Ed Burke Reads the Blog
- The City Council’s most powerful alderman urged Mayor Daley on Wednesday to ask off-duty police officers to work their days off to combat gang violence akin to “urban terrorism.”
Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee, said Daley’s plan to ease a severe manpower shortage by hiring 100 more officers will take too long and fall far short.
If 100 recruits enter the police academy on Sept. 1, it’ll be 24 weeks before they complete their training and hit the streets, he said.
“If you divide that 100 by 25 districts, you have maybe four officers-per-district. Divide that by three shifts and what have you got?” Burke said.
And how's that bodyguard detail working out for you Ed? Is it six coppers at the moment or more? Each "earning" sergeant pay for "alleged" threats received how many years ago? Vague undefined threats that no one has ever actually substantiated?
We wonder what would happen if everyone actually said, "No" to this overtime offer. Would the shootings skyrocket? Would the streets run red with blood? Would Shortshanks actually find a fiddle to play?