Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Salsa Dancing?

If there is a god, please let this be untrue.

Someone related in a comment section that recruits were spending time down at Daley Center on some sort of "cultural awareness" training that involved them participating in salsa dancing?

Unfortunately, the other banter in the comment necessitated it being flushed. But seriously, salsa dancing? Whatever happened to the foxtrot?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish it were untrue.

I saw it on the news - was it last week? I can't remember. But it had looked like the recruits were doing some ridiculous dancing set up in Millenium Park.

My husband and I looked at each other and couldn't believe it. This is what the Academy has been reduced to? I guess "Welcome to the Gym" is not on the itinerary anymore.

Just a full curriculum of "Look Like Assholes."

5/26/2010 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take recruits dressed as Peter Pan.

They are bodies and we need bodies.

5/26/2010 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

salsa dancing!!!!!!! I wish I had salsa classes when I was in the academy!!!!!!!

5/26/2010 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRUE. saw it on the news about a weeks ago. they were dancing solo. looked like fools. i laughed my ass off.

5/26/2010 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where they selling $20 mojitos?

5/26/2010 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the news last week ( or two weeks ago) there was footage of some city lunch-time event that was about dancing or moving or I am not really sure what. The report did mention that the new police recruits were invovled, and showed them dancing up a storm!

5/26/2010 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salsa dancing? I see salsa dancing into the mouth of my fat partner every night. Damn guy dips those taco chips into the salsa into his mouth every day. But God love him, we take care of business when we got too. I wouldn't trade him in for anyone on the north side.

5/26/2010 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Concordville, PA said...

I must get a life. No more visiting this blog site 24/7. I'm taking up salsa--with guacamole.

5/26/2010 04:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was an article in one of our local rags about cpd recruits going to the art institute for some kind of training that involved paintings. Blow me Jody.

5/26/2010 04:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best trained recruits that the academy can provide. Seven months of classes. With the excellent leadership of HL the recruits will have the finest training and hit the ground making arrests. No other major city keeps recruits for seven months. All smoke and mirrors folks. Now move along, nothing to look at.

5/26/2010 05:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a non-story. The recruits were running from the academy. they got downtown and joined in the dance when they stopped at the dummy center. lets keep our eyes on the real enemy.

5/26/2010 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This department is so totally f-ed up!

5/26/2010 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRUE. I think it was Channel 5 news early last week..reported on the free salsa dancing as part of good health...had a stage at the daley center, and CPD recruits were in the crowd in their sweats and safety vests, having to salsa dance. Would be funny if it wasn't so sad... My wife and I looked at each other, shook our heads, and changed the channel.

5/26/2010 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The foxtrot??? Scc, it's time to take out your teeth and hit the sack, old man! You're talking nonsense...

5/26/2010 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salsa dancing???

Damn, that sounds a whole lot more fun than dealing with Gus Tero expecting me/us to do 1000 pushups in a hallway during my academy days.

--An old retired sgt.

5/26/2010 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the day we would run down Jackson to the Loop and do push-ups at the base of Sears Tower, or we would run over to Abla and piss off the natives.

The people running the CPD today are soft as Puppy-Shit. How bad do things have to get???

Signed "Used to mean something being a Chicago Cop"

5/26/2010 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I was there...I'd just start moshing and flailing around like an idiot and make the police look like fools on TV. Hey, man, I'm white, what do you expect?

5/26/2010 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Ultimate Tactical Warrior said...

Back when I was in the academy, the instructors used to make us dance the huckle-buckle like Jackie Gleason!

5/26/2010 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to take out my boxed set of the HBO series "THE WIRE" and re-watch every episode over beer and pizza so I can see how the CPD works. Oh? That wasn't the CPD on the show? Could have fooled me.

5/26/2010 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No other major city keeps recruits for seven months."

Here in DC we keep them for eight!

5/26/2010 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recruits dancing, wtf how much lower can the idiots running cpd be? Cannot stoop much lower, must be a gold star exempt dancing with the stars fan! Maybe ruthie can get you free access at an airport on airfield near you goofs!

5/26/2010 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a spinoff of the TV show "Dancing with the Stars" called "Stars Dancing".

5/26/2010 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need to go back to the academy to train for the German citizens I run into. I have to learn how to drink beer and chow down on a few brats. MMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/26/2010 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of recruits...I was at a call in 025 last night on Central Park by Diversey. A kid, being chased by the MSF police for auto theft, made it onto a roof top of a three story bldg. Once the kid realized he couldnt jump down or across to the next bldg, he started a stand-off telling the po-po's he was gonna jump. The young MSF coppers then did a great job calling it in and setting up a perimeter. Up to then, it was great work by the young officers. What happened next can only be described as the MOST FUCKING UNBELIEVEABLY STUPID DISPLAY OF IDIOTIC BEHAVIOR EVER SEEN BY A GROUP OF YOUNG COPPERS NONE OF WHICH HAD MORE THAN 8 YEARS ON:
a group of 20-30 coppers assembled at the mouth of the gangway each pointing their cell phone cameras at the jumper. They were taunting the kid to jump and laughing at him. All the while oblivious to the residents of the block behind them who were recording the coppers behave badly. The coppers from the msf and the a/5 midnight gang team all stood around joking and trying to capture the kid jump on their cell phone cameras. the cfd battalion chief went so far as to call operations command and complain. the msf started the foot chase but did not want to involve themselves in it now because the scene had the potential to go bad really fast. a sgt from 025 (2550) was able to take control of the scene and get the overflow of po's to leave the area. Luckily, for all involved, the jumper was talked-down and nobody got hurt. The jumper was grabbed by a msf po-po. During all this time, a lt and 2 sgt's from the msf just stood around with their hands in their pockets and didnt do shit...once the jumper was safely down and the dep chief arrived, the lt from msf came to life and ordered his p.o. butt boy to go around to all the district personnel and get their names and star numbers and telling them it was for their reports and that the "Mobile Strike Force was now in charge of the scene."

This story is not a work of fiction - it really happened. It is a prime example of how dysfunctional we in the CPD are right now - we need to get these young, arrogant, inexperienced coppers out of these specialized bullshit units and put them in busy districts under close supervision and mentoring of older guys. The Job was never like this and if we dont do something soon, we are going to collapse and lose all credibility in the law enforcement community.

5/26/2010 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foxtrot? Salsa? In the 80's they made us bring our own 5x5 piece of linoleum so we could break dance In the courtyards at Rockwell Gardens after a 1-1/2 mile jog. Talk about getting jiggy with it.

5/26/2010 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next week the recruits will be rehearsing at... Hop-Cheek-Cheeks Polka Lounge on Milwaukee Ave.
They'll be appearing there all week.
Don't forget to tip your waitress.

5/26/2010 09:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

40 hours of ethics training....40 hours of Spanish.....40 hours of Haz Mat that is geared for CFD...2 days at the Holocaust museum....2 Days at the Art Museum....60 Hours on Field Case Reporting concerning a Burglary....3 Days on Deviant Behavior (Autism, Mental Illness)... Guest Speaker Reverend from Englewood for an hour or so....And a day of Alternative Lifestyle training!!!!

5/26/2010 09:17:00 PM  

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