The police blotter: Sneed hears new top cop Jody Weis summoned his top brass recently to tell them of his decision to initiate a new plan.
• Translation: Weis wants a new statistic inserted in all police reports: the temperature on the day of the crime.
• The backshot: Although crime reportedly rises when the weather warms up, Weis supposedly wants the assumption confirmed statistically.
Sorry, but don't we have a few thousand inside people who do data entry? Can we get them to call Skilling, get a print out of the temperatures and give that to Review? Is the Detective Division gong to be going through the National Weather System archives and checking for hourly temperature readings? And although the official temperatures come from O'Hare, everyone knows you add three to five degrees for Midway and the south side. Are we doing WBBM "Real Feel" temps that factor in the humidity? What if the crime occurs in an air conditioned building - are we looking for thermostat readings? Will we be issued calibration equipment to ensure that the thermostat setting is within a range of acceptable deviation? "Squad, can I get a temperature check at 1725 hours on today's date? Send me an ET for pictures of the thermostat? Thanks."
Is J-Fed doing a master's thesis on temperature vs crime? What could possibly be the purpose of such asinine data collection? What idiot is advising J-Fed that this is a good idea? And yeah, we know about the "Approx Outside Temp" box on the TRR - that's an incredibly stupid bit of data collection, too.
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