CAPS Dead Again
Mayor Daley said Thursday he wants to take the police out of community policing to put 200 more officers on the street.
Daley said Chicago’s Alternative Policing Strategy, known as CAPS, was conceived as a civilian-run program in the 1990s but now involves many more uniformed officers than was originally intended.
“Over 200 police officers or more were assigned to CAPS over years — lieutenants and sergeants and patrolmen. In some districts, they had 8 to 10 or 12 people assigned to CAPS. . . . All the sudden, a civilian thing . . . went to a Police Department [program]. That was not the concept,” the mayor said.
In light of that shortage, which triggered a police protest this week, Holt said the move makes sense.
“The citizens have spoken. They have complained about not enough police presence. They want more police presence in their neighborhoods,” Holt said.
[...] Critics contend the program is being decimated. Holt denied that.
Regardless, we are unable to currently afford the previous CAPS luxuries.
A question though - seeing as how J-Fled and Shortshanks are so eager to put more officers on street duty, doesn't that imply that crime is out of control? That they are losing or have lost control of the streets? They can't have it both ways. Or maybe they can until there's a massive upheaval in the ranks of the city council. It's promising to be an interesting campaign season.
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