You Better "Measure Up"
With murders up, arrests down and officers writing fewer parking tickets, Chicago cops will soon have to measure up in performance evaluations for the first time since 2002, top department officials said Monday.
The department hopes to have a new evaluation system in place by the end of the year, said Beatrice Cuello, deputy superintendent of patrol. Officers, sergeants and watch commanders will be evaluated.
The department is considering annual evaluations, said Ted O'Keefe, deputy superintendent of administrative services.
"The superintendent thinks a performance evaluation system is a key part of every organization to identify the people who are your top performers," O'Keefe said.
Officers, meanwhile, have written about 84,000 fewer tickets than last year. If that pace continues, the department will end the year with about 1.49 million tickets, down 9 percent from the 1.63 million police-issued tickets last year.
At $75 per ticket, the 84,000 ticket falloff would cost the city $6.3 million. If the fines averaged $100 a ticket, the loss would be $8.4 million.
We certainly hope the FOP, the media and the citizens are paying attention to what the Police Department is becoming. Or what it has already become. The crime rate doesn't lie.
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