Saturday, October 20, 2007

CTA Notices Manpower Shortages

  • The CTA said a passenger attacked Jones on the bus, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and crash it into a fence at Roosevelt Road and Kolmar Avenue about 9 p.m. on Oct. 6.
  • Darrell Jefferson, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, said at least two other drivers have been assaulted by CTA riders in the past month.

    Some bus drivers have said they don't feel safe because there aren't enough police officers patrolling buses and there aren't any barriers separating drivers from passengers who may try to harm them.
So you have citizens noticing a lack of coverage in certain districts (008, 016, most of Area 1, numerous others), a large boxing event that is resulting in the operational shut down of a number of auxiliary Detective units, our readers sending us copies of various sheets showing cars down left and right in certain districts and now, CTA bus drivers saying there aren't enough cops around. That's not even mentioning the hundreds of comments regarding down rapids, only one wagon if you're lucky and unmanned beat cars city wide.

Labels:

31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

DESPITE all this supposed lack of man power. CRIME IS DOWN. You can't hide bodies, regardless of how labeled. Crime is down - end of story.

This isn't 1980s or 90s anymore. Something has worked and it's called gentrification.

10/20/2007 02:33:00 AM  
Anonymous conde nast traveler said...

The Emperor of the Evil Empire (aka: "Da Mare) will leave no stone unturned in seeking his obsession of the 2016 Olympiad.

For better or worse, the forthcoming international boxing event will certainly draw the scrutiny of the IOC.

FYI, the current November issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine has published the results of their annual "Readers' Choice Awards" including the most popular city destinations for tourists. Of the top thirty cities, Chicago (#13) was the only city vying for the Olympics that made the cut.

The rankings of the top thirty city tourist destinations and their scores follow:

1. Sydney 87.8
2. San Francisco 85.5
3. Florence 84.8
4. Cape Town 83.3
5. Rome 82.8
6. Bangkok 82.6
7. New York City 82.4
8. Buenos Aires 82.3
9. Charleston, SC 82.1
TIE Damascus 82.1

11. Vancouver 81.9
12. Santa Fe, NM 81.3
13. CHICAGO 81.2
14. Venice 81.1
15. Hong Kong 80.9
16. Paris 80.6
TIE Salzburg 80.6
18. Victoria, BC 80.3
TIE Vienna 80.3
20. Barcelona 80.1

21. Chiang Mai 80.0
TIE Quebec City 80.0
23. Singapore 79.9
24. Carmel, CA 79.5
25. Bruges 79.4
TIE Siena 79.4
27. Melbourne 78.7
28. San Miguel de Allende 78.4
29. Edinburgh 77.9
TIE Kyoyo 77.9

10/20/2007 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley, if you read this site-Put 2016 out of your head and move on. You are already an old man. Enjoy your life!

10/20/2007 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous a chicago taxpayer said...

Re: Olympics and Conde Nast Traveler magazine survey.

O.K. Bring the Olympics to the USA. Choose between San Francisco, New York City, Charleston (SC), Santa Fe (NM) or Carmel (CA).

Just leave us Chicago taxpayers out of Daley's "pie in the sky", grandiose, multi-billion dollar schemes.

Even if they didn't make the Conde Nast list, have the Olympics in Rio, Prague, Madrid or Dubai--anywhere but Chicago.

10/20/2007 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about Manpower! Minor details about manpower!

The city wants the Olympics big time!

Olympics are a money losing operation!

10/20/2007 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will never understand why cops think that someone give a shyt about how they feel about things, you're an emploYEE. What part of not being part of the decision making processes that YOU don't understand. This is why you weren't drafted, pressed into working for the city, you can quit any day of the week 24/7, use your options.....and i thought "LIBERALS" where the poster children for crying and whining.

10/20/2007 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes crime is down but not because we are better Police Officers. It is more likely that the gentrification throughout the city has moved alot of s@#theads out of Chicago. I would love to see YTD crime figures for all the surrounding suburbs. I will be you that crime had gone up more than 30% in Maywood, Bellwood, Elmwood, etc. The Mayor knows this and there you have it. I don't see us ever having 13,500 Officers any time soon.

10/20/2007 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will continue to have a manpower shortage until there is a tragedy.
Then the powers that be will say its not my fault.

To 2:33:00 AM
You might think crime is down but agg. batt. to p.o. is up.
You are not the police.

10/20/2007 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"supposed lack of manpower"...what is this guy smoking? Crime down? Look around you dude how many kids have been shot this year! Oh and as far as the crime numbers being down...with Cline and Molloy gone watch those numbers climb over the roof. They wont be able to hide a out right homicide as a "accidental or death investigation" as Cline and Molloy did!!

10/20/2007 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DESPITE all this supposed lack of man power. CRIME IS DOWN. You can't hide bodies, regardless of how labeled. Crime is down - end of story.

This isn't 1980s or 90s anymore. Something has worked and it's called gentrification.

10/20/2007 02:33:00 AM

Yes crime is down beacuse CREATIVE REPORTING AND WRITING IS UP! This was done before and was caught by the press will they catch it again under king richie? I think not!

10/20/2007 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless things have changed it seems that the only service required by a scene po is to make out paper and record the incident. Anything more involved may require a supervisor notification.

Stop placing your personal security in jeopardy by doing more than required.

The city wants MUTTS, give them mutt service.

If it's accurate and vague you'll always be beyond reproach. Document the supervisor when requested.

I have no knowledge or I don't recall is still my favorite response.

Always be careful of the conspiracy to get you and your family and your job.

sigend,
Shaniqua clone

10/20/2007 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"DESPITE all this supposed lack of man power. CRIME IS DOWN. You can't hide bodies, regardless of how labeled. Crime is down - end of story.

This isn't 1980s or 90s anymore. Something has worked and it's called gentrification.

10/20/2007 02:33:00 AM"

ABSOLUTELY, AS LONG AS WHITE SHIRT 35TH COWARDS SUCH AS YOURSELF LIE & CONTINUE TO PLAY GAMES W/THE STATS!!

YEAH ALOT OF GENTRIFICATION GOING ON IN ENGLEWEIRD, LAWNDALE, AUSTIN& SOUTH CHICAGO,
WHAT A GOOF!!

10/20/2007 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

In a way, this is perhaps what is needed to wake people up around here. Maybe there will be MORE voters! Cops out here are on skeleton crew and driving around w/barely any equipment, CTA drivers are livid, riders are pissed, etc. Civilians are striking back & uploading pics to Redeye, blogs, and camcorders are coming out w/uploads to youtube.

We're in such a dire financial situation, only there are FREE trollies for visitors and a shitload of useless planters and flower boxes all over the Loop (you notice the Loop is well taken care of but not the rest of the city fo Chicago neighborhoods).

Daley has 3 drivers on payroll, and one news channel said it cost us $160k+ to fly our bozo governor to/from Springfield. He can't take Amtrak?

It's the people who run this city and state that have driven it into the ground...

http://www.swnewsherald.com/
news_frontpage/2007/10/
101907c_ctabudget.php

10/20/2007 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they need to beef up cta special! Maybe by paying time and 1/2 then they would many officers to work, straight time fuck you!

10/20/2007 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Ron Huberman's Side Kick said...

It used to be we had a foot officer at the Jefferson Park Terminal. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is the transportation hub of the entire northwest side of the city that also connects transportation to the far reaches of Cook and Lake Counties. (Metra bus, rail in addition to all the CTA routes and the "L" to O'Hare Airport.

Here in the 16th district, the calls made by the CTA and citizens from their cell phones about criminal activity, sexual misconduct etc. on the trains put the beat officers at a big disadvantage. By the time the call is dispatched, (no cars available as usual) your family member who is commuting home gets there very own RD number to show you.
Thousands upon thousands of people pass throught the terminal each working day, but no presence of a CPD officer there. Wake up Ron!
Go to 95th and the Ryan and you even have a CPD office space usually manned with two p/o's.
Getting shortchanged on the NW Side Again...

10/20/2007 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous HATER said...

4 UNIFORMED OFFICERS TO STAND IN FRONT OF A LOCKED DOOR AT 1 OF THE HOTEL DOWN TOWN ON MID NIGHTS.

8 DETECTIVES WATCHING EMPTY BUFFET AREAS IN THERE CHEESY SUITS.

2 OFFICERS SITTING IN A SECURITY STATION WITH NOTHING TO DO BUT WATCH RADIOS.

2 OFFICERS STANDING IN FRONT OF HOTEL LIKE BELL HOPS.

SAD PEOPLE SAD. KNOW ONE AT AREAS 3,4,5 TO INVESTIGATE SHOOTING STABBINGS AND DOMESTICS.

THE MEDIA SHOULD SEND A CREW TO SEE THIS... ARE TAX MONEY AT WORK.

10/20/2007 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Increase Special Employment to time and a half like CHA, TARA, O' Hare, Midway and School Deployments!

10/20/2007 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DESPITE all this supposed lack of man power. CRIME IS DOWN. You can't hide bodies, regardless of how labeled. Crime is down - end of story.

This isn't 1980s or 90s anymore. Something has worked and it's called gentrification.

10/20/2007 02:33:00 AM

This is among the dumbest post ever! Crime is down because of the way it is "reported" by the first responding officers at the direction of the sergeant! Your right it isn't the 80's or 90's medical technology is improved and lives are saved causing the murder rate to drop. Gentrification? My response to that is take your stupid ass back to the burbs!

10/20/2007 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the 8th District on the east end A.K.A. Englewood West it has gotten out of hand in that area. They definitely need more bodies present to thwart crime. It's a shame to see what certain people can do to destroy a once GREAT neighborhood....

10/20/2007 08:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the more bus drivers attacked the more special employment I get... seems like a win win asshole bus drivers get "stole on" and I get paid.

10/20/2007 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10/20/2007 06:46:00 AM,

Conde Nast Traveler? Is that a new fruit travel magazine? Here's my favorite Conde Nast Traveler story: A few years ago Conde Nast Traveler did an editorial feature about Chicago. Amongst the many "must see" highlights profiled was a trendy bar called the California Clipper at 1004 N. California Ave. The place to be! Well a black female without an IR#, or FBI#, from the East Coast accompanied some friends from Evanston, IL to the California Clipper for drinks and the experience. Unfortunately for her one group of ricans began shooting at another group of ricans and caught her in the head right in front of the place as her party was driving away. DOA. There's a funny sidebar about false confessions and a certain polygraph examiner but I'll save that one for another time. Fuck Chicago. They're laughing at us in Park Ridge, Tinley, Wilmette, etc.

10/20/2007 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
In the 8th District on the east end A.K.A. Englewood West it has gotten out of hand in that area. They definitely need more bodies present to thwart crime



WHY? Being "proactive" will get you jammed up! Don't need to get sued, indicted, or loose my job for ANOTHER shithead with dope or a gun.
Don't need Jesse protesting, about another senseless police shooting.

Don't want the city to payout $60,000 for dog shot by police.

Don't want my taxes going up paying for frivilous lawsuits-Juries award 4 MIL for a screwdriver in the ass after offender pleads guilty for sellin dope.

Don't want to be on a list for having too many unfounded CR'S.

WORKERS GET JAMMED UP and the city leaves you out to die?

10/20/2007 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Increase Special Employment to time and a half like CHA, TARA, O' Hare, Midway and School Deployments!

10/20/2007 06:32:00 PM
That would be nice! But they keep dropping all these OT gigs. TARA, Midway gone, Ohare cut down & I hear CHA is going to be cut down too.

10/21/2007 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"DESPITE all this supposed lack of man power. CRIME IS DOWN. You can't hide bodies, regardless of how labeled. Crime is down - end of story."


Spoken like a true 35th Street Bean counter. "Crime is down-end of story" Are kidding me!! Go back to counting your BS numbers, and your bureaucratic life style. You obviously have never been the working police.
Dana Starks, you are on the right track. Now follow through. You disbanded SOS, now disband TRU, send everybody back to the districts. Stop playing the numbers game, let the Tact and Gang Teams do their jobs, (no more drinkers and pissers),let the beat cars do their jobs. Hopefully everybody gets their morale back in place. Lastly cut out the clout BS, if you have not noticed this is what created the SOS incident.

10/21/2007 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"WORKERS GET JAMMED UP and the city leaves you out to die?

10/20/2007 11:12:00 PM"

CORRECTION NON-CLOUT TYPES GET JAMMED UP & STRUNG UP. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOUR LITTLE PEA BRAIN TO FIGURE THAT ONE OUT??

10/21/2007 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open to Huberman! You have some ideas why though do you allow all the indiana folks that are iron workers on cta to make over 275K a year by sleeping while getting paid double/triple time? Maybe because like the mayor your a "good manager"! How about in all the busses like in englewood put thick laminate where the drivers sit, with a turn around type window so passengers could send a note about the crime on the bus they are on? cta like every other daleyesq thing is fucked up due to theft! the theft is like everything else in this city all stems from the criminal enterprise of daley and crew!

10/21/2007 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but crime is down, and I hate to inform you but there is no creative writing going on, Sgts. aren't telling beat officers to kill crime in their reports. Gentrification has had alot to do with it, knocking down the projects sent most to the south side(ares2) into areas once considered nice middle class black areas, and next thing you know there is dope dealing, shooting, fighting over turf. 012, 013, 021, all once busy districts have gentrifyed, sending all their crap into neighboring areas, 009, 008, 014, 025, 017 016, it has gotten busier in all those places now. Modern medicine has alot to do with it too. We have never had 13,500 officers, that is the total amount of sworn personnel of all ranks. Stop with the conspriracies and creating writing etc. it's not happening. The men and women who go out and do the job every day deserve a great deal of credit, under extremely difficult conditions.

10/21/2007 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dana Starks, you are on the right track. Now follow through. You disbanded SOS, now disband TRU, send everybody back to the districts. Stop playing the numbers game, let the Tact and Gang Teams do their jobs, (no more drinkers and pissers),let the beat cars do their jobs. Hopefully everybody gets their morale back in place. Lastly cut out the clout BS, if you have not noticed this is what created the SOS incident.

Dana isn't shutting TRU, he wants to expand it, so all the Level 2 DOCS are covered, at least in AREA 1, 2, and 4, sorry AREA3 no extra police for the taxpayers.

The broken windows theory put into practice by the NYPD in the late 90's into 2000, widely popular, highly effective, and largely copied from departments across the country, including Chicago to some extent, clearly shows how small crimes left unchecked turn into big crimes, and bigger criminals, i.e. the drinkers, pissers, disorderlys, turnstyle jumpers, etc. Yes they aren't glamorous arrests by any means, but it keeps these offenders from becoming victims/offenders of bigger crimes and is very effective; you wouldn't want these offenders pissing and drinking in front of your house. Two great books on this: Crimefighter, by Jack Maples ( former Dep. Chief NYPD) and
Turnaround by William Bratton Former NYPD Commissoner and Current Chief of Police LAPD

10/21/2007 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the ONLY satisfaction i get is to lock these shitheads up..fuck up their day...take their dope and money, their cars

it isnt much in the big scheme of things...i dont think its being proactive, it just gives me a good feeling to see that look on their face when they find out im takin the cash too

if done right you wont get jammed up..just be smart and have fun

10/22/2007 09:28:00 AM  
Blogger anonymous said...

Just would like to add that there are people who have gone through the process to become a officer and are made to wait forever. I know that it is said that if you truly want it you will wait. I began the process in 02/06, I have passed every part of the hiring process the first time around. My investigator has been out to my house and I am still waiting to take the power test to start the academy. I am sure that if the process would not take so long this would help allieviate the man power shortage. It would also go along way with not losing alot of potentially good future officers.

10/22/2007 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said...
Just would like to add that there are people who have gone through the process to become a officer and are made to wait forever. I know that it is said that if you truly want it you will wait. I began the process in 02/06, I have passed every part of the hiring process the first time around. My investigator has been out to my house and I am still waiting to take the power test to start the academy. I am sure that if the process would not take so long this would help allieviate the man power shortage. It would also go along way with not losing alot of potentially good future officers.

10/22/2007 12:22:00 PM

The city is using all the money to give away to criminals in civil suits! Go on and join a great dept not this POS run by the criminal team of daley and crew! John Gotti was a saint compared to daley and his band of thieves!

10/23/2007 01:27:00 AM  

<< Home

Newer Posts.......................... ..........................Older Posts