Friday, November 27, 2009

"Reduced Service" Day

  • Friday is scheduled to be a "reduced-service" day in Chicago, where as a money-saving move the city will shut down most city services, leaving only a skeleton crew to handle emergencies and conduct necessary business such as collecting revenue.

    About 11,000 workers are expected to stay home the day after Thanksgiving and again on Christmas Eve. The first of the three reduced services days in 2009 was Aug. 17.

    City workers also have been taking furlough days throughout the year to help reduce payroll costs.

For some reason, this includes shutting down half the fueling stations in the city so squads and fire equipment have to travel miles out of their areas to refuel, contributing to backlogs, increasing response times and reducing backup. We thought the automation of the fueling stations would have eliminated the need for shutting them down at all (it's automated, see?) but that doesn't seem to be the case.

On a brighter note, about three-quarters of the exempt staff are taking their mandatory furlough days this long holiday weekend and for some reason, the Districts and Units are operating seamlessly. Useless meetings are down, reductions in paperwork are reported and somehow, operations continue without a hitch.

Next year, mandatory furlough days are going from 12 to 24 for exempts. We'd propose expanding that to 48 days at a minimum. It seems to be working wonders.

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37 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The captain remarked he now makes more than the commander, thanks to the mandatory days off. We live in the twilight zone.

KMA and just countin' the days...

11/27/2009 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous NW traffic institute grad said...

Eliminate the district commanders position: nothing more than a conduit for graff.

Just have the area chief respond when requested by the WC who is nothing more than a lieutenant.
( eliminate captain spot)

In other words: exempts should stay out of our day to day operation.
We run this mother fucker without you.

11/27/2009 01:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, a dangerous situation is getting worse. Tonite during a traffic stop aroutine name check revealed the driver to be an unregistered convicted predatory sexual offender. He was registered in Broadview but last contact for him was over 6 mos ago. After questioning he gave a new address in Chicago. A/2 Detectives told us it was boadviews case so they were not gonna hold him. We contacted Broadview and they stated since he's in Chicago now it's ours. Either way a felony has been commited right? Well, A/2 says they are too short handed and dont, wont do anything with it. Further more Watch Commander will not hold him and told us to release him without a CB#. Info report only. Driver is TVB'd and given Ibond then released. I just don't understand anymore. We documented everything, names, stars. phone numbers, ect..
All this man power shortage has now allowed dangerous sex offenders to roam our streets. Just think if he attacks again. How many others are out there?

11/27/2009 02:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exempts will be making less than a PPO.

11/27/2009 02:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never been able to discern any noticeable difference in my district between the commander's presence or absence. Like most district's, the place runs itself, the commander is there to lead the troops on St Jude Sunday is about it.

11/27/2009 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will "they" realize we get more done when they're off. That should be a sign....shut up and let the workers work. We don't need no exempts-never have.

11/27/2009 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are those department of revenue ticket writers taking the day off too?

If they put them on mandatory furlough during shopping times, businesses might just do a little better.

11/27/2009 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

r police and fire next?

11/27/2009 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE 016 2ND WATCH BOSSES FOR YOUR CLASS ACT ON THANKSGIVING DAY!

11/27/2009 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the furlo days, a Commander will make the same pay as a Lt. No Capt in his right mind would take the gold star.

11/27/2009 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck it shut down all the fueling stations, and take the CTA buses let them wait for service, animals can kill each other!

11/27/2009 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

With most of these CPD clout babies, house mice and clout bunny hotties, every tour is a "reduced service day".

Also, it's about time that the mythical concept of "duty availability pay" be converted to its original purpose: SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL for officers working the streets during the hours of darkness.

If you're out there on third and first watch, you're damn fools for not bitching.

Check around with other major police departments. They have SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL. "Duty availability pay" is utter bullshit. Why should some pencil-pushing, empty-holstered clout baby working straight days with weekends off get the same pay as street coppers working the dark mean bloody streets and alleys of da 'wood and Fillmo'?

If a diurnal house mouse wants SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL, get his/her ass out on the nighttime bricks.

11/27/2009 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every day will be a reduced service day until Cozzi is out and J-Jag is gone. Brace yourself citizens the real police have left the building.

11/27/2009 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr mayor , assign lts or captains as district commanders , the car with straight days and week ends off you'll have them calling you and aldercreatures for the spot.
this would save pension and save millions on expemt salary.
the only exempt positions should be superintendent and his immediate command staff .

11/27/2009 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have been in a "reduced service day" mode for about (29) months, about the same time w/o a contract. first responder & last paid! keep kickin us and we may leave this shit hole city too.

11/27/2009 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC, a dangerous situation is getting worse. Tonite during a traffic stop aroutine name check revealed the driver to be an unregistered convicted predatory sexual offender. He was registered in Broadview but last contact for him was over 6 mos ago. After questioning he gave a new address in Chicago. A/2 Detectives told us it was boadviews case so they were not gonna hold him. We contacted Broadview and they stated since he's in Chicago now it's ours. Either way a felony has been commited right? Well, A/2 says they are too short handed and dont, wont do anything with it. Further more Watch Commander will not hold him and told us to release him without a CB#. Info report only. Driver is TVB'd and given Ibond then released. I just don't understand anymore. We documented everything, names, stars. phone numbers, ect..
All this man power shortage has now allowed dangerous sex offenders to roam our streets. Just think if he attacks again. How many others are out there?

11/27/2009 02:34
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Your Watch Commander is largely at fault. If evrything you say is correct, he should have insisted, in no uncertain terms, that the Dicks respond and conduct an investigation as to charging. The dicks really don't have a choice when an arrest for a felony is made, and sometimes it requires someone with some rank to remind tham. Belive me it works. He was also dead wring in releasing without a CB number. That takes him off the hook, but puts it squarely in your back.

11/27/2009 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As of new year no more Street Deputies Watch Commanders to handle to handle shootings in their districts.

11/27/2009 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this man power shortage has now allowed dangerous sex offenders to roam our streets. Just think if he attacks again. How many others are out there?

11/27/2009 02:34:00 AM

Parents check those "registered sex offender" websites to see how many are living by them, but if you think about it, what you should be thinking is how many live by us and are NOT registered? I'll bet a large number fall through the cracks....

11/27/2009 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say ....
Keep decentralizing from HQ

every Area Deputy Chief is in Charge of his/her districts. Eliminate the District Commander's position. Highlight the position of a district Manager for paper pushing. No need for Captains. Have W/C = Lt's running the Show with a pay scale a bit less than a captain's pay. Deputy chief to have the direct supervision of field Lt's (2-3) per watch - saving 2-3 positions per watch/ per district.

The accountability is for the Deputy chief for each area. Rather than an alderman + a commander. The Lt's in the area will act as an advisory committe on what's going on the streets and what's needed along with the local CAPs offices and the Area CAPs LT. Eliminate the nonsense and all will be happy. Every watch in every district is being managed independently, ANYway!!!

11/27/2009 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F that.

Law Department's on duty today, working to defend the cops.

Just wanted you all to know that . . . .

11/27/2009 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, a dangerous situation is getting worse. Tonite during a traffic stop aroutine name check revealed the driver to be an unregistered convicted predatory sexual offender. He was registered in Broadview but last contact for him was over 6 mos ago. After questioning he gave a new address in Chicago. A/2 Detectives told us it was boadviews case so they were not gonna hold him. We contacted Broadview and they stated since he's in Chicago now it's ours. Either way a felony has been commited right? Well, A/2 says they are too short handed and dont, wont do anything with it. Further more Watch Commander will not hold him and told us to release him without a CB#. Info report only. Driver is TVB'd and given Ibond then released. I just don't understand anymore. We documented everything, names, stars. phone numbers, ect..
All this man power shortage has now allowed dangerous sex offenders to roam our streets. Just think if he attacks again. How many others are out there?

11/27/2009 02:34:00 AM
what ever area he lives in is responsible for charging, your watch commander and the detectives just committed a crime by letting him go

11/27/2009 03:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the economic situation, will the Superintendent be hosting his annual TAXPAYER funded Holiday luncheon for the Command Staff, elected officials, various vip's and select "favorite" media reporters again this year?

This dress uniform event at a four star downtown hotel easily costs taxpayers 5 figures. Meanwhile, civilian lock-up keepers and crossing guards are taking mandatory furlough days and struggling to put food on their family's table and fund the kids Christmas gifts. I guess those sacrifices are necessary so there is money available for priorities like this tax payer funded holiday luncheon.

Officer's pay their own way to their unit holiday parties. The Department "aka" taxpayer pays for this party.

Be sure to check the correct box: Steak, Fish or Vegetarian.

11/27/2009 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, a dangerous situation is getting worse. Tonite during a traffic stop aroutine name check revealed the driver to be an unregistered convicted predatory sexual offender. He was registered in Broadview but last contact for him was over 6 mos ago. After questioning he gave a new address in Chicago. A/2 Detectives told us it was boadviews case so they were not gonna hold him. We contacted Broadview and they stated since he's in Chicago now it's ours. Either way a felony has been commited right? Well, A/2 says they are too short handed and dont, wont do anything with it. Further more Watch Commander will not hold him and told us to release him without a CB#. Info report only. Driver is TVB'd and given Ibond then released. I just don't understand anymore. We documented everything, names, stars. phone numbers, ect..
All this man power shortage has now allowed dangerous sex offenders to roam our streets. Just think if he attacks again. How many others are out there?

11/27/2009 02:34:00 AM


If this same situation happens to anyone again contact the U.S. Marshals Service in your district. Congress gave the U.S. Marshals the authority to investigate and apprehend unregistered sex offenders through the Adam Walsh Act last year. You won't have any problems since it's something new they're hungry for the work.

11/27/2009 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this man power shortage has now allowed dangerous sex offenders to roam our streets. Just think if he attacks again. How many others are out there?

11/27/2009 02:34:00 AM
what ever area he lives in is responsible for charging, your watch commander and the detectives just committed a crime by letting him go

11/27/2009 03:25:00 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Well then take a station assignment or go on the air to be held down for a prisoner transport to BROADVIEW...give dude a rife yourself and leave him in the LOBBY of their police station and let them know that he is turning himself in!

Signed
P.O Dell O'Gator 022

11/27/2009 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've een doing reduced service ever since the contract was expired!

FUCK YOU! DALEY AND ALDERSCUM!

11/27/2009 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
As of new year no more Street Deputies Watch Commanders to handle to handle shootings in their districts.

11/27/2009 01:10:00 PM
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Where you been? Street Deputies have been gone at least 6 months. You must still use dial up.

11/27/2009 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
As of new year no more Street Deputies Watch Commanders to handle to handle shootings in their districts.;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;


another obvious moron who would nt know a police shooting unless he saw it in a movie

11/27/2009 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Unregistered Sex Offender. Next time quit asking so many questions and stop second guessing yourself. If You know that you have a chargeable offense then just get him booked. There now you have a CB #. Then let the dummies do what they want, RWOC or whatever and your set.

11/27/2009 09:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the economic situation, will the Superintendent be hosting his annual TAXPAYER funded Holiday luncheon for the Command Staff, elected officials, various vip's and select "favorite" media reporters again this year?

This dress uniform event at a four star downtown hotel easily costs taxpayers 5 figures. Meanwhile, civilian lock-up keepers and crossing guards are taking mandatory furlough days and struggling to put food on their family's table and fund the kids Christmas gifts. I guess those sacrifices are necessary so there is money available for priorities like this tax payer funded holiday luncheon.

Officer's pay their own way to their unit holiday parties. The Department "aka" taxpayer pays for this party.

Be sure to check the correct box: Steak, Fish or Vegetarian.

11/27/2009 04:20:00 PM
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JODY should pay for this little soiree out of his own pocket. It would remain taxpayer-funded, as he still receives two paycheck for doing one job, but it would at least save the City thousands of dollars.

11/27/2009 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The watch commander's will only handle shootings where there are no known hits. When an offender is shot by the police, the on-call incident commander (area deputy chief) will respond.

11/28/2009 04:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday, 28 November, 2009; another reduced service day.

masters & weis: fuck you both very much.

11/28/2009 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This unregistered sex offender thread reminded me of a question I've had for a while. Without street deputies, who now has the authority to do a felony over-ride when Felony Review rejects charges?

11/28/2009 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey O'Mayor, This retiree will be a commander for a hundred thou.(clear) (cash) (unmarked bills). I can cut through all this rif raf and nonsense. Just give me lots and lots of award paper, medals, gold braids my officers can attach to their dress blues for award days and we'll be good to go. Get back to me.

11/29/2009 03:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

This unregistered sex offender thread reminded me of a question I've had for a while. Without street deputies, who now has the authority to do a felony over-ride when Felony Review rejects charges?

11/28/2009 11:33:00 AM


Who cares?

11/29/2009 06:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DO we not pay taxes for 365 days a year????? Me think law siut is in order !!!! NAME KING DICKHEAD in law suit see him studder!!!!

11/29/2009 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just Wondering??

Could you see the days of an Area Captain/Watch Commander?? Don't be surprised if you see this come to light in a budget cutting move...How to cut the current crop down is the hold up, but I would bet the City has something sneaky up their sleeve.
Lieutenants would be held more accountable, and Sergeants have more responsibility...Keep it in mind

11/29/2009 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Given the economic situation, will the Superintendent be hosting his annual TAXPAYER funded Holiday luncheon for the Command Staff, elected officials, various vip's and select "favorite" media reporters again this year?

This dress uniform event at a four star downtown hotel easily costs taxpayers 5 figures. Meanwhile, civilian lock-up keepers and crossing guards are taking mandatory furlough days and struggling to put food on their family's table and fund the kids Christmas gifts. I guess those sacrifices are necessary so there is money available for priorities like this tax payer funded holiday luncheon.

Officer's pay their own way to their unit holiday parties. The Department "aka" taxpayer pays for this party.

Be sure to check the correct box: Steak, Fish or Vegetarian.

11/27/2009 04:20:00 PM
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JODY should pay for this little soiree out of his own pocket. It would remain taxpayer-funded, as he still receives two paycheck for doing one job, but it would at least save the City thousands of dollars.

11/27/2009 11:35:00 PM

What a joke!!! As a civilian employee of the CPD who reads this blog religiously thanks for bringing this one up. We have civilian members who have served the CPD for over 40 years who would never be considered for invitation to this event. These are the same folks who have to give up 12 days of pay this year so the likes of Ray Ray, Lanky Karen and the rest of the SPG can attend this little “pat myself on the back” event. I just want to say to the Superintendent, all his command staff, and other assorted flunkies, enjoy your rubber chicken luncheon because you where "given" it not because you “earned” it. I’ll tell my kids all about it at Christmas as they open their meager presents because Dad isn’t making as much this year.

12/01/2009 04:04:00 AM  

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