Monday, April 16, 2012

Five Signs

5 signs you might be in the wrong job.

  1. You’re a Loner at Work
  2. You’re Ashamed of Your Job
  3. Your Workload Overwhelms You
  4. You’re Stagnating at Work
  5. There’s No Growth and Development in Your Job
Numbers 5, 4 and 3 pretty much sum up the entire CPD at a glance.

Number 2 is more shame along the lines of what the brass, politicians and "meri-clout-orious" have allowed the job to descend to.

Number 1 isn't a problem - we have lots of friends at work and hobbies away from work, but that's a conscious effort on our parts.

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61 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone still bringing in numbers is an idiot. Get it through your head, they won't promote you. There are no detective or sgt classes in the works. All you do is make the boss look good. They are not saving a spot for you when the time comes.

Make the most of what you have.

4/16/2012 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at 018. and I worry about what im going to eat,and if im going to get stuck processing a shoplifter.

4/16/2012 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7. You're wearing a golf visor backwards and upside down.

4/16/2012 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8. You keep your arms under your T-shirt, moving them around constantly with your elbows sticking out so it looks like there are two badgers trapped under there.

You can shout while you do this, too.

4/16/2012 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You only have 5?

4/16/2012 01:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, this is exactly how I feel... I don't care for the co-works especially where I was dumped to, and since nobody knows what they are doing anyway, I prefer to handle my paper work myself.

Do I tell anyone I'm the police...HELL NO! Everyone hates the police because "we are lazy do nothings", can you blame them? My uniform stays at work and no more FOP/ St. Jude stickers on my car.

Workload? Damn, I wish I can say my work is challenging. Same shit day after day after day. Even an imbecile can fill out boxes.

And lastly, no growth; sgt/ det test ( because we we have meritorious sgt's/ LT's in the upcoming months??? ) is so fuckin' discouraging. It's over a decade on this job and I'm still at where I started out at? What's the point of educating yourself to utilize your education? It looks like all that schooling will pay elsewhere!

4/16/2012 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should I be ashamed of my job, it's not like I'm an alderman or congressman.

4/16/2012 03:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gave up over 10 years ago.

Bosses with no balls.

Bosses who mess with you because they feel they can.

Idots you work with.

Crap equipment.

States Atorney. VOMIT.

Backstabbing.

Romper Room atmosphere.

Poor me run to the boss because Billy called me a bad name.

Egos.

Moronic sgt's who are scared of their own shadow.

Corporate atmosphere.

well I'm educated.

Did I mention I'm educated.

This department has never and will never set a Person up to be successful on this job.

I can't wait for my 20. Won't be long now. I will suppliment my pension and work at walmart if I have to. I am not salty. I'm simply ashamed!

4/16/2012 03:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup. That about sums it up for me too.

4/16/2012 04:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just waiting for another scandal to occur. Ive hear the saying "make the job workk for you" so often. When will someone get a bright idea and try to get ahead by doing something illegal because there is no advancement on this job.

4/16/2012 04:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? I'm ashamed to tell people I'm the police all the time. Has nothing to do with "the brass". Most people hate the police because of the BS the media says about us. That and plus white guilt.

4/16/2012 05:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the sixth sign. What they try to do to the building trades, they'll eventually.try to CPD and CFD.. From our union meeting this week: Rahm and the city threatening massive layoffs unless the unions give back paid.holidays and take pay cuts. Paid holidays for all empllyees except police and fire cost $4 million each holiday. CPD and CFD another $4 million each holiday. Add 10%pay cuts and the humps at city hall are salivating. Be careful.

4/16/2012 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It forced me off the job.Still down about it.

4/16/2012 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This described what I have been feeling for years. I have a wonderful light and the end of a dark tunnel. Myself and wife already signed spot for Oct pension meeting. 20 and a day happens in Dec. Gone Jan 15. Will become a Wisconsin commuter. I truly cannot wait.

4/16/2012 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

So sad.

My heart goes out to you proactive guys that must suffer the fools, political hacks and clout babies that "manage" the job. "The best and the brightest" is meaningless because of #5. Fortunately, I never had any problems with the first four signs.

Hunting down bad guys (Part I felons) was the most fun I could have with my clothes on. I remain very PROUD of my calling. If I was a billionaire, I'd still work gratis as a street cop/detective just for fun. The eagle does not hunt flies. I never locked up "on view" ghetto pissers, public drinkers, hos, et cetera unless there were aggravating circumstances. However, I would always use the THREAT of arrest to develop information on "the big fish". I probably wrote only one book of parkers in my entire career. Ultimately, small quantities of weed went down the sewer and known law-abiding citizens usually got a pass on a gun for self-protection. I loved the job but she's a ho.

With the demoralizing cancer of patronage/CLOUT, "political correctness" and ubiquitous cameras, retirement is a sheer joy. Get out if you can. The job is DOA.

4/16/2012 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Mark12A said...

#1...As long as your circle of acquaintances is not solely a bunch of cops.

On the job, that's a tough nut to crack.

4/16/2012 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

#2!

We've been telling people for several years that we're a "sanitation specialist."

Owning up to being The Police isn't worth the aggravation anymore.

FWIW... Take those medallions and other Police identifiers off your personal vehicles!

Do ya really want to stand out like that in these times?

4/16/2012 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to say with the exception of #1 this pretty much describes the entire dept.

And regarding #2 I never thought I would see the day when I was ashamed to say I worked for the CPD. That too changed about 5 years ago!!!

4/16/2012 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a lot of talent wasting away in a blue shirt unable to get promoted--- it was always comical to see a punk kid with less than 10 years on the job telling a guy with a star and a bar on his left sleeve what to do--- just because you are the alderman's neighbor or the bosses daughter doesn't make you smarter than everyone else....

4/16/2012 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you wanted to be loved you should've been a fireman. And if you haven't found out how to make this job work for you yet you aren't very smart. Considering most of the people I work with, and all of the people I work for aren't qualified to work a drive thru im not surprised that most haven't. You wont get rich doing this job but we are paid fairly well. There isn't one person that didn't know going in how messed up this city or department was. So suck it up and do your job.

4/16/2012 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gave up on this job recently. Ive been on dicks list waiting for next class to be promoted. Over 4years mow. Ive accepted that this will not happen. The dics list is dead. And numerous clout hacks were promoted in front of me. They stole my spot that i earned through test score. So fuck you to all the bosses from commander on down. I am leaving this bullshit department in 6 years. It wont come soon enough.

4/16/2012 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anyone still bringing in numbers is an idiot. Get it through your head, they won't promote you. There are no detective or sgt classes in the works. All you do is make the boss look good. They are not saving a spot for you when the time comes..."

You, my friend, are the person that I can't stand on this job! If you want to be a dog ass, that's your perogative. But don't try justifying your dog ass attitude! where is your dignity?

You have a job to do as a Police Officer. It's that simple! I don't give a shit how fucked up this job has become. I can't stand all the bullshit either, but I took this job and am still getting paid. It doesn't sit right with me to just sit there and do the least possible just because of what's happened to our Department. I handle my jobs accordingly and lock shitheads up when necessary not because I'm trying to make the boss look good or even make myself look good. I do it because I have a job to do! I have my pride and dignity.

When someone is in trouble, they call us. Who do we call? We rely on each other. But more and more dog asses like you are nowhere to be found. You're in the station checking FB, or down on a job that should've been cleared over an hour ago, or whatever dog asses like you do!

We don't have the numbers we once had. That's a given. The numbers that are left simply need to step up and just do what's expected of them. I'm not saying you have to be a hard charger. I'm just saying, "DO YOUR FUCKING JOB!"

How do you feel when one of us gets hurt? Sorry? Are you really sorry? Cause someone like you could've been around to assist had you just been patrolling the streets like your getting paid to do. How are you going to feel if one of us meets our end? Help us. Don't hurt us. We need to help each other brother. Your attitude needs adjustment. It's not helping anybody.

As far as getting promoted, if you're not doing anything, why should you get promoted? So that you could be a dog ass Sgt? C'mon!

4/16/2012 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing these puppet bosses can do to a guy who can care less about getting promoted, going to tact or a unit, or advancing in any way. I learned that advancing revolves around who you know and who you blow. Not bitter cause im getting paid descent to push a beat car, a monkey could do that.

4/16/2012 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly are the haircut standards for the Chicago police? I've seen more and more uniformed officers (male) with long hair and ponytails and female officers with nose piercings, did I miss the change in uniform order? A proper haircut is part of the uniform, if you can't be uniform find another job.

4/16/2012 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, twenty and I'm done as well. And does Walmart accept applications in store or do I have to apply online? What a dead end job this turned out to be. I'm so pissed at myself for accepting this job. Now I'm tethered here in this crappy city and state. I didn't feel like this five years ago either.

4/16/2012 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck!! I'm All of the above! USA USA USA...I won!!

4/16/2012 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feel the same way. I'm educated, was in upper management in the private sector before the company got sold, and done a lot before I got on the job later in life. I've been on 15 years now and worked in numerous area of the CPD, but since I have no clout or family on the job or in politics I will go no where. I have taken tests, but never made the cut. I'm happy where I'm at but would love to move up just like many of us.

4/16/2012 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After 20 and a day a po continues to put in 9% of salary per year to get back 3% more in a pension check per year.After the first 12 mos you put in about 7200 dollars to get back 130 dollars per month. About the cost of a good steak dinner with drinks and the wife. An extra 1350 dollars of pension in the first year. That is the worst investment math I have ever seen. All you are doing is funding other peoples checks. Im gone in Jan.. 20 and out. Crunched the numbers and without all the deductions that are taken out on gross my net per mo is going to remain the same. Got 350 g in deferred comp to cover anything else. God willing I hope to live to 103 and get as much out of the pension that I can. Play devils advocate , and try to talk me out of it.

4/16/2012 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunately im experiencing all 5 of these.. plus about 5 or ten more numbers I could put up there. Thank god for my family.. its seriously the only thing that keeps me going. If I had only this job I really don't know what my fate would be... I hate this job and what it does to you. I hate the politicos, the citizens who could care less and hate us no matter what, the bosses(most of them...not all of them) who see us as pawns for comstat meetings, civil attorneys, criminal attorneys, states attorneys who don't believe a word you say, shitheads, criminals, victims, offenders, other coppers and the list goes on and on and on. This job is becoming a black hole and we are all falling deeper and deeper into it. Everyday I go to work my life gets a little worse. Lord help us

4/16/2012 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

number 6. You still go out and drink like a champ, use your button to get into bars for free, get in arguments wasted shouting how your the police and have 10 fop stickers and a hatband hanging from your rearview mirror. its called being a complete stroke.... and its what this job is now filled with. Nobody cares if your the police off duty. shut up and tell them your an electrician. pay the 5 dollar cover charge at the door and dont be a hard ass because someone accidentally bumped into you at 3am in an overcrowded bar. when he says sorry dont say watch it assh)le im a cop.. say, hey, not problem buddy. nothing but losers on this job these days.

4/16/2012 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Samurai said...

Well said. I hate to see what this Job has become. It's all about comng home safe now. Remember that.

4/16/2012 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who stays beyond 20 should get a basic mathematics book to read.

4/16/2012 01:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Old School said...

You young guys may not believe this: The job used to be fun and exciting. While I'm now retired, the stranglehold of politics have completely destroyed it. Fuck all the shaky clout suckasses. May they burn in hell. The gold braid pensions are nothing more than legalized bribery and theft. Camaraderie and morale are nonexistent.

There was a time when most of the public would respect us and our most noble calling. The others would fear us. We were damn proud to be Chicago's Finest.

That was then. This is now.

4/16/2012 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the P/O who gave up 10 years ago. I hope u have a good 11th year on the job. Hero.

4/16/2012 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/16/2012 12:20:00 AM

Pathetic.

You are whats wrong with this County/City.

CPD isn't a Job...

It's an Adventure.


Live the Adventure or Fucking quit.

4/16/2012 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Here is the sixth sign. What they try to do to the building trades, they'll eventually.try to CPD and CFD.. From our union meeting this week: Rahm and the city threatening massive layoffs unless the unions give back paid.holidays and take pay cuts. Paid holidays for all empllyees except police and fire cost $4 million each holiday. CPD and CFD another $4 million each holiday. Add 10%pay cuts and the humps at city hall are salivating. Be careful.

4/16/2012 07:42:00 AM

The guys hired recently in my trade are such backstabbing weasals that I don't give a rip if Rahm lays them off. Most of them are lackeys of a newer supervisor and jumped more senior workers for shift picks and assignments.

It was poetic justice when they were laid off previously......and the bastard supervisor was at the mercy of the older guys he tried to run off the job.

The supervisor was this/close to being busted down and having to leave himself. Unfortunately the union saved him. Too bad.

If Rahm got rid of him.....he'd have my support for life!

Eventually these young bucks will get older themselves, and the cycle will repeat itself.

4/16/2012 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I loved the job but she's a ho." - Northside

Truer words were never spoken. Soar with the eagles, John.

4/16/2012 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pay cuts for cpd
rambo don't have the ballerina shoes to try that , just a tutu

4/16/2012 06:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"we have lots of friends at work"

That's a good one, name the last 5 retirees from your district/unit?

Right because in 2weeks time you are a fucking nobody.Fact.

4/16/2012 07:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What exactly are the haircut standards for the Chicago police? I've seen more and more uniformed officers (male) with long hair and ponytails and female officers with nose piercings, did I miss the change in uniform order? A proper haircut is part of the uniform, if you can't be uniform find another job.

4/16/2012 12:25:00 PM"

I wear dreadlocks & a fu manchu, you want high& tight buzzcuts in uniform? Take your ass to Boystown

4/16/2012 07:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have the pols mixed up with mac the milk man filed their conflict of interests form? or how about the bicycle rental outsider? is there just one reporter smart enough to figure it out. just like g-mac they want to keep their job. you want to be a hitter, step up to the plate. better to be a lion for a short time, then a chicken for the rest of your life.

4/16/2012 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the P/O who gave up 10 years ago. I hope u have a good 11th year on the job. Hero.

Hero this asshat. There's more to life than this fucked up city/job. I am way past the 11th year dickhead.

You want to eat sleep and drink wanting to be a super cop go ahead. But I saw the writing on the wall years ago. Your probably a suck ass boss who is thin skinned. If shit hits the fan I will react, trust me. Other than that, fuck this job and city. I answer my calls and thats it. Hero this jagoff.

4/16/2012 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/16/2012 10:50:00 AM

AMEN!!! This is quite possibly the best post I have read in the longest time. No truer words have been spoken in ages, thank you.

signed- a p.o. still doing his job

4/16/2012 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Here is the sixth sign. What they try to do to the building trades, they'll eventually.try to CPD and CFD.. From our union meeting this week: Rahm and the city threatening massive layoffs unless the unions give back paid.holidays and take pay cuts. Paid holidays for all empllyees except police and fire cost $4 million each holiday. CPD and CFD another $4 million each holiday. Add 10%pay cuts and the humps at city hall are salivating. Be careful.

4/16/2012 07:42:00 AM

I cannot believe that a holiday cost the city 4 million. I would like to see the actual numbers because this sounds like some more information to scare citizens. Heck the city has about half the workforce it used to have. They layer off and fired everyone else. Most civilians are off on the holidays and CPD and CFD have no choice but to work. That figure seems to be bs.

4/16/2012 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an old-timer with a wheel gun and to me this is still the best job going. It is what you make it.

4/16/2012 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who is ashamed to be the police were not the police in the first place.

4/16/2012 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on this job for 16 years. I love this job.

4/16/2012 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There’s No Growth and Development in Your Job
****************
Wow, this must be the only job in the world where the economy has diminished advancement opportunities for it's help. If you must advance and you can't here, go elsewhere. This isn't public aid, it's not a lifelong endeavor. Remember how excited you were when you got the job and how lucky you felt when you did? Try working in the private sector, downsizing, layoffs, pay cuts and benefit reductions. Getting fired for not performing to expectations. How about this one, you've had this particular job for quite some time and now you make too much for this position, so you get fired because you can't advance. The reason for it is because that job is not worth what you get paid to do it for! We need to stop acting like pampered, milk fed veal and appreciate what we've got because it's haircut time. If the economy doesn't pick up and it won't with Barry in the drivers seat, the tax base will continue to shrink and we are not immune to the economic realities of our economy.

4/16/2012 09:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who is ashamed to be the police were not the police in the first place.


You call this current nonsense being the police? I'm ashamed.

4/16/2012 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... Anyone who is ashamed to be the police were not the police in the first place.

You call this current nonsense being the police? I'm ashamed.

4/16/2012 10:55:00 PM

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to here it does it make a sound?

4/16/2012 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay 9 percent of salary to get back 2.5 percent each year. That is backwards investing. Retire early.

4/17/2012 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

softball suckass who still has a job to do as a police officer and you hate dogs--- where the fuck do you work, disney land--- I will continue to be a dog until I retire and I laugh when the sgt takes you down to iad to hand over your star and shield when you get stripped-- but I'm such a good cop, I did everything that the lt wanted, he told me that I could stay on afternoons if I produced--- how does it feel now jagoff when you are sitting down at call back with all your bullshit war stories waiting for your 30 pending--- where's that lt now who saved you from working midnites and promised he had your back....

4/17/2012 02:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The job - doing police work - is great. The leadership and present working conditions within CPD suck, big time. We now spend so much time meeting, talking at meetings, berating people at meetings and juggling statistics that no one is really doing police work anymore.

4/17/2012 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9: 05 pm. Your text book econ 101 logic is quite telling. If what you write is true, mayor's, alderman, gold braid bosses, commissioners, bank, wall street CEO's, should be the first to go, in both the public as well as in the private sector, in a bad economy. They have costs the american taxpayers billions, because of mismanagement, lack of common sense, and just plain incompetence. It should be automatic recall when public works have overruns of over 300 million, in tax dollars, dollars, or automatic firing and retribution, when you cause one of the worst financial crisis's in banking, mortgages, than parlay said crisis into personal profits, by placing insurances on the eventual failing of a system you knew was going to fail. When these assholes get was coming to them, then i will accept the bullshit thats happening to the rank and file of the CPD and the working middleclass. In the mean time, if po's want to rant and rave, air out their feelings, post how they feel under appreciated, by both the administration and the citizendry they serve, let them. Scc, is the forum for which po's feel safe to express themselves and though, most often anonymously, allowed to get the silent majority in the department to be heard, without the repercussions of the "gestapo" tactics of certain political hacks. So please spare them the your "lucky you have a job" bullshit. The assholes that ran the economy to the dirt are quite lucky and blessed, these men and women, still find pride and love for their chosen vocation, have love and respect for the citizendry, put on the uniform, and despite some of the post, still go out and fight the forces of evil. God Bless CPD and SCC. Thank you for serving and protecting and know you are appreciated

4/17/2012 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"softball suckass who still has a job to do as a police officer and you hate dogs--- where the fuck do you work, disney land..."

Softball suckass? Seriously? You're a proud dog ass too! You're fucking pathetic.

Nowhere did I ever say I kiss ass. In fact, I don't like kiss asses either. If a boss doesn't recognize me based on my own merits, that's his/her problem. A good boss recognizes who's a good worker and who is not. I never asked a boss to keep me anywhere. I moved around on pure luck and motivation. I have since been thrown back to the watch and should be bitter as hell about it, but I still love this job. It's dog asses like you who continue to demoralize a good copper with your attitude and views.

As far as IOD with 30 pending, that's what guys like you talk about just to further your non-working ass! How about you quit and find a new line of work cause you're worthless on this job. You're hurting us as a Force brotha. Get that through your fucking head!

If you're doing your job right, there's no reason to be facing suspension. I guess you just don't know how to do your job so you continue to make up excuses to make yourself look justified in your dog ass ways. Get real and stop talking shit about the men and women who take this job serious and continue to do what's expected of them.

It's a job. Get it done and get it done right! Youre a sad case that I continue to see growing on this job. You're a fucking cancer. Stop with your bullshit and get off your ass!

How are you different from the welfare recipients who continue to suck from the governments teet? They do nothing,just like you, and get a check. You're just like "dude". And you're proud to be like them? WTF?

4/17/2012 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are you different from the welfare recipients who continue to suck from the governments teet? They do nothing,just like you, and get a check. You're just like "dude". And you're proud to be like them? WTF?


Yr a stroke.

4/17/2012 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get it, Because I don't come in with 5 BS heads a day Im not a cop? I answer my calls and give good police service. Arresting someone for a can a beer or a seed is BS to me.

4/18/2012 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey softball, did you write your mover and parker today--- did you go lick the w/c balls and give him a reach around---

4/19/2012 02:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i retired 8 years ago the job sucked then but life is good now free money get 20 years on and retire fuck cpd and the city of chicago

4/19/2012 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing how much the CPD and NYPD have in common. I have worked for the NYPD over 8 years and it gets worse every day. You get treated like a 12 year old, talked down to, and get your chops broken if you don't have activity. Cannot wait to retire and and get far far away from this city!

4/19/2012 11:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure I treated retirees well. Now that I'm retired I've never been treated so badly in my life. I will look for greener pastures.

4/20/2012 03:00:00 AM  

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