As police Supt. Jody Weis went from floor to floor of police headquarters today dressed in his red holiday sweater, he not only wished his troops Merry Christmas.
He also thanked them for a job well done — given the 12 percent drop in total crime in Chicago this year, compared to 2008.
How about making an appearance at each of the Districts around the clock and thanking the people on the ground level? The ones with the "reverends" second guessing their every move? The guys and gals serving in squad cars with 100,000 and three years of accumulated gunk coating the interiors? The ones actually doing, you know, police work?
Frank Main manages to get in a little Christmas jab in the midst of all this "good news"
But his holiday spirits were tempered by a bit of bad news: the murder clearance rate has dipped about 4 percentage points this year to 54 percent. That includes killings committed in 2009, as well as older ones.
The dip in the clearance rate is being attributed in part to a failure of citizens to tip the police off to criminals in their midst.
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