Police districts on Chicago's North Side would lose beat officers to South Side and West Side districts if the city were to reallocate cops based on the volume of 911 calls and backups for police service, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.
Police Supt. Jody Weis is expected to unveil a reallocation plan before the end of the year. One of the factors in his politically sensitive decision will be whether there's an abundance of officers in districts based on calls for service, he has said. Weis hasn't identified the districts that will lose beat officers, how may cops will be shifted or any other factors he will use in the reallocation.To measure calls for service and backups, the Sun-Times obtained a district-by-district comparison of 911 calls and of "radio assignments pending call events," which means the times there's no car available to respond to a call in a district.
- All "man with a gun calls" that result in a 19-Paul;
- All anonymous calls of dope sales with ZERO descriptions;
- All landlord tenant disputes;
- All calls regarding "social ills," including a child not going to school, a child disrespecting someone, putting out the boy/girl friend of the minute;
- All Domestic Disturbances where (1) police have already responded twice, (2) police have spent a documented total of 15 minutes or more at the location, (3) a referral to a social agency has been given and (4) NO arrest has been made in the previous incidents or a NON-appearance by the victim at Domestic Court is known;
- The city's 911 data show certain areas of the city are "extremely quiet," Beale said. "We don't want to disturb that. However, if we can pull some of those resources to make some communities just as safe and secure as those other communities, we have a responsibility to do that. If you have officers sitting idle all day not responding to any calls and you have other sections where they can't even keep up with the calls, that's a disservice to the residents of this city."
Newsflash for Beale - you're going to have to move more than police resources to make those neighborhoods safe and secure.
Newsflash for taxpayers - you're about to get fucked. Again. Billion dollar deficits at the local level. Tens of billions in state debt. 10% unemployment in Illinois and nowhere to go but down.
Get out if you can. Get a gun if you can't.
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