Friday, February 11, 2011

Wow

  • "We've got a domestic situation!" exclaimed Phil Strazzante, a Chicago police recruit, as he quickly sized up the scene — a man struggling with a naked woman just inches away from a knife lying on the floor.

    But this was no crime scene. Strazzante and 15 other recruits were checking out "Tarquin and Lucretia," a painting by 16th century Italian artist Tintoretto, as part of an unusual exercise Thursday at the Art Institute of Chicago. The aim was to teach soon-to-be patrol officers to sharpen their observational skills when they respond to shootings, robberies or traffic crashes.

    The department started the museum visits a couple of years ago but discontinued them until recently. The afternoon session was one part of the recruits' months-long training.
We're all for art appreciation, but this sounds more like a field trip to no apparent purpose. There has to be some other way to enhance recruits observational skills? We remember the gym instructors taking us for a run through a number of not-so-nice neighborhoods, then a few alleyways and then demanding to know the address of the building we were behind, how many people were on the sidewalk out front and what the car on the corner looked like. That was an eye opener to say the least.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T. Just heard on the news that the Wisconsin Governor is proposing doing away with collective bargaining for all state workers.



http://www.postcrescent.com/comments/article/20110211/APC0101/102110483/Wisconsin-Governor-Scott-Walker-to-strip-most-union-rights-to-help-fix-budget-deficit


Surprised Quinn hasn't thought of this.

2/11/2011 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was in the academy, we took a field trip to Cook County jail.

2/11/2011 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the new department created for the Hairspray Police. Afterwards, a nice bottle of Chiante and some cheese was sharged by the recruits in the Garden Room.

2/11/2011 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Sgt. Schultz said...

SCC, when I first saw the headline of this thread I immediately thought of a Sgt. that I met a few years ago. As I started to read the story, yup, same Sgt. A few years ago one of my men had to go to the Training Division and asked me to take him there.I agreeed as parking for him would have been a problem. We walked into the Sgt.in questions office and he introduced me to her. I sat down and did the polite thing which is to engage her in converation while my guy went about his business. A few days later my guy told me that he learned that the Sgt. in question was all nervous. She felt that I was down there to steal her job,lol. The funny thing is she has a job that I would not want even if they paid me a million dollars but she was all upset that I was scoping it/her out to see if I would like it.But after meeting her and reading this story, yeah, I can see where this could happen.

2/11/2011 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute. If for no other reason to let these recruits see art, to expand their horizons. So many times I partnered up with a guy who had never been to an art museum, a downtown theater, a fine dining restaurant, let alone just going to see a movie on their day off.

2/11/2011 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T.

From Sgts. Association website:

Fuck You Donahue and CityWide Team!!!

Another attempt to take away Supervisors' Representation on the Pension Board
Greetings,

The Illinois General assembly is back in session. Last week I talked to Rep. Dan Burke, who in the last Legislative session introduced H.B 5366, which was Mark Donahue's attempt to take away Supervisors representation on the Pension Board. After receiving many calls from concerned Supervisors, Rep. Burke "pulled " this bill, which came very close to passing. I contacted him two weeks ago and asked him not to re-introduce this bill in the new session, which began this week. He told me he would not sponsor the bill, but warned me that Mr. Donahue would probably find someone else to sponsor it. On Feb 8th, the new bill, H.B. 1198 was sponsored and had its first reading. Rep. Joseph Lyons (D), of the 19th Legislative District is the new sponsor. His office phone number in Chicago is (773) 286-1115. You can call this number and leave a message, or attempt to talk to him in Springfield at (217) 782-8400 (he does not have an email address). Please call him and politely but firmly ask him not to take away our representation. All of your phone calls to Mr. Burke made him "pull " this onerous bill. Please take the time to contact Rep. Lyons, as well as your State Representative and Senator, and ask them to oppose H.B. 1198.

As you already know, public pensions are under attack. Last session, "the two-tiered" system was passed for CPD & CFD Pensions. Now there is a movement in Springfield try to reduce the pensions of active Public employees. Today, it was reported that House Speaker Michael Madigan stated that he wants to change benefits of active state employees. We are under attack! Emails and phone calls to your Representatives lets them know you're concerned and monitoring Legislation that affects you. The time to get involved is now. Contact me with any questions or concerns.

Regards,

Sgt. Mike Lazzaro
744-3891

2/11/2011 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the kids.. er.. recruits go on the school bus to the field trip do they sing "99 bottles of beer on the wall'?

2/11/2011 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One would think that crime scene photos would do the trick.

2/11/2011 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess they didn't want the new recruits get the wrong idea about different neighborhoods....lol

2/11/2011 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh brother......how things have changed over the years. Instead of the training getting better, it's getting worse. Doesn't anyone know good old fashioned.......WATCH THE HANDS, anymore? .....or, WHERE YOU AT, after a foot pursuit or traffic stop???

2/11/2011 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J-Fled first arrives in Chicago and walks into a restroom at O'Hare airport and goes up to a urinal. Da Mare with no arms comes up to him and says "Hey, can you give me a hand?". Hell , even with his acute investigative skills he wasn't aware that da Mare had no arms, but he agrees to help anyway. He unzips da Mares pants, takes a deep breath, and reaches in and takes out his penis, which he is horrified to discover is all green and moldy. Imagining the bonus he will get come retirement from his new position , he continues to hold da Mares moldy unit as he urinates, gives it a shake, and zips it back up in his pants.

"Hey, thanks a lot J-fled" Da Mare says

"No problem. But there is one thing I have to know, what is wrong with your Johnson?"

Then da Mare pulls his arms out into his sleeves and says "I dunno know, but I'm sure as hell ain't gonna touch it!"

2/11/2011 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Is the wc on days in 004 always such a prick, or is it a part time gig?

2/11/2011 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Rahm is annointed as mayor he will have mandatory ballet classes for all recruits to improve their balance.

Photo here:

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/american-princess/2010/10/happy-fking-rahm-emanuel-day-everyone.html

2/11/2011 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, and to think we used to get run through the Abla Homes with no weapons when I was in the Academy.

I weep for this Department.

2/11/2011 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

HUH?

FIELD TRIPS ON THE TAX PAYERS DIME?

WHAT IS NEXT DOING CHARITY WORK ON COMPANY TIME AND NOT LOCKING UP THE BAD GUYS!

2/11/2011 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous GAPSOS said...

Forty years ago, at O'Brien Street, we were shown movies and then asked questions about what we saw - clock time, # of people, etc. Additionally, during certain class lectures - real-time radio traffic was piped in. You learned to listen to the lecture, observe and get use to paying attention to the radio. How simple was that!

2/11/2011 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words... "Fuckin stupid". Thank you very much.

2/11/2011 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Donatello said...

With this specialized art training and the required time spent learning "verbal judo" the new CPD recruit will be uniquely qualified to argue with the average Columbia College art major.

Not, however, with the average Englewood crack head.

2/11/2011 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've gotta be kidding me.......get these kids back in a classroom where a PO with time on the streets can show them what to look for.

How long is the Academy now with all this extra BS thrown in?

2/11/2011 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phew! Smells like some took a really nasty Jody in here!

2/11/2011 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the best activity, but think of the down time we had at the end of the academy when it was only four months long. Its six months long now, they really need fillers.

2/11/2011 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Teacher said...

Did they have snacks and nap time?

2/11/2011 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous kg said...

I don't know whether to laugh or just shake my head.

I'm a member at the Art Institute. I enjoy going there often. I've never looked at the artwork, though, and thought, 'Gee, what would a cop see?'

2/11/2011 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke this once great department has become! Your right SCC the long runs, the questions, now this liberal bullshit to "dumb down"cpd even more!

2/11/2011 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We remember the gym instructors taking us for a run through a number of not-so-nice neighborhoods,

Hoping this is still part of the core curriculum...

Exactly what i thought when I read the article. We were suited up in our riot gear once and ran over to the projects when someone took a shot at a squad, as we went into the buildings we were given a number and that was the floor we were told to run up to and bang the batons up and down the hallways...community policing...

2/11/2011 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real learning starts on the street with an FTO. Get them out of the academy sooner.

2/11/2011 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) Ok I have my FOP ballot in front of me,I know FOP did some good things maybe Greg/Bill could jump on here and explain why the FOP let the city get away with not paying their huge salaries! We the membership pay the salaries of FOP top honchos while the city paid it until what 4 years ago? Also same guys why do you have emails and not respond? Why are phone calls not returned?

Shields may not be the best but against the current crew we could use a man with new ideas! Ok I voted Mike Shields if you can protect the pension as well as the President job you just got my vote!!

2/11/2011 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next it will be a walk thru and tea at J-Fleds....

2/11/2011 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such nonsense. Is this some kind of liberal police training?

2/11/2011 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The making of pansy cops....

2/11/2011 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so we couldn't put a picture on a screen via proxima,in a classroom and do the same thing? Just incredible. What's next a trip to Great America?

2/11/2011 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tink dey should also goes to a Opera, a ballet and a symphony orchestra concert. Dese poleese isn’t got's no class. Dey needs to got some.

2/11/2011 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know what openings opened up

2/11/2011 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember doing that too SCC. We ran to those messed up buildings that use to be on Taylor street when Taylor street was crappy and we also ran to the Rockwell Gardens when they were up.

They need to return to that. Run the recruits to and around the hood. This museum field trip is embarrasing to our dept.

2/11/2011 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm starting to really hate liberals. When did 1960's pusshead college professors take over the academy?

Next they'll be asked to write a paper on why Marxism is a good idea. Everyone deserves more than one roll of toilet paper comrade!

2/11/2011 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been staring at this post for a few minutes. I don't really know what to say. Can someone out there find out who came up with this idea. It is important that we know who the destroyers of our dept are.

2/11/2011 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Training exercises like this are not unusual. There are a lot of “what’s wrong with this picture” and can you find Waldo programs available. In a museum, why not, the city is not all ghetto.

2/11/2011 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, when I went through the academy in 1972 they showed us a picture of Montmare, France and Toulouse Lautrec. They told us that is like working in 018. 35yrs I never got to 018, I cry every day and think of my hero Toulouse Lautrec but alas, I found the likes of Leroy Nieman working the South and West side and enjoyed the job everyday!!!!!!!

2/11/2011 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got to love TEAM SHIELDS once again.

Their latest post on their one blog http://mikeshieldsfop7.blogspot.com/ has the title of Questions About the Ballot. Answers are Here.

It is a post walking you through filling out your ballot. IT has screen shots of the front and back of the ballot and showing the ovals filled in.

On of the last lines in that post states "Please remember that a partially completed ballot can be ruled incomplete by the Election Committee on election day, and is subject to NOT being counted."

Now this lie has been proven false yet they still are telling people it is true. Hell it's even on their own website.

Now you need to head back to the first screen shot of the front of the ballot and take a look. TEAM SHIELDS has filled out their ballot imcomplete and therefor will not be counted. The combined brain trust only votes for 2 Sgt.at Arms and not 3.

So according to their own lies their ballot will not count.

God help us if they get into office.
It has been proven time and time again that they lie and twist what its true.

2/11/2011 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F@@@ ME til I cry now its gonna take months to untrain some of bullshit these kids have learned in the academy

2/11/2011 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is the liberal who thought this one up?

2/11/2011 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The art institute is only one of other great ideas for the state of the art training. Do not forget the Holocaust museum day trip. One day of a lecture and museum on the holocaust. The city pays for every recruit to attend the trip. Last year we had to spend two days at the museum. As recruits we were told by the HRI to say nothing and not to ask questions at the art museum or the holocaust museum. Both the field trips are designed for high school kids, not police recruits.

2/11/2011 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ot
it worked in Egypt.... Can we march on HQ and demand that j-fled step down?

2/11/2011 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhhhhhhhm o.k.

2/11/2011 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should have left those visits discontinued. The CPD is getting embarassing and they actually want the writers to put this in the paper Glad I am retired

2/11/2011 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMFAO! But crying on the inside… Your kidding me right? No really, is it April 1st all ready SCC? Did they go for High Tea and a pedicures afterwards?

2/11/2011 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMFAO! But crying on the inside… Your kidding me right? No really, is it April 1st all ready SCC? Did they go for High Tea and a pedicures afterwards?

2/11/2011 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting - and I remember as a newbie firefighter my Lieut having us stand in front of a house and describe the location of rooms and the layout by looking for chimneys, soil stacks, windows, etc. Don't remember going to an art museum...

2/11/2011 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York does it .. se WE do it ... how many times have you heard that

2/11/2011 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger WILL said...

THIS FUCKING DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO GET BACK INTO SOME OLD SCHOOL TRAINING, AND THESE OLD TIMERS NEED TO STEP UP IN HELPING P.P.O.'S. THIS DEPARTMENT IS FUCKED UP ON BOTH ENDS.
I DRIVE AROUND AND SEE GUYS EATING AT RESTAURANTS WITH BOTH OF THEM HAVING THEIR BACKS TO THE DOOR???
IT'S JOB TO KNOW OUR SURROUNDINGS AND WHATS OUT OF PLACE. WE NEED TO ALL STEP UP OUR SKILLS...

W.GODINEZ 013-DIST.

2/11/2011 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this how a certain team runing for FOP got thier "experience"?

2/11/2011 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

OMG!!!

So this is the new tech savvy, multi-lingual, touchy feely, don't be so "fast" to make an arrest, smiling & friendly, cuddley dudley, politically correct, liberal yellow-pinky wet dream, rev'run & alderfool fantasy in the making Police???

Who is the conductor of this opera of fuckery?

Has the academy been gutted to the point that shit like this is plugged in as filler?

WTF?

If the fools running the show had any inclination toward "art appreciation" they would ride the recruits around the city to study gang grafitti or better yet, the shit-house walls at A/1 thru A/5 if they want to sharpen their "visual acuity."

"Ya see? Dere go dat bullshit again!"

Our hearts break for the recruits...

These poor kids won't stand a chance if a correction isn't done.

This is just more fuel and encouragement for the shit-birds.

It should've been something like this...

"CPD Recruits Learning Brutal & Lethal Hand to Hand Combat Techniques!"

Heh... Heh heh!

Instead of laughter, you would hear screaming, crying, bowels moving and threats of conspiratorial aggravated mopery from the usual bunch of liberal yellow-pinkies, alderfools, shit-birds and their guardian angels in the anal whore news media.

"WAAAAAHHHHH! Why da Po-leece gotta know that stuff? They might hurt one of us!"

"Ya see son? There go some more o' dat bullshit yer daddy been tellin' you about. Look at well and know it for what it is. Awright?"

Yeah... This IS dat bullshit...

2/11/2011 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a joke. Our observation training was running through the abla row houses then up into the high rises and running down jackson and over through the jets in henry horner.... now they are at art class??? really?

2/11/2011 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago Police Academy: The best 2 months of training you could cram into 6 months!

2/11/2011 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has to be some other way to enhance recruits observational skills?



there is.



chalkie

2/11/2011 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. An art museum??? 25 years on the job for me. When I was in the academy we were taken right down the street to the morgue on Ogden. Stayed nearly all day and watched them take bodies apart. On some we were told to help figure out where the death wounds were. They did not want us seeing a homicide victim for the first time when we got to the street. Smell stayed with me for days. And the long runs through what we now call the "WEST LOOP" over to the projects on western and back. And you better know where you were at all times. We never saw any part of North Michigan ave.

2/11/2011 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they want to see Crime Scenes, detail them to 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,15or 25 for a tour. They'll get all the Crime Scenes they need.

2/11/2011 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice, I remember having to sit around and watch boring movies because there was nothing to teach us and we had already met the state requirements to be on the street, 3 hour lunches and nothing but sitting around in a brown heavy starched outfit.

It's all smoke and mirrors' and once your on the street you realize... It's All BULLSHIT!!!!!!

It's who you know not what you know or what you do. Bus Check Squad.

2/11/2011 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I was an instructor with the training division while loop had a office there. I thought and still do think the "play" acting we did with recruits help a lot also. It gave them a feel for some experience that will occur on the street. It also needs to be brought back.

2/11/2011 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like ballet training is next.

2/11/2011 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the softer and gentler police!!!!!!!

2/11/2011 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

take the recruits on a field trip to the HORIZON cell phone store,thats very important training.a cell phone is a very important part of their equipment.go to any role call and all you will see during the watch commanders role call are phone bitches playing on the phone!!!!!!!

2/11/2011 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, I have a family member in the academy. This isn't the only stupid, waste of time and money, field trip they've been on.

We're so warm and fuzzy these days, it's amazing they allow the police to do more than dispense hugs.

2/11/2011 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it makes perfect sense in a department being led by Jfled: a man who believes that crime can be predicted by someone who has experience in making dinner reservations.

2/11/2011 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!

2/11/2011 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Squad can you send me a Sgt there is some cubism paintings we need help with. Or maybe an exempt with a bottle of chateauneuf du pape while we ponder De Gas or Caillebotte.

2/11/2011 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use to work at the academy and I attended a couple of these events ... total joke , I think so and most of the other officers and recruits to have attended it believe it's a joke ... worthless liberal b s ... observation and perception exercises need to be conducted in stressful environments , where tunnel vision is most likely to occur, but when a certain LT was asked why we do this, we were told that the wife of a very very high ranking chicago official believed this was a good idea .. enough said , I can see why Tobias no longer there. He said no to many times to stupid ideas .... why I am glad I also left , have been stress free since I left

2/11/2011 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has to be one of the DUMBEST things I have ever heard of! The only thing I can gather is that some friend of Daley is making money off of this silly watse of time and money. Embarrassing to the CPD and common sense.

2/11/2011 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too funny.The next generation of CPD art critics.

2/11/2011 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The aim was to teach soon-to-be patrol officers to sharpen their observational skills when they respond to shootings, robberies or traffic crashes."

So work with them at shootings, robberies, or traffic crashes.

This is really stupid.

What nanny-mom finagled a government grant for herself off this ridiculous ed-yoo-cational "program?"

2/11/2011 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe pattison in 011 should be next sup!

2/11/2011 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think any new approach into tapping our brains and engaging the mind is a good thing. University professors use clips of movies to teach...... so why not ?

Plus any time away from the grind.. I will take... hahahahahahahahahaha

2/11/2011 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you honestly think anyone paid any attention to this bull shit?!

2/11/2011 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone please tell the suck ass sergeant on midnights in 008 to stop sucking ass. You sucked ass to get a sergeant dumped from a spot now you are trying to grand stand the same guy that got a spot. Don't you get it? If someone thought you were actually worth it, they may have given you the spot.

2/11/2011 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sniper training exercise: put different objects such as a business card, dice, playing cards in an old army blanket. Open it up and let the trainee observe for thirty seconds, then cover and ask for recall.

But this is so much nicer. We don't want the old Chicago cop out there when we need him. We need the touchy feely type. Because that's who you want showing up when someone is kicking in your door.

2/11/2011 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger Phil Schitz here said...

Museum visits? Forget Chicago Code, this department is a TV sitcom.

2/11/2011 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next weeks field trip is to Polekatz. gotta fine tune those observation skills. Recruits have been told that due to current budget issues, they have to purchase their own table dances tho.

2/11/2011 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The address of the building you were behind?

If those neighborhoods were bad enough, the houses had no address numbers on them. Most likely the street signs were missing, too.

2/11/2011 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After a brief brown bagged lunch all recruits were then transported back by short yellow bus to the academy.

2/11/2011 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CIA or CPD? ?

http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/
2011/02/09/why-the-cia-is-troubled/
#more-56332

Oops.

2/11/2011 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Art Institute is pretty cool, but WTF is this all about? I could understand having them watch tv shows or movies and determining how to best handle the situation. If these specific pieces of art need to be analyzed, why not just pass out photos of each piece of art, and analyze them in class? It really makes me wonder how they come up with these ideas.

2/11/2011 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This I had to honestly re-read!!!! WTF?????????

2/11/2011 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We did it when I was in the academy. I don't think I learned anything that day, but didn't think it did any harm.

It's not like we were going to learn how to be the police from the former district desk dollies who were instructing us at the academy.

2/11/2011 05:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The aim was to teach soon-to-be patrol officers to sharpen their observational skills when they respond to shootings, robberies or traffic crashes."

So work with them at shootings, robberies, and traffic crashes.

This is really stupid.

What leech, which tick got a government grant for this "educational program" -- and how many other departments are they peddling it to?

Next they'll be working recruits through the "Berenstain Bears" series or Tony Robbins tapes or something -- "Special Law Enforcement Edition" at triple the retail price.

2/11/2011 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More wilding-this time on off duty cops

http://www.policeone.com/news/3326987-Video-Off-duty-cops-beaten-after-concert/

2/11/2011 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knock off this nonsense and treat these recruits like men.

2/11/2011 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then the class proceeded by the old Harry Caray statue when one of the recruits exclaimed:

"holy cow, look teach someone doesn't know how to spell here"

Calls to the cities tech savvy voo-doo computer predictive crime analysis unit were not returned and the vandals remain at large.

If you have any information regarding this crime please call 1-555-Hollywood-Rahm all calls are confidential.

2/11/2011 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrats keeping it real

2/11/2011 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J-Fled Mubarak must go also or there will be a similar revolt within the CPD as seen in egypt.

2/11/2011 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is an ASSININE,"NANNY-STATE" type of B.S."Training" that serves No BONAFIDE purpose.
REMEMBER--CHICO is Our Amigo!
Get out and VOTE--don't lose faith!

2/11/2011 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a certain sergeant trying to justify her position at the academy. Here is an idea, skip this nonsense, get the recruits on the streets so we can bring them up to speed before summer hits, and have this sergeant join them. Hopefully this will quickly fall by the wayside as did other classics, such as verbal judo and wellness training.

2/11/2011 07:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SUNK.

2/11/2011 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recruits have been going to the Art Institute since 2007.

2/11/2011 07:20:00 PM  
Anonymous KMA 1999 said...

Next week the requits visit the Lyric Opera to sharpen their sense of hearing.

2/11/2011 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who thinks up this stupid shit?


---not a cop

2/11/2011 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT.....Word has it that a Sergeants class of 75 will begin on 11 MARCH followed by a detectives class of 100. heard it in the elevator at 35TH STREET !!!!!!

2/11/2011 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice did they have some cheese with their Cote de Baenue or was it Pouilly Fuisse. More like Bully Shitae a great vintage of have ur asse handed tu you.Please WTF nothing like helping the troops going into combat. -Semper Fi

2/11/2011 08:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember running through the West Side alley's and placed in the lean and rest. Everyone stayed in the position until someone knew where we were. After the 1st run you never forgot where you were. That's observing!

2/11/2011 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Explains alot.

2/11/2011 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This can't be real. whats going on with our leadership?

2/11/2011 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this part of J-Fled's reinvention of the police department?

Is he trying to show the Gold Coast types that all the newbies are college educated, art appreciators?

The time being wasted at the AIC (Art Institute of Chicago) would be better put to use on the range, law classes or general information.

What was the matter with scenarios played out by instructors and coppers who worked for the CCC?

And so you don't think I'm a Neanderthal, I took some art history classes in college (DePaul). We seemed to have lived at the Art Institute and other museums, including trips to the Guggenheim and the MOMA in NYC.

They were of the hardest ones I took in the four years there.

2/11/2011 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7.46am,,,,he wouldn't dare.....he was elected only because of AFSCME and other public unions.

He's dumb, but he won't commit political suicide.

I heard on the news that the Wisc National Guard in on alert and is training to be prison guards in case they get pissed and walk.

2/11/2011 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another attempt to take away Supervisors' Representation on the Pension Board

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I call B.S. on this.
The FOP represents patrolmen only not Supervisors.

Where is the Sgt's Assoc.?
Wher is the Sgt's. Rep on the Pension Board?

Mark D. has no influence over this.

2/11/2011 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shazzammm ! More brainwashed-Liberal, Politically-Correct Recruits.

2/11/2011 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
We remember the gym instructors taking us for a run through a number of not-so-nice neighborhoods,

Hoping this is still part of the core curriculum...

Exactly what i thought when I read the article. We were suited up in our riot gear once and ran over to the projects when someone took a shot at a squad, as we went into the buildings we were given a number and that was the floor we were told to run up to and bang the batons up and down the hallways...community policing...

2/11/2011 09:35:00 AM

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Current Gym Staff is afraid of their own shadows as well as any real work!

2/11/2011 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/11/2011 09:45:00 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Ask him how well he protected the pension last November in Springfield IL.

HE WAS NOT THERE!!!!!!!!
He was here stumping for his campaign.

So, the answer is no = he is not interested in protecting your pension.

2/11/2011 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'm starting to really hate liberals. When did 1960's pusshead college professors take over the academy?

Next they'll be asked to write a paper on why Marxism is a good idea. Everyone deserves more than one roll of toilet paper comrade!

2/11/2011 11:29:00 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Guest Speaker last month from the Israeli Consulate for 3 hours!!!!!

2/11/2011 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
O.T. Just heard on the news that the Wisconsin Governor is proposing doing away with collective bargaining for all state workers.

JUST HEARD ON THE NEWS THAT THE WISCONSIN GOVERNOR IS GOING TO GIVE AWAY SOME FREE CHEESE TO ANY ILLINOIS-AN WHO DRIVES UP TO WISCONSIN NAKED, AND PAINTED IN GREENBAY PACKER GREEN AND CHEESE YELLOW COLORS.

FUCK THE NEWS...

2/11/2011 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A domestic situation? I don't know,not having seen the art work. However, if I saw a man on the floor with a naked woman and a knife was nearby, I might think that this was a rape in progress.

Or is this the way they now teach you to kill crime?

2/11/2011 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Chicago Police Academy: The best 2 months of training you could cram into 6 months!

2/11/2011 01:15:00 PM

Nothing has changed. The academy has been streteched to 7 months with field trips and guest speakers.

2/11/2011 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats with the democratic youth brigades that are at the academy every night? Anyone know the story? Some look very angry. Are they doing this to help troubled youth?

2/11/2011 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Joe pattison in 011 should be next sup!
2/11/2011 03:53:00 PM

He can't he's still on probation. He has 10 years on but only 15 months on the street 8years9months on IOD.

2/11/2011 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our field trip in the academy was the morgue. The rose room was the highlight.

2/11/2011 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute. If for no other reason to let these recruits see art, to expand their horizons. So many times I partnered up with a guy who had never been to an art museum, a downtown theater, a fine dining restaurant, let alone just going to see a movie on their day off.

2/11/2011 08:10:00 AM

Like the Bijou Theater

2/11/2011 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous SCC Fan said...

The academy needs a few more like Marsh and Tero!!!

Marsh caught me sleeping in the "vendetaria" one early morning and elbowed me behind the ear hard enough to make me see stars for a full minute. He explained that a copper with his eyes closed is nothing but a target. Message received!

One of the big oafs in my class whooped a much smaller female during baton training: Marsh showed that oaf what it is like to be mismatched! That dumbass had black and blue marks for three weeks! Today, Loevey and Loevey would find that asshat and sue Marsh and the Department.

And Gus Tero (RIP) was the best! He'd torture the shit out of us, with a smile on his face and words of encouragement! Mr. T's brother was far more of a real man!

The pussification of America started in our academy.

2/11/2011 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute. If for no other reason to let these recruits see art, to expand their horizons. So many times I partnered up with a guy who had never been to an art museum, a downtown theater, a fine dining restaurant, let alone just going to see a movie on their day off.

2/11/2011 08:10:00 AM


so ask them out.

you sound like you could use the action.

2/11/2011 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its six months long now, they really need fillers.

2/11/2011 09:19:00 AM




i've got an app for that.




Chalkie

2/11/2011 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know what openings opened up

2/11/2011 11:24:00 AM



don't make it so easy.

2/11/2011 10:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT--HEY THE FOP, LOCAL 2 , THE CPD SGT'S ASSOCIATION ALL BACKED CHICO SINCE RAHM WANTS OUR PENSIONS. MATT O'SHEA WAS ENDORSED BY THE ABOVE LISTED UNIONS TOO. MATT DOES NOT SUPPORT CHICO. MATT SUPPORTS RAHM, OBAMA, DALEY--3 PRICKS WHO WANT OUR PENSION. WHY THESE UNIONS BACKED MATT OSHEA IN A WARD THAT IS HEAVILY POLICE AND FIRE (19TH)IS BEYOND ME. TRUST ME, MATT WILL SIDE WITH RAHM WHEN HE WANTS TO TAKE OUR PENSIONS. ALL 4 OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES ARE PRO-POLICE/PRO-FIRE. YOU'LL REGRET VOTING FOR MATT

2/11/2011 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute. If for no other reason to let these recruits see art, to expand their horizons. So many times I partnered up with a guy who had never been to an art museum, a downtown theater, a fine dining restaurant, let alone just going to see a movie on their day off.

are u kidding... i have been on this trip... if had wanted to go, would have gone on my own.. worthless event and most of my classmates, 95% felt same way... give me a few more hours of officer survival, the instructors in this class taught me more in 2 days than I learned the last 6 months, because it was all done in real time, under a stressful environment ... forget the liberal agenda, give me things I can use

2/11/2011 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tink dey should also goes to a Opera, a ballet and a symphony orchestra concert. Dese poleese isn’t got's no class. Dey needs to got some.

2/11/2011 11:06:00 AM

LOLOLOL!!! I needed that laugh...when i was in the academy they took us to the county jail too... saw the men and women. That's some nasty shit moving around down there!

2/11/2011 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

take the recruits on a field trip to the HORIZON cell phone store,thats very important training.a cell phone is a very important part of their equipment.go to any role call and all you will see during the watch commanders role call are phone bitches playing on the phone!!!!!!!

2/11/2011 02:26:00 PM

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Easy there big fellah! I think you mean VERIZON, by the way. Now go back to sleep.

2/11/2011 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u think that's something... Lieutenant friend of mine who works in Jodies office just told me the Holocaust Museum just strongarmed the department into paying $100.00 per recruit, about 120 of them, $12,000 grand to give them a 1 day tour of the museum... used to be free till someone realized there was a buck to be made...

2/11/2011 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been staring at this post for a few minutes. I don't really know what to say. Can someone out there find out who came up with this idea. It is important that we know who the destroyers of our dept are.

MAGGIE DALEYS IDEA...... begins and ends there.. asked mike masters once and he just said her name... end of my questions

2/11/2011 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats the rose room?

2/11/2011 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Lazzaro, Hauser, and Maloney. They had their chance to make a difference and are now nervous because the sleeping giant has awaken!

2/11/2011 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The academy needs a few more like Marsh and Tero!!!"

FIND THEM!
I know, RIP Gus Tero! And Marsh is rolling in the $$$ with the Use of Force, Training, amd Professional Witness...

Find me some Cops LIKE THEM these days! They are all gone! Retired, Dead, or know enough not to be that "pro-active" these days!

2/11/2011 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark D. has no influence over this.

2/11/2011 09:42:00 PM

Ummm...why don't you call the Sgt who actually posted his name and number...if it was BS he might have done what you did and wrote his comment and sent it in as anonymous.

2/11/2011 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey lots of hot chicks at AA and fine collection of swords and other dated weapons!

Just in case vikings or Huns attack.

Ps
Fair chance bulls could win it all this summer. Can u say huge fucking riot city wide!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha

2/12/2011 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute. If for no other reason to let these recruits see art, to expand their horizons. So many times I partnered up with a guy who had never been to an art museum, a downtown theater, a fine dining restaurant, let alone just going to see a movie on their day off.

2/11/2011 08:10:00 AM
==
And their DAY OFF is when field trips like this one should occur.

There is NO WAY this should be part of the police academy curriculum. Notice, I didn't say 'training', because this has zero to do with training.

2/12/2011 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous KMA 1999 said...

The Training Division has changed. If you hair gels only knew how the instructors beat the shit out of us in the basement of O`Brien street. Broken arms. Choke holds until you were unconcious. I wish I could remember the instructor who would put a finger into and behind the recruits eyeball. They were some badass motherfuckers I tell you. Now you go to the Art Institute.

2/12/2011 01:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We went to the Morgue also where an oldtimer taught us the very valuable need of always having filtered cigarettes in your pocket so when you got a stinker you could tear off the filters and shove them up your nose. Also how to burn coffee grounds in a frying pan w/water in a stinker house while we waited for dicks. VERY USEFUL INFO. I shoved those filters up my nose in the first two weeks.

2/12/2011 01:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a joke. Our observation training was running through the abla row houses then up into the high rises and running down jackson and over through the jets in henry horner.... now they are at art class??? really?
######
10-4 to that! RIP Tero, he must be rolling in his grave.

2/12/2011 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH THE HUMANITY !

2/12/2011 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
This sounds like a certain sergeant trying to justify her position at the academy. Here is an idea, skip this nonsense, get the recruits on the streets so we can bring them up to speed before summer hits, and have this sergeant join them. Hopefully this will quickly fall by the wayside as did other classics, such as verbal judo and wellness training.

2/11/2011 07:08:00 PM



Since when did verbal judo and wellness training fall by the wayside?

They are both still in place along with the Art Institute, Holocasut Museaum and Israeli consulate.

2/12/2011 05:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've gotta be kidding me.......get these kids back in a classroom where a PO with time on the streets can show them what to look for.

-----------------------------------
Ok. Who can tell me what's wrong with the above statement?

Anyone?

Bueler?

2/12/2011 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/11/2011 12:04:00 PM,

I thought that we did last year. As for this Art Institute silliness....I have nothing that I can say that hasn't already been said, except give out some beatings....toughen them back up after that.

2/12/2011 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are u kidding... i have been on this trip... if had wanted to go, would have gone on my own.. worthless event and most of my classmates, 95% felt same way... give me a few more hours of officer survival, the instructors in this class taught me more in 2 days than I learned the last 6 months, because it was all done in real time, under a stressful environment ... forget the liberal agenda, give me things I can use

++++++++

I hope someone who partially matters in this Dept's chain is reading this and taking notes. Even the recruits see this as a total waste of time.

Can you read, exempt staff???

The recruits WANT more legit training. They WANT officer survival, fight training, scenario training. They WANT to be better trained - 95% of them.

This is a dangerous job. It is incumbent on the Dept to train these recruits to the absolute BEST of our capabilities so that they have the tools to survive and thrive. This type of BS training is a waste and even the recruits know it.

Listen carefully to what I have to say next: FUCK that 5% who are leftists, liberals, former dope dealers, 'community' activists, and all out pussies who HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING THE POLICE. You are putting 95% of the recruits who want serious traiining at RISK by catering to the 5% who shouldnt even be there.

I'm so SICK of the political BULLSHIT we play with our young coppers lives. Bending to 'community leader' desires to create a warm and fuzzy police dept is doing no one any favors and putting coppers lives at RISK.

The politicicans and reverends are NOT the ones out there dealing with the pointy end of the spear - its easy for them to talk their rosy politico shit from their padded council chairs. It's US who have to deal with the violent results of their ineptitude and posturing for votes.

The recruits want REAL training. Coppers want them to get it. Save a life - give it.

2/12/2011 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute. If for no other reason to let these recruits see art, to expand their horizons. So many times I partnered up with a guy who had never been to an art museum, a downtown theater, a fine dining restaurant, let alone just going to see a movie on their day off.

are u kidding... i have been on this trip... if had wanted to go, would have gone on my own.. worthless event and most of my classmates, 95% felt same way... give me a few more hours of officer survival, the instructors in this class taught me more in 2 days than I learned the last 6 months, because it was all done in real time, under a stressful environment ... forget the liberal agenda, give me things I can use

2/11/2011 11:14:00 PM

Give me a break. Survival and tactics training are not the priority for 35th street. Community service and field trips have more priority at the new academy. Community groups have more infulence than actual hands on training. The best 2 months of training crammed into 7 months.

2/12/2011 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger Captain Video said...

"Wow"
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What this police department really needs more than anything else is a real police department to show them how it's done.

The CPD has run off the tracks and has become a laughing stock, a caricature of itself.

We have Maggie Daley decreeing how recruits should be schooled? That POLICE recruits should be taken to the fucking Holocaust Museum?

How will that help when they go into an apartment with dad drunk and holding a knife to his wife's neck? What will they get that might be useful when they step into a convenience store and walk right into a stick-up?

"Stop sir, halt sir, put down the weapon sir, in the name of Michelangelo I command you to place your implement of destruction safely on the earth pointed in a neutral direction and to commence living a peaceful and crime free existence!"

Fucking bullshit.

2/12/2011 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll never forget that first autopsy. The big "Y" incision, that small power saw to cut each rib bone, jesus, we had one who ran out when the rib cage was lifted off. And when I saw how they got the brain out, oh boy! And now they are going to the Art Institute! Are they even going to the ME's office any more? Do they get to witness an autopsy? Do they tour the decomp & parts rooms? Do they inhale the aroma of death and those nasty chemicals used to knock down the stench?

They aren't turning out any new coppers like Frank Pape down there, that's for sure.

2/12/2011 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We went to the Morgue also where an oldtimer taught us the very valuable need of always having filtered cigarettes in your pocket so when you got a stinker you could tear off the filters and shove them up your nose. Also how to burn coffee grounds in a frying pan w/water in a stinker house while we waited for dicks. VERY USEFUL INFO. I shoved those filters up my nose in the first two weeks.

2/12/2011 01:49:00 AM

Or two, big, fat stinky old cigars and matches in a resealable sandwich bag quartered in your duty bag. Why two? One for you and one for your partner. It's easier than carrying cigarettes and where in the blazes will you ever conveniently find coffee grounds, a frying pan or possibly even running water in the ghetto? One or more of the three is, more often than not, not there!

2/12/2011 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should have taken them to the Shedd Aquarium to familiarize them with the sharks at city hall.

2/12/2011 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute. If for no other reason to let these recruits see art, to expand their horizons. So many times I partnered up with a guy who had never been to an art museum, a downtown theater, a fine dining restaurant, let alone just going to see a movie on their day off.

"I" think you're right-on!
Since retirement I can't afford to pay the admission fee to get into the Art Institute, so I sit home and read the Sunday comics.
It has given me muthafukin' culture.
I usually view it with some wine and cheese.
(Velveeta on a saltine with some Mad Dog, vintage...'Tuesday.')

2/12/2011 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW. I love art, majored in art history in college, take my kids to this museum all the time. I'm all for the Art Institute giving police officers free passes and welcoming them. And they should go. But this? Totally stupid.

2/12/2011 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger hemorrhoid said...

Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute.

02/11/2011 8:10AM

I could not stop laughin' after readin' this comment. Officer, I don't know if you're a man or a woman, but if you're lookin' for a "cosmopolitan man-about-town"...a "sophiticated, city-slicken' man-of-the-world" as a partner, you better look for another job.

I would be more concerned about the alert and awareness skills of my partner than his/her attendance at a Broadway theatrical production or dining at "Le Fancy-Shmancy" restaurant.

Talk to the W/C: Maybe he/she can assign partners who would be better dates.

Thanks for the laugh! Like I've said before: I don't miss the circus, but I sure do miss the clowns!!!

2/12/2011 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats the rose room?

2/11/2011 11:43:00 PM



there's always one in the crowd.

2/12/2011 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attendance must be low and there trying to build up their numbers. Also the hope is that some of the recruits might tell or being back their families and friends. What a joke. I wish everyone could see through their BS.

2/12/2011 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy what a waste of training time.

2/12/2011 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see the problem with this. It fits perfectly with the new breed of recruits we're getting.
A bunch of spoiled rotten, "me society", know it all, crawled right out from under mommies skirt into the police academy with their basket weaving 101 degrees. They're the best thing that happened to LE, JUST ASK THEM!

2/12/2011 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh brother......how things have changed over the years. Instead of the training getting better, it's getting worse. Doesn't anyone know good old fashioned.......WATCH THE HANDS, anymore? .....or, WHERE YOU AT, after a foot pursuit or traffic stop???

After 22 years on the job, retiring this year, those are TWO of the best things I learned from the academy...watch the hands and where you at. But, can you guess the third thing? Give up? WHERE DO WE EAT!!!!!!!!!!!

2/12/2011 01:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings,

The Illinois General assembly is back in session. Last week I talked to Rep. Dan Burke, who in the last Legislative session introduced H.B 5366, which was Mark Donahue's attempt to take away Supervisors representation on the Pension Board. After receiving many calls from concerned Supervisors, Rep. Burke "pulled " this bill, which came very close to passing. I contacted him two weeks ago and asked him not to re-introduce this bill in the new session, which began this week. He told me he would not sponsor the bill, but warned me that Mr. Donahue would probably find someone else to sponsor it. On Feb 8th, the new bill, H.B. 1198 was sponsored and had its first reading. Rep. Joseph Lyons (D), of the 19th Legislative District is the new sponsor. His office phone number in Chicago is (773) 286-1115. You can call this number and leave a message, or attempt to talk to him in Springfield at (217) 782-8400 (he does not have an email address). Please call him and politely but firmly ask him not to take away our representation. All of your phone calls to Mr. Burke made him "pull " this onerous bill. Please take the time to contact Rep. Lyons, as well as your State Representative and Senator, and ask them to oppose H.B. 1198.

As you already know, public pensions are under attack. Last session, "the two-tiered" system was passed for CPD & CFD Pensions. Now there is a movement in Springfield try to reduce the pensions of active Public employees. Today, it was reported that House Speaker Michael Madigan stated that he wants to change benefits of active state employees. We are under attack! Emails and phone calls to your Representatives lets them know you're concerned and monitoring Legislation that affects you. The time to get involved is now. Contact me with any questions or concerns.

Regards,

Sgt. Mike Lazzaro
744-3891

2/11/2011 08:13:00 AM

Sgt. what does this mean if Sgts are pulled from represenation? Please explain so we can help. Don't you guys pays FOP dues too? I'm confused.

2/12/2011 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is incredible on a number of levels. Wow is correct SCC. Wow that the powers that be first of all think that police officers are not cultured. That absolutely is not true. We just don't go around flaunting it to impress others like those who may not be blue collar workers.

Second Wow goes to the fact that reviewing art has absolutely nothing to do with police work and cannot even be distorted into qualifying for sensitivity training. If they were trying to score points with the private sector by sending the recruits there, shame on them. We are not the private sector. The private sector needs to stop trying to make us just like them and the department needs to embrace who we truly are - which is men and women who took a job to serve and protect the city and the citizens. Period. We should not be classified on any other criteria. Our level of culture is not a competitive asset to anyone unlike the class system in the private sector.

2/12/2011 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
I see nothing wrong with the field trip to the Art Institute. If for no other reason to let these recruits see art, to expand their horizons. So many times I partnered up with a guy who had never been to an art museum, a downtown theater, a fine dining restaurant, let alone just going to see a movie on their day off.

2/11/2011 08:10:00 AM

Don't know where you work but I work the south side and most cops I know go out to all of the above when they can. Shouldn't be a measure of a well rounded cop but I get your point.

2/12/2011 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mona lisa's mysterious smile tells me she is hiding crack her mouth.grant woods couple are agrarian militia aryan supremacists. Jackson pollard pissed in his paint cans...public urination tac team arrest. Basquiet ... Graffiti...criminal damage to poperty.andy warhol's tomato soup can ...no shoplifting upgrade because it is food.

2/12/2011 03:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Since when did verbal judo and wellness training fall by the wayside?

"They are both still in place along with the Art Institute, Holocaust Museum and Israeli consulate."

--2/12/2011 05:22:00 AM

That's nice. Chicago is still the railroad hub of America. Drop Chagall and spend the day out by the tracks in a basic railroad safety course -- what the hazards are, how to cross tracks -- there are all kinds of things to look out for that are not at all apparent. You have to be taught.

"Employees must expect the movement of trains, engines, cars, or other movable equipment at any time, on any track, in any direction..."

2/12/2011 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have recruits?

2/12/2011 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Frick Collection collaborates with the NYPD through a program, entitled “The Art of Observation II.” The focus of the three-hour class is to improve the skills of observation and description of members of the NYPD through the study of paintings in the Collection. To date, more than 200 captains, 35 sergeants, and 75 department executives have participated in visual observation training at The Frick Collection. Members of the Detective and Evidence Technology Divisions have participated.

2/12/2011 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T. Just heard on the news that the Wisconsin Governor is proposing doing away with collective bargaining for all state workers.

http://www.postcrescent.com/comments/article/20110211/APC0101/102110483/Wisconsin-Governor-Scott-Walker-to-strip-most-union-rights-to-help-fix-budget-deficit

Surprised Quinn hasn't thought of this.

2/11/2011 07:46:00 AM

Quinn's a Democrat, Sparky.

2/12/2011 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...reviewing art has absolutely nothing to do with police work and cannot even be distorted into qualifying for sensitivity training...Our level of culture is not a competitive asset to anyone unlike the class system in the private sector..."

--2/12/2011 01:58:00 PM

Every "rite of entrance" into anything now has been given a "remedial" aspect by the ninny-nannies. The base assumption is that everyone starts at kindergarten level on everything.

This creates lucrative positions for an appalling number of "educators." who are going to be the death of us.

A friend now has to put up with some highly-paid "wellness coach" at work, questioning a grown man about his diet and exercise habits as though she were his personal physician instead of some drone from "Human Resources" looking for an excuse to fire him.

Art appreciation should have been taught previously by the school system, not by the police academy.

...and wiping your a__ should have been taught by the family, not by the school system.

Devolution.

It's ironic that the ninny-nannies themselves lower standards so as to cause deficiencies of various kinds, then hire out as consultants, trainers, whatever, to remedy them.

Idiots in freshman college English class who still couldn't spell or punctuate -- products of the "educational" system. "Remedial" class! More time! More money!

Vicious cycle.

Art Institute. S__t. When do they have the "How to get a drunk off the bus" class? Veteran patrolmen have been killed trying to accomplish this task...

2/12/2011 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1981 we went through the academy in about 4 months. Some of it accelerated for Chicago fest at the Pier. We went out on the street for three months and came back for a month (college phase). We actually got college credit for that month. Maybe this is part of the college phase??? If they still do that.

2/12/2011 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Illinois General assembly is back in session. Last week I talked to Rep. Dan Burke, who in the last Legislative session introduced H.B 5366, which was Mark Donahue's attempt to take away Supervisors representation on the Pension Board. After receiving many calls from concerned Supervisors, Rep. Burke "pulled " this bill, which came very close to passing. I contacted him two weeks ago and asked him not to re-introduce this bill in the new session, which began this week. He told me he would not sponsor the bill, but warned me that Mr. Donahue would probably find someone else to sponsor it. On Feb 8th, the new bill, H.B. 1198 was sponsored and had its first reading. Rep. Joseph Lyons (D), of the 19th Legislative District is the new sponsor. His office phone number in Chicago is (773) 286-1115. You can call this number and leave a message, or attempt to talk to him in Springfield at (217) 782-8400 (he does not have an email address). Please call him and politely but firmly ask him not to take away our representation. All of your phone calls to Mr. Burke made him "pull " this onerous bill. Please take the time to contact Rep. Lyons, as well as your State Representative and Senator, and ask them to oppose H.B. 1198.

As you already know, public pensions are under attack. Last session, "the two-tiered" system was passed for CPD & CFD Pensions. Now there is a movement in Springfield try to reduce the pensions of active Public employees. Today, it was reported that House Speaker Michael Madigan stated that he wants to change benefits of active state employees. We are under attack! Emails and phone calls to your Representatives lets them know you're concerned and monitoring Legislation that affects you. The time to get involved is now. Contact me with any questions or concerns.

Regards,

Sgt. Mike Lazzaro
744-3891

2/11/2011 08:13:00 AM

What Mike doesn't explain to everyone is that this has nothing to do with "HIS" spot on the board. The bill allows for the officers, sgt's and Lt's spots on the pension board to be filled by any officer, sgt or Lt. What Lazzaro is worried about is his spot because he has been a terrible trustee on our pension board. He feels that the officers should have the same number of trustees as Sgt's and lt's even though 90% of the retirees and active officers are p/o's.
Mike you must be retarded by putting Lyons phone numbers on the blog. You generated about 12 phone calls of complaints to Lyons. Now you are going to have hundreds of p/o's calling to support the bill. Thanks is all I can say. Why don't you bring your argument to the general meeting on Tuesday.

One more thing Mike, yes the two tier pension was passed, but you forgot to mention the arc that guarantees that our fund will be funded at 90%. More misinformation from our pension trustees.

Hey SCC how about a seperate post to discuss this bill. Thanks

2/12/2011 05:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok. Who can tell me what's wrong with the above statement?

Anyone?

Bueler?

2/12/2011 05:53:00 AM



'...in a classroom where a PO with time on the streets...'


nowhere to be found.

2/12/2011 07:59:00 PM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

For what it's worth...

We have made it a point to rail against the widely held assumption/fervently and deeply held belief by most people, j-fled and the feebs along with local msm that Coppers have a deep seated disdain for intellectual and cultural pursuits.

All things considered and within their proper place, this assumption is the furthest thing from the truth.

Some of most brilliant, insightful, cultured, funny, suave and urbane people that the Good Lord has allowed to walk this earth, wear the Sillitoe Tartan of CPD.

The overwhelming majority of them wear The Blue Shirt.

They're also some of the most loyal, selfless, generous and yet ferocious guardians and protectors to ever be willfully relegated to second class citizenship and targeted for destruction by the very ones who cry for someone to put a hard hand on the neck of the devils at the door.

They then would cry out in sympathy for the very same devils who would no sooner gnaw the flesh from their bones; if not for a few trying to keep the door closed after the people themselves unlocked it, opened it and bid the devils welcome.

BUT...

This nonsense with the museum smacks of yet another lib-tard, yellow-pinky, capri-pants,(male & female) birkenstocks, matching beret and ankle socks wearing, scone nibbling vespa jockey attempt to pussie-fy and stymie CPD as an effective law enforcement entity.

We wonder what their REAL end game is?

Who will have the joy of pointing and laughing if CPD is finally destroyed?

Again we say that our hearts break for the recruits...

It behooves those of us who have been around, to help them "unlearn" the current version of academy bullshit as we all have had to "unlearn."

It's a ton of congealed & fermenting donkey shit with a few nuggets of gold hidden in it like law, use of force, control tactics and firearms training.

They'll need all the help they can get filtering it to have something worthwhile to work with in order to stand a chance of surviving more or less in one piece.

2/12/2011 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Training them to be softer than puppy shit! God help the CPD!

2/12/2011 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Rahm is annointed as mayor he will have mandatory ballet classes for all recruits to improve their balance.

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Now THAT is some funny shit!

2/12/2011 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ME's Rose room was for the decomp bodies.

Like the fragrance of roses.....

2/12/2011 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Grant Wood's couple are agrarian militia Aryan supremacists."

--2/12/2011 03:48:00 PM

Precisely.

"Where guns are out of reach back in the house, dour Presbyterian farmers will come to the gate with pitchforks."

"Ya gonna stick 'im, Roy?"

"Don't know, Edna. Depends on whether he blinks or not."

http://www.adl.org/learn/
default.htm

2/12/2011 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fair chance Bulls could win it all this summer. Can you say huge fucking riot city wide!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha"

--2/12/2011 12:27:00 AM

No worries, mate. The Cirque du Soleil is on standby up in Montreal, ready to roll at a moment's notice.

One highly skilled mime troupe can stop the ugliest crowd in its tracks.

2/12/2011 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The recruits want REAL training. Coppers want them to get it. Save a life - give it.

2/12/2011 07:58:00 AM

Excelent Idea, and I'm all for it.... However... That 5% of which you speak, thats the 5% that will sue because some instructor made them cry. Wait till you see how much they sue for when they get shitcanned for being usless.

2/13/2011 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger Captain Video said...

Anonymous said...

O.T. Just heard on the news that the Wisconsin Governor is proposing doing away with collective bargaining for all state workers.



http://www.postcrescent.com/comments/article/20110211/APC0101/102110483/Wisconsin-Governor-Scott-Walker-to-strip-most-union-rights-to-help-fix-budget-deficit


Surprised Quinn hasn't thought of this.

2/11/2011 07:46:00 AM


This shows the importance of having collective bargaining as a right written into state law.

Without it, the scum politicians can do whatever their masters (business donors) tell them to do.

Do you think Rahm Emanuel will be beholden to any union worker or any working class person at all? How much did they contribute to his campaign?

The big donors, many from out of state, financed his takeover of Chicago. Lot's of foreign money, Hollywood included.

If you think Daley screwed us, you ain't seen nothing yet.

2/13/2011 05:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gents, let's not forget that the last class took salsa dancing lessons thanks to Sgt. DS. I know because my niece was in that class.

2/13/2011 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It behooves those of us who have been around, to help them "unlearn" the current version of academy bullshit as we all have had to "unlearn."

It's a ton of congealed & fermenting donkey shit with a few nuggets of gold hidden in it like law, use of force, control tactics and firearms training.

They'll need all the help they can get filtering it to have something worthwhile to work with in order to stand a chance of surviving more or less in one piece.

2/12/2011 08:25:00 PM

I like the term unlearning. Despite the bullshit classes and field trips, there are some worthwhile classes for the recruits. In the last two years, the academy has changed with a void of leadership. Apathy rules.

2/13/2011 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They oughta take them to the Egypt Exhibit at the Field Museum...That at thety can see a really real dead body!!1

2/13/2011 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Ballet Lessons are on the Cirriculum next at the CPD Training Academy. Adios Real Police, gone forever now, but not forgotten...

2/13/2011 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous O'Brien said...

Having come on this job about 50 years ago, and having spent a fair amount of time at various ranks and positions at the Training Division, I believe that I am qualified to speak on this subject. Obviously I am now retired, for over 10 years.

In the early 60's training consisted of 12 weeks of academic type training, that is classroom training. There was little hands on training other than in the gym torture chamber run by Stan Sarbarneck. Those 12 weeks were followed by a week in the field, usually with a designated FTO who did not receive extra compensation, and then another week at the academy to review. Tests were given every week, and were seldom failed. After graduation recruits were assigned t districts. It was not unusual to work a 1 man car on the second or third day of assignment. Probation was a total of 6 months. Recruits were sworn in on the first day of the academy and given star numbers, but stars were not issued until around the 7th week or so, at which time recruits started wearing guns and gun belts to school. The 2 largest blocks of training were Law and Field Case Reporting.

Over the years the training evolved into a much longer process largely at the instigation of special interest groups that wanted PO's trained to recognize and help special interest people. This included: women, gays, children advocates, aids sufferers, senior citizens and a myriad collection of other groups. After a time some scenario based training was started, notable a block of Crisis Intervention. This training was enjoyable for both the instructors and recruits, therefore the recruits clamored for more and the staff was happy to oblige. The stint at the Training Division stretched to 2 and then 3 months with college credit courses also thrown in. Recruits started going out in the field for a month or so and then returning to the academy for more college level courses.

2/13/2011 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous O'Brien said...

Continued,

Training was stretched even more withe the addition of cultural awareness type instruction. The filed portion was also lengthened with the inviolate requirement that no recruit be alowed to work alone until after probation. That probation was lengthened to 1 full year and then to the present 18 months.

Now that I have been gone for 10 years, I have pretty much lost track of the current cycle, but I am sure that it has not been shortened, and I am also sure that much of it is scenario, hands on, survival type training. I am equally sure that recruits are not allowed to work alone and that they are required to have their hand held until the expiration of probation.

I would say to you, and I know this will get flamed, that perhaps all the scenario, survival type stuff is a bit counter productive in that it greatly tends to make recruits paranoid to the point that they see a threat in the simplest of things. This is partially because much of that type of training is presented in a no-win manner to the recruit. Couple that with the official pronouncement that it is too dangerous for the recruit to be allowed to work alone and you have a department of overly dependent individuals. When many of us were put out on the street, withour personal, portable radios, in a one man car on the second or third day in the district, we had no doubts about our ability to handle it. We felt we were well enough trained and capable enough to be the police, and frankly, we were right. This is not to say that we were any smarter or tougher than those that have followed, but to say that the whole thing was presented in an entirely different manner.

Now what is the point of this rambling post? The point is that the Art Institute field trip is probably not any more counter productive than any of the other training currently being given. I seriously believe that a case could be made to expose recruits to all the cultural elements in Chicago, Art Institute, Opera, theatre, etc. I suspect that many are only vaguely, if at all, aware of the existance of some of these things.

I actually always wondered just exactly what the purpose of the trip to the morgue to see an autopsy was, other than its scare value. I certainly never had any use for knowing what the "Y" cut was.

2/13/2011 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Survival and tactics training are not the priority for 35th street. Community service and field trips have more priority at the new academy."

--2/12/2011 09:07:00 AM

The same thing has happened to the New Politically Correct Military, with its "nation building missions," digging wells and handing out schoolbooks -- which the Taliban promptly stuff down the well.

Everybody gets a beret now, just to be fair -- and if they could somehow get rid of all those guns they carry, they would. A cluster bomb stuffed with flowers --- and it's 1968 everywhere. "Imagine!"

Ever see the PBS special "Carrier?" In the New Navy, there are so many male/female/"multicultural" "issues" and tension on board what used to be a fighting vessel, that it seems half of the time is spent dealing with this bulls__t instead of doing the ship's work. A male crew member actually got drunk and had sex with a similarly drunk female crew member in a hotel room on shore leave -- you'd have thought it was the end of the world.

I think the word I'm looking for is "squeamishness." It's like a cancer.

2/13/2011 07:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Gents, let's not forget that the last class took salsa dancing lessons thanks to Sgt. DS. I know because my niece was in that class.

2/13/2011 08:05:00 AM

You forgot about the aerobic classes

2/13/2011 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
When Rahm is annointed as mayor he will have mandatory ballet classes for all recruits to improve their balance.

Photo here:

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/american-princess/2010/10/happy-fking-rahm-emanuel-day-everyone.html

2/11/2011 08:42:00 AM

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Was that his audition photo with Richard J. Daley ???

2/13/2011 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the 60's we had 8 wks inside, 1 wk in the Field, finished with the 10th week. Our real training started when we hit the streets. I lasted 35 yrs .

2/13/2011 09:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the training schedule is 12-16 weeks of a real grind. So why not have one nice day out and make the most of it.

The city is not all ghetto and not everyone in it needs to be handled like scum.

(Keep in mind, treat everyone like a million dollars but have a plan to kill them instantly.)

This reminds me of a trip my wife's city college art class made to the Art Institute some years ago.

The group of about a dozen thirty-somethings was lead by their professor who was a noted artist, author and art historian. He was also about eighty years old.

We trekked around all the floors of the Chicago Institute enjoying the day. Then we paused in front of a a large portrait that was on special loan to the museum and the elderly teacher stepped close and began to explain concepts of light and brush strokes and palate mixing with waving gestures over this painting.

A museum guard there seeing the professor began screaming at the old gentleman in rough language in front of his students. I noticed this guard had the star of a Cook County Corrections Officer on his belt under his blazer.

I had to intervene; this guy was talking to a respected college professor like he was busting gangbangers on D-BLOCK.

I said, "Excuse me (to the guard), Professor, could you please back up a bit, your making the man nervous."
Then everything was fine.

Stay safe, learn to be skills for the ghetto and those for Michigan Ave.

2/13/2011 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually always wondered just exactly what the purpose of the trip to the morgue to see an autopsy was, other than its scare value. I certainly never had any use for knowing what the "Y" cut was.

2/13/2011 02:46:00 PM
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I think it was to desensitize you against the gory stuff a bit. At least that's what it did for me. I handled a jumper shortly out of the academy and it was a little easier. Not something books, videos or stories can prepare you for.

2/15/2011 12:49:00 AM  

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