We had been hoping to report that Safe Passage was finished, all the kids were safe, and business as usual could resume in Districts and Units across the city. We can't, seeing as how Safe Passage has been extended indefinitely, probably until the end of the year, but certainly until the temperatures drop.
The City and many Departments, including police, fire, streets, traffic management, etc are now trapped in an odd situation. No student has managed to get wounded or killed in a Safe Passage zone during school hours since it began, therefore the program is considered a success. Conversely, should someone catch a round the very week, day or minute that Safe Passage is uncovered, Rahm is going to have answer a lot of questions that he'd rather not have to. So it looks like they are going to continue putting Probationary Police Officers on foot, squad cars on fixed routes, fire trucks parked on corners and TMA's and Streets and San supervisors cruising the hood. House mouses and HQ dollies will be deployed for shifts every week, not unlike the old "Closed Market" program from a few years back.
An efficient use of resources? We imagine Streets will be phased out shortly as there's always plenty of other jobs they can be doing, followed by TMA's and the CFD. They need those PPO's to cover the VRI boxes at night though. But holding down sizable percentages of the Districts for 3 hours in the AM and 3 hours in the PM? We'll have to see how the whole thing runs.
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