Clearing the Deadwood - Again?
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Wednesday to follow Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s recipe to save up to $16.6 million a year and put another 292 police officers on the street — by shifting sworn officers from desk jobs to street duty.
After a “complete review of police assignments,” Emanuel said Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has already reassigned “560 to 580” officers who were previously doing clerical and administrative jobs to patrol Chicago neighborhoods.
If Ferguson has identified even more police officers “pushing paper,” as Emanuel put it, the mayor said he would relish the opportunity to return those officers to street duty as well, so long as the police union contract does not prevent it.
All we know is we had to go to HQ the other week and there wasn't a parking spot to be found. And while we understand there are certain functions that have to be carried out by sworn police officers as required by state law (backgrounds, criminal histories, etc.) it sure seems that certain exempts are flouting McNitwit's edicts concerning numbers of office staff required.
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