO NOT deter people serving rocks n blows....

And I cannot get a PDT for my car?

GODFORBID you give us the basic equipment all the suburbs have (pdt, taser, shotgun, rifle, functional radios, etc)

Lets do the math here for the lawyers and accountants that run this city....

A Taser costs about $300. Yet you do not give me one which means if I am in a spot where I need one and do not have one and have to use my gun and kill someone where a Taser might have been delpoyed instead....the city pays out millions to his family for me using "excessive force."

Good to know we have such geniuses leading this city!

Remember, together we can!

2/22/2007 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck this corrupt/ghetto city, lets all move to Boston!!

Police in Boston were by far the city's top earners last year, with 25 Police Department employees earning more than $200,000, nearly four times the number who made that amount in 2005, according to city payroll figures released to the Globe.

Of the 125 highest paid city employees last year, all but one -- Superintendent of Schools Michael G. Contompasis, who made $221,574 -- were police officers, the records show.

Police have long been big earners in Boston, where a powerful union and private detail work have helped boost pay. But in 2006, the amounts were higher than in recent years. Police Lieutenant Timothy M. Kervin collected $240,183 in 2006, making him the top earner in a department in which 1,276 employees, about 41 percent of the force, made $100,000 or more. In 2005, 1,026 employees, about 36 percent of the force, made $100,000 or more.

City officials attributed much of the increase in police pay to increased detail work and overtime, prompting some city watchdogs to say that overtime has prevented the city from making strides toward a larger police force.

"This is one of the reasons why it's difficult for the city of Boston to add more police officers and expand the force, because the position itself is so expensive," said Samuel R. Tyler, president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, a business-funded group.

In 2006, the average uniformed police officer made $113,617, including $35,600 in detail and overtime pay, according to figures provided by city budget officials. Firefighters, on average, made $91,087 in 2006, including about $12,500 in overtime and detail pay. The average teacher made $62,195 in total pay.

2/22/2007 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DETROIT (AP) - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is heading into what's billed as his final major address Sunday, and some Muslims are wondering if the fiery orator - now slowed by poor health - will try to repair old divisions between his movement and mainstream Islam.

Farrakhan's scheduled appearance at Ford Field, home of the NFL's Detroit Lions, will be his first since ceding leadership last year to an executive board because of illness.

Wohoo!! Good riddance you racist semite.

2/22/2007 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought they were all honor students??

2/22/2007 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget about the bean counters running the department. Reactive policing is nothing but a dog and pony show. Stop micro-management in the police department. "Hey, I want your team over there, and 1 team over here."
Then shit hits the fan where the police should be. BE PRO-ACTIVE.

2/22/2007 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any one know the condition of the P.O. that was T-Boned in 21 the other day on days, where the 21st district Sgt was more concerned about the welfare of his four brothers that fled the scene than the copper that had a street light fall on top of his squad. No wonder morale sucks with the appitude and logic of some of these Sgts.

2/22/2007 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger P. Honan said...

Dear SSC,
Way off topic but I don't know how else to ask you this general question...and I ask because I'm loving your blog, commentary, etc. and respect your opinion and insights on all matters law & order.

This might be a topic too, though it isn't really newsworthy or topical.

But...I friend of mine who grew up with some of the sons and daughters of local mobsters, or connected guys or outfit types, (he's in his mid-thirties) claims the mob has been effective emasculated here in Chicago and the younger generation--due to drugs, ignorance, stupidity--aren't 'in the biz' and never will have the influence, power, clout of the older generation. He claims there is a lot small time hoods, but not the organized, real money guys like in the old days. I find this news heartening, but am skeptical.

Please advise (time permitting).

Phil Keeley

Oh, keep up the good work, you rock.

2/22/2007 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was "the fault of the police" for the death of an innocent civilian. Therefore they changed our chase / pursuit policy which virtually ceased all vehicle chases because the directive was so prohibitive

Little known fact, California (the car chase capital of the country) has a law that says neither the police dept. nor the individual officers can be sued if and while "LAWFULLY" operating in their official capacity. Translation, shithead steals a car, police chase shithead, shithead crashes into motorist, motorist may sue the shithead, not the police, all he/she wants. Remember, that they MUST operate in a LAWFUL and NON-NEGLIGENT manner (i.e. forcing a fleeing offender into a crowd of pedestrians would be negligent). Imagine that, putting the blame where it belongs. Who am I kidding, it'll never happen in this state.

2/22/2007 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Boston Fan:

You should check out the cost of living in Boston. If you think we got it bad, you ain't seen nothin. Pretty expensive city if you ask me.

Plus, I've tried adjusting to the East Cost lifestyle before. They don't like us out there. Great place to visit, wouldn't live there for all the baked clams in Beantown.

Jumping ship is not always the answer. I know way too many coppers who left for greener pastures and came crawling back here. As much as this department blows, there's just no city like Chicago out there.

2/22/2007 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Taser costs about $300. Yet you do not give me one which means if I am in a spot where I need one and do not have one and have to use my gun and kill someone where a Taser might have been delpoyed instead....the city pays out millions to his family for me using "excessive force."

Good to know we have such geniuses leading this city!

Remember, together we can!

You shouldn't be using a taser in a deadly force situation anyway, if something happens it mis-fires or misses you're dead. Just react like you were trained, let the lawyers decide what they want to pay.... staying safe is more important...

2/22/2007 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look what I got published on the 'offical CPD blog'...

If you don't understand, read the first letters straight down the lefthand side of the comment.


2/22/2007 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, I beg to differ, and you said it your self in the second paragraph.

The CPD is NOT run by Police Officers it is run by the Liberal Press and the and the Lawyers all of who are cashing in big.

The Citizens and the Police Officers them selves are the true victims because the Mayor and the rest of the DummyCrats do what ever the Press and Liberal Lawyers tell them to do!

All I can say is, the poepole of this City are getting exactlly what they want and what they deserve.

Keep voting for the DummyCratic Machine. Just look at what a great job the Toddler is doing. Ill bet your glad you votted for him now...

VOTE strait DummyCrat in the upcomming City Elections. Be a Puppet for the Mayor and vote as your told.

This is what you will get in return. Higher taxes, MUCH HIGHER less City services MUCH LESS. Four more years of corupt CITY Government, PISSING away hundreds of MILLIONS of your tax dollars. While the Police and other City employees, get a bullshit raise, Higher Medical costs and an underfunded pension.

Please vote I need to get FU&%ed again soon.

2/22/2007 08:08:00 PM  
Blogger ssr said...

check out

2/22/2007 08:43:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

SCC, I beg to differ, and you said it your self in the second paragraph.

The CPD is NOT run by Police Officers it is run by the Liberal Press and the and the Lawyers all of who are cashing in big.

The second paragraph (and EVERYTHING in italics) was written by Rue St, Michel. We even linked to his site. We only stated it was a good read and recommended people go click on the link and read his entire essay. You aren't disagreeing with us and we're pretty sure you aren't disagreeing with Rue.

Hope this clears up your confusion.

2/22/2007 08:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a streaming video on the CPD Intranet website, something called the future of technology in the CPD for 2006. Check it out, what a joke.
Computers in all squads with ICLEAR.
Handheld parking ticket printers for all.
A mobile fingerprint analyser.
Live streaming video to handheld Blackberry devices for all.
New computers in all deployments, replacing the old HP's.
This goes on and on...
All to be implemented in 2006.
Who is responsible for theis false propaganda? Lies Lies Lies.

2/22/2007 09:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the link to the CPD blog for anyone who is interested.

2/22/2007 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TOLEDO – A police officer was shot and killed early today, and officers were searching for a suspect believed to be the gunman, Chief Mike Navarre said.

Det. Keith Dressel, 35, was shot while patrolling the city’s north side with two other detectives around 2 a.m., Navarre said at a news conference.

When the detectives stopped their car to question two young people who looked suspicious, the pair started to run, Navarre said. One of them, a 19-year-old, was apprehended immediately, while Dressel pursued the other.

“There was an exchange of gunfire. We know that Detective Dressel did fire his weapon. We do not know if the suspect was hit with any of those shots that were fired,” Navarre told reporters.

Dressel was hit one time in the chest, the chief said, and was taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m.

Officers were searching for a 15-year-old suspect and had looked in a number of houses, following up on leads, Navarre said.

Dressel joined the force in 1993 and was assigned to the vice and narcotics bureau. He was the first Toledo officer to die in the line of duty since 1970, Navarre said.

“It is truly a very sad day for the Toledo police department and for the city of Toledo,” the chief said.

God Bless You Brother......

2/22/2007 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

paticipated in early voting today and was told the only candidate that i could write in for mayor was ziff sistrunk. i wanted to write in pat fitzgerald and was told no way. what gives?

2/22/2007 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't had a PDT in our car since July 2006 No comp nothing! F...Joke!

2/23/2007 05:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have old vehicles in our unit also, no pdts at all, lets buy more vehicles for the bosses!

2/23/2007 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Det. Dressel

2/23/2007 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The amored car that SWAT has was actually donated by Brinks.

I was there, I saw it.

Just wanted to set the record straight.

I think we all would agree that purchasing a Hummer and those Tahoes was a waste of money in these days of astromomical gas prices.

2/23/2007 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this city is definitely run by everyone else but the police officers. we get no respect for anything we do and we get blamed for everything that happens. and the whole pursuit policy is a joke...when they plaster it all over the news that we cant chase, the shitheads know to run, but its ok for them to run from us? i do understand innocent people get hurt, but how is it our fault when its the shithead breaking the law???? its a joke...we are underpaid and unappreciated everyday. here i am living paycheck to paycheck to live honest and these shitheads pop out kids just to get a link card and pretend they have anxiety just to get on disability. and where am i left, putting half my money in def. comp and a roth ira since i wont have a god damn pension when i retire.

2/23/2007 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The armored car was not donated by Brinks. The Armored car was purchased and funded by some new B.S. agency under Homaland Security. Go to the CPD WEB SITE. All the info is posted as to the funding and the purpose of the vehicle.

2/23/2007 09:52:00 PM  
Blogger Rue St. Michel said...

Just read the post - Thanks for the link SCC...

RIP Det. Dressel


2/23/2007 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't had a PDT since July 06? Try since May 05, with zone 7 dispatcher mushmouth, who runs about 1 out of every 10 plates for you, oh and heaven forbid you have a dl or id to run, fuck it just take the poor bastard in and find out who he is.

2/24/2007 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memo to 2/23/2007 04:45:00 PM

The new Bearcat was not donated by Brinks. The donated Brinks vehicle is sitting in the rear of the MMD facility at 52nd and Wentworth. Bearcat was purchased and equipped for appx. $300,000.00.

2/24/2007 07:26:00 AM  

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