Saturday, December 22, 2007

Crime Down Again

We would be remiss if we didn't mention this little bit of info:
  • Crime statistics released by police Friday show a decrease in overall crimes in Chicago -- including a murder rate that could be the lowest in more than 20 years.
  • From Jan. 1 through Nov. 30, statistics showed a 4 percent decrease in overall crime, according to a release from Chicago police.
  • Violent crime fell 2.2 percent and property crime fell 4.5 percent, but murders have shown what police are calling a "significant decrease," dropping 6.6 percent compared to the same time period in 2006.
Imagine how much crime would have dropped if we weren't operating two, three or more beat cars down per district per day. Or how many more crimes would have been prevented if we had a Detective Division that was up to strength and could actually devote resources to solving crimes instead of moving the "x" and putting the repeat offenders behind bars. Or if we had prosecutors who were more willing to go for the felony conviction and remove thugs from the streets for tens of years instead of a few months.

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61 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still love this job and love locking up bad guys, but, I find myself asking...is the risk really worth being proactive ? The city won't even bargain in good faith and alot of us still go out and risk it all day after day. The city will hang you out to dry. Not me yet, but, I have friends rotting at callback and these were working police officers before they were screwed over by the city, politicians, and everyone else involved. When they get set free, I hope that they don't ever generate a penny for the city that FUCKED them over. I'm starting to see the light. The day guy have the right idea. Write your reports, back each other up, and do your best not to get wet...hungry...or tired. I would never tell the young guys to not work because I had lots of fun in the ghetto when i was there, but, I may become a "daydog" in the near future. This is only for self preservation, not because I don't love the job...I just don't trust the job anymore !

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

Today in 004 the so-called badass tattooed biker on 433 learned that he DOES need his fellow officers in 004 afterall. He found out he wasn't Superman or the badass tough guy. Juveniles can really fight right? When he first arrived in 004 after the SOS disbandent, he went off on the very people...us who saved his butt today! He made statements about being better because he was SOS and that he didn't need pussys like us backing him up, because he could handle anything. I guess, my pussy ass was needed afterall during his 10-1. I was there through it all.
For the record, I work an early car in 004 and never once bashed the po's from SOS. I kept my mouth shut while he ranted at us all because somebody wrote about him on the blog. In my mind I knew one day he would regret saying the awful things he said that day. The day came and he and his partner were rescued by the lowly pussy ass 004 officers. Your welcome Officer.

Next time, leave your SOS stories in the passed. You are 004 now. See you at rollcall.

12/22/2007 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask the Commander of 007 if crime is down. Not there it's not. 4 people shot in less than 24 hours. I can't wait until next weeks DOC meeting. This is going to be good.

12/22/2007 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More smoke and mirrors. Homiesides are down due to the fact medical technology is improving.

Suppose you add 50% of the Agg Batteries to the Homeyside number.

Believing stats generated from HQ is like believing that only 24 homeless exist in the central business district.

12/22/2007 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crime is down for 2007. oooh, i'm getn' all tingly inside. NOTTT!

I feel so safe in Chicago. NOTTT!

Another crock of shit being spued out to the public.

Smoke n Mirrors, people.

Hire more cops damit. We're still short 3,000 plus and we all know it.

Fuck you Mayor, thanks for the NO CONTRACT for Christmas AGAINNNNN.

12/22/2007 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought we were going to be up over 400 homicides this year..we were at like 380 something in the middle of november the last time they gave us the crime is down bullshit...lets get back to the good old bloody days in chicago

12/22/2007 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The murder rate has only dropped in the city because more shitheads were relocated (sect.8), to the suburbs.

12/22/2007 04:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not kid yourself, crime is not down because of good police work on the street.

Crime is down because the review officers are utilizing their pens to change part 1 crimes into part 2 crimes.

Homicides are down because of the two individuals who sit outside Chief Maher's office and review every report regarding a death investigation. These two individuals, under her direction, decide how many death's become homicides. They have the power to override what the Area has classified.

This was Cline's initiative that she is carrying on.

The question is will the policy continue under Jody?

12/22/2007 05:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's because of all the saturation teams. Don't playa hate, SATURATE!

12/22/2007 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea crime is down alright...bullshit. The killing of crime is way up. They should investigate the districts and see how crime is killed by all the report changing as in RECLASSIFICATION.

12/22/2007 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd never guess crime was down by looking at the most recent violent crime trends in 007, 008 and 009. Looks like Dodge City on those 3 Districts.

12/22/2007 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Jon Burge Fan Club said...

Are we all getting another ribbon?

12/22/2007 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

More smoke and mirrors. Homiesides are down due to the fact medical technology is improving.

12/22/2007 01:30:00 AM
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This is absolutely TRUE! All the crime fighting bullshit strategies cooked up by the braided ones haven't had near the impact on the murder rate as have the heroic advances in emergency medicine.

Murder rate down? Thank your local trauma center. The real stat to look at is how many people are trying to kill someone but failing thanks to the ER.

Bro's who used to go in a bag are now back in the hood hoisting a 40 ouncer. And of course we are paying for all that free medical care to the uninsured shoting victims in Englewood, Pullman, South Chicago, Grand Crossing, Harrison etc.

I always thought that when one shithead shot another it was a win-win situation; one dead and one to the joint. Now many are getting another chance thanks to emergency medicine.

That shooting victim that was "saved" then starts going to church regular and takes his kids fishing and such, right?

Hah! He lives on just to lengthen that rap sheet.

12/22/2007 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crime is down how many years in Chicago???????? Give me my raise .

12/22/2007 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*****
*****
Sure glad I wrote all those snow tow parkers last week. Seat belt enforcement must also be helping to keep crime down.
I'll go out tonight and write a city sticker parking violation and prevent another major crime. I should get an award!

12/22/2007 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Less homicides more aggravated batteries = modern medicine.

12/22/2007 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"including a murder rate that could be the lowest in more than 20 years."

Those creative writing classes at Lewis are paying off.

12/22/2007 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what are the homicide clearence rates?

12/22/2007 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The murder rate has only dropped in the city because more shitheads were relocated (sect.8), to the suburbs.

12/22/2007 04:20:00 AM



They will be back. Look at all those empty condos that can't sell for sh!t. Do a drive by of 3100 W. Polk. That is condo living future.

12/22/2007 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:28am
AMEN brother. Remember: Coppers should never write checks their bodies can't cash....even if they are BIKERS. Regarding the 10-1,
MD was lucky you had his back!
Nice work to ALL 004 coppers and outside units.
-004 po like you

12/22/2007 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Ray Ray Burger Wilke said...

Does this mean I can put an oak leaf clover on my crime reduction ribbon....??

12/22/2007 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still love this job and love locking up bad guys, but, I find myself asking...is the risk really worth being proactive ? The city won't even bargain in good faith and alot of us still go out and risk it all day after day. The city will hang you out to dry. Not me yet, but, I have friends rotting at callback and these were working police officers before they were screwed over by the city, politicians, and everyone else involved. When they get set free, I hope that they don't ever generate a penny for the city that FUCKED them over. I'm starting to see the light. The day guy have the right idea. Write your reports, back each other up, and do your best not to get wet...hungry...or tired. I would never tell the young guys to not work because I had lots of fun in the ghetto when i was there, but, I may become a "daydog" in the near future. This is only for self preservation, not because I don't love the job...I just don't trust the job anymore !

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you just did tell young guys not to work. I don't see a reason for person in patrol to ever do a street stop again. The city throws it PO under a bus all the time. It is understood that you will be fired for anything, and sued for anything.

The worst part is, Moral and productivity is going sink further.

12/22/2007 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many Agg batts are really homicides? Lots.

12/22/2007 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask the citizens if crime is down in their hood........NOT. This BS the City doles out every year is a joke. ASK THE REAL QUESTION, How often are there NO cars AVAILABLE/RAPS for our crime victims ?

12/22/2007 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this is because of the mighty TRU!!!! Only they should get a crime reduction ribbon this year. The only real police in the city!!!

Seriously though TRU, what's with the old armored car that has nothing more than traffic cones in it. All that money wasted on that unit and my battery died after 6hrs. last night...

12/22/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Homicides will be right back up next year .... there's no rhyme or reason for the decrease, we all know that ... we are 13,000 amongst 3 MILLION .....

12/22/2007 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Over Educated Copper! said...

The biggest reason crime is down is because most of all of the Housing Projects are gone!

Most all of the shootings, drug dealing, rapes, and other criminal activities were done in the Robert Tayler Homes, Stateway Gardens, Cabrini Green, Rockwell Gardens, Wells, etc. Now most all resemble a ghost town! That is the real reason crime is down.

All of the "ANIMALS" live in the suburbs or in Indiana. I know of many suburban coppers who complain about all of the dogs that now live in the suburbs and they squat wherever they please!

I say good riddance to them all.

But for the City to say that crime is down due to CAPS is just total BULLSHIT!

12/22/2007 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous shooter of the innocent said...

Crime isn't down, the computer is.

12/22/2007 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The murder clearance rate in area 2is 37% any one ever talk about that. So the rate of occurences is down a smidge, but nothing is getting solved. The pressue cooker is going to blow

12/22/2007 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working 433? R U kiddn? where did the incident happen? This cat needs to hit the bricks out of 004. Nothing but good people there.

12/22/2007 04:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, yesterday in 004 a 10-1 was called out because of extremely violent teenagers! Don't tell us down here in 004 that crime rates have fucking gone down!!! Where was ADS Skahill's beloved officers who can do it all...TRU? Still think getting rid of 6-2 rapids is a wise choice? NOT! 004 needs help. We are way bigger than other districts. We deserve the MOST help. That 10-1 was a clear sign of bad times a coming in 004.
Excellent post 12:28. I am sure "D" is well aware of his erroneous words. Knowing the kind of SOS copper he is, I am sure he will again speak to the officers and APOLOGIZE. Cut the guy a break though, he did get dumped from SOS. It wasn't his choice to work in 004 again.
-004th po

12/22/2007 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw media reports this week that the Federal government and the FBI have opened a criminal investigation in Florida over the killing of crime to make the PD look good.

I believe it was in Miami.

I would guess that the little guys would end up taking the heat as the bosses never do.

Therefore review men and those people who work for Chief Maher should be careful or their pensions could be on the line.

12/22/2007 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous K Kringle said...

A message to the sat team in area 5. stop calling for paper cars when you on view something like a traffic crash. Do it your fucking self, you found it its yours.

since when did you stop carrying traffic crash reports in your cars when you got on the do nothing sat team.

us beat cars are growing tired of cleaning up other peoples messes.

merry christmas

12/22/2007 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/22/2007 11:03:00 AM

HaHaHa. Good one.

12/22/2007 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

friend in R&D told me, Uniform spec & Dept notice is coming out mid january, will cover the use of blue star to designate second year for crime reduction ribbon.

12/22/2007 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A message to the sat team in area 5. stop calling for paper cars when you on view something like a traffic crash. Do it your fucking self, you found it its yours.

since when did you stop carrying traffic crash reports in your cars when you got on the do nothing sat team."

Why don't you redirect your venom to the 3 striper you see@ roll call& checkoff. Why is he strangely silent when you are assigned that job,but is checking for your status when you're 11mins.into a personal?

That's why 95% of the Patrol Division sucks lazy, incompetent spineless suckholes that wear a white shirt to work each day.

Go ahead & chime on this secondcitysarge, & bring your shinebox Punk!!

12/22/2007 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the top exempts again killing crime? maybe to impress jody before he bounces all of them out?

12/22/2007 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The murder rate has only dropped in the city because more shitheads were relocated (sect.8), to the suburbs."

Indeed. Evanston thanks you.

12/22/2007 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...crime may be down but pookie is still shotified y'all!

12/22/2007 07:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dickhead, let me get this right. Guy in 004 got his ass kicked because he was a biker or because he was an SOS guy? I'm a biker and never thought that my ass won't get kicked.

I'll stand my ground, that's for sure! But what you have is some one that has tattoo's and rides a motorcycle who thinks his shit don't stink, not a biker.

So, he'll see how much of a ass he was or tell all his SOS buddies of how much of a bunch of pussies you guy were and how you guys did'nt have his back. Again, not a biker. Someone who thinks his shit don't stink.

On behalf of bikers, who are the police. Thank you for backing the guy up and hopfully showing this guy, that he should chill the fuck out and be the police with the police, not a washed up SOS guy against the police.

12/22/2007 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/22/2007 05:36:00 PM

Why when they or a bullshit "Tac Team" notices something a beat car is called! are they to "Elite" to actaully handle the job they "noticed"! WTF! Hey assholes if you stumble upon a paper job just do it thank you!

12/22/2007 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger papa smurf said...

the homicide rate is not down. all these foreign doctors are just getting good at saving these mutts to bang away another day. god and peace to all my brothers. back each other up and fight the good fight.

12/23/2007 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:40PM....God bless you and bikers like you! Every since he came to 004 he acted like the Pharoh of Egypt. Too good for his fellow po's because they weren't SOS like him.
I'll tell you, it wasn't the former SOS guys that saved his ass. It was guys like me. Regular joes who took his ass chewing with a grain of salt. I knew he'd need us. Maybe now he'll come off his high horse and be a regular joe like many of us in 004?

12/23/2007 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Killing Crime on Paper" in the early 1980's was the TV News series report that made Pam Z's reputation after the Mirage Tavern expose. Where's is the little redhead now with a real story to do.

Is it the same in all districts, the midnight watches are getting stripped of P.O.s and Sergeants to beef up the afternoon and day watches. Seems like the brass thinks that nothing can happen after 0100 and they are putting everyone they can into TRU and the other watches.

COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU

And what will this do to our stats, almost 20,000 federal prisoners doing hard time for crack cocaine offenses will soon be set free because they are predominately black.

Stay Safe,and Always Write the Truth!

12/23/2007 03:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Anonymous said...
"Today in 004 the so-called badass tattooed biker on 433 learned that he DOES need his fellow officers in 004 afterall".)
What is the meatheads name ???

12/23/2007 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously though TRU, what's with the old armored car that has nothing more than traffic cones in it. All that money wasted on that unit and my battery died after 6hrs. last night...

That used to belong to SOS. Had to use it for something since SWAT has their new vehicle.

12/23/2007 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why when they or a bullshit "Tac Team" notices something a beat car is called! are they to "Elite" to actaully handle the job they "noticed"! WTF! Hey assholes if you stumble upon a paper job just do it thank you!


Ask any boss, they are not supposed to handle paper jobs.

12/23/2007 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS ARE DOWN DUE TO THE WONDERS OF MODERN SCIENCE.
A GOOD AND BAD THING AT THE SAME TIME.

12/23/2007 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, ok...MD learned a strong lesson. I agree the experience has probably humbled him a little. He's a biker, but he ain't a loyal biker. REAL bikers don't drop their colors for another club like he did!

12/23/2007 05:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, ok...MD learned a strong lesson. I agree the experience has probably humbled him a little. He's a biker, but he ain't a loyal biker. REAL bikers don't drop their colors for another club like he did!
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YOU ARE SO GAY!! You sound like a gangbanger you softball. Dropped his colors? Are you out of your fucking mind? Who the hell do we hire here?

12/23/2007 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Ok, ok...MD learned a strong lesson. I agree the experience has probably humbled him a little. He's a biker, but he ain't a loyal biker. REAL bikers don't drop their colors for another club like he did!

12/23/2007 05:34:00 PM

You watch to much television! A real biker what is that a Hells Angel? Anything else is just a wanna be!

12/23/2007 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12/23/2007 05:34:00 PM

Is the word "colors" biker-talk for "underwear"?

12/24/2007 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MD is a biker through and through. Hells Angels got nothing on this billy badass. EVERYONE is afraid to piss the man off. He's mean! Say what you want, but this guy on 433 is the toughest copper in 004!
-004 copper

12/24/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANY BOSS will tell you he or she doesn't give a damn who handles the job, as long as it gets done.
Tact or beat, most paper jobs can be completed in less than 10 minutes with a little experience.
There should be a rule that the first CAR on the scene handles the job, plainclothes or uniform.

12/24/2007 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damato on 433 is better than all you regular joes in 004. You should be thankful he got sent to you. The man is the toughest SOB in 004. That 10-1 showed his toughness and how he can really kick ass!!!
He continually shows why he was SOS and you pussies weren't!

12/25/2007 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop bitching and moaning about specialized units! Sat and Tact are not paper cars they are doing what they are supposed to. Regarding traffic accidents thats what a traffic car is for. Let me guess you as a beat car never asked for assistance regarding any paper jobs. We are all blue these Sat. officers are hard working and always willing to help us beat cars. Even the Sgt's help us on our in progress calls. So if you don't like paper stop crying like a little BITCH and join TRU TACT or SAT. On second thought you sound miserable so nothing may make you happy.

12/25/2007 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great ,lower crime again, congrats CPD, too bad the pimp-shrimp Mayor and city council won't give CPD officers a hefty raise for their hard work.

12/25/2007 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sat and Tact are not paper cars they are doing what they are supposed to. Regarding traffic accidents thats what a traffic car is for. Let me guess you as a beat car never asked for assistance regarding any paper jobs"

On the first watch in our district we have not had a traffic car more than once or twice in almost a month. We now have primary cars down every night and our wagon is also a beat car. Those ghetto paper jobs are frequent, and tie up man-power like those BS/CAPS missions.

I hope this new superintendent, puts the manpower in the districts,on the watches 24/7.

12/25/2007 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the homicide count at the M.E.'s Office?

If the report about Florida is true then I believe Maher would look good in an orange jump suit!

12/26/2007 05:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

99% of homicides that are not domestic related are affiliated in some way shape or form to Narcotics and Gangs. I know we all love to point fingers at those units because they have covert vehicles, etc. and it is a hard unit to get in, but what they do on a daily basis and then go home to their families, watch their names get searched on the web search engines and pray everyday that no bad guy realizes who they are, makes their job not to appealing to the everyday copper like me.

We have got to be a more proactive department and give these units the resources they need to really work with other agencies to infiltrate these organizations and get the real criminals at the core. We HAVE to live in Chicago, so you idiots better wake up. Beverly, Morgan Park, Wicker Park, 016, 022, etc. all these areas and districts are seeing spikes in violent crime. They are going somewhere. The more meth and crack addicts we watch be created on a daily basis, just feeds into the criminal element.

12/26/2007 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous 2Gunn said...

As a former SOS officer I always believed that I was the kind of officer that did not stand apart from the other officers regardless of what section of the city we all hail from, I just know that if I ever needed assistance I can always rely on my fellow Chicago Police Officers to back me up. I think that we should be fortunate that we are able to go home every night to our families log onto this blog website and bitch about how in one way were getting screwed by this or by that. (But at least your home and alive to be able to do that, due to the actions or inactions of the people in blue). So enough of me on my soapbox and let me say to you all have a happy and safe New Years and always remember the ones who are fighting abroad and at home.

12/31/2007 12:41:00 PM  

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