J-Fed Press Conference
Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said today it was "unforgivable ...angering and disturbing" that a 14-year-old boy tricked officers into accepting him as one of their own for the major part of a shift last week.
"We were fortunate this young man had no evil in his heart," he said. "...We dodged a bullet on this one."
"This was a matter of complacency. People failed to implement policies that were in place. This is unacceptable."
Weis refused to specifically blame anybody for the security breach, but said it was the duty of every officer and every supervisor to challenge any suspicious individual, something that wasn't done in this case.
In addition to an internal department investigation into what went wrong and what procedural changes might be in order, he said he has asked the U.S. Secret Service to conduct an independent investigation of departmental security.
He also said that retailers of police uniforms and equipment had been reminded of security guidelines.
Thank goodness we can finally put this episode behind us and potential security breaches have been addressed. Move along people - nothing to see here.
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