- At City Council budget hearings on Thursday, some aldermen were angered that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy could not immediately tell them exactly how many officers are currently on the force.
WBBM Newsradio [...] reports Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) is one of several aldermen who have said the city should hire more police officers, but he was frustrated when he asked McCarthy how many cops are on the job right now, and the superintendent said he did not have the precise figures.
“That’s why I said I want to get them right, and we’ll get them to you,” he said.
That drew the ire of Munoz, who said he was “offended” the superintendent came unprepared to provide specifics on staffing at the department’s budget review.
“How can we have a conversation about staffing levels if the superintendent doesn’t have the numbers?,” Munoz said. “It’s a trick not to have the conversation in public and I, for one, feel offended.”
Munoz, who used to carry guns for the latin kings is offended? Eek. Aldercreature Cochran makes a better point:
- Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), a former police officer, said he couldn’t believe McCarthy was asking aldermen to wait another day for answers about staffing.
“For people to come in here, and talk about they don’t have the right numbers, is bull; is absolutely bull,” he said. “Every one of those bureau chiefs that sit up here know better than to go to their superintendent, and prepare him for a meeting like this, and not have the right numbers.”
If that happens, McCarthy (or Tracey) jump up and down and scream, so the aldercreatures ought to be doing the same, right? McUnprepared then comes up with some numbers:
- After a lunch break, McCarthy was able to provide specifics, saying the department has an authorized strength of 12,533 sworn officers, and 587 vacancies.
[number corrected below - SCC] This is a joke, right? The D unit is down what? 400 since Weis? There are something like four total "Forensic Investigators" at the Crime Lab (authorized over 30) and just try to get an ET to show up to dust a scene. Almost half the Department can't get time due without a human sacrifice. Rahm has spent $100 million on overtime this year alone. And we're only short 600 cops?
What a fucking joke. How about instead of filing FOIA requests for CR files that are 50 years old, some enterprising reporter file FOIA requests for personnel counts for the last 50 years?
UPDATE: We misread the paragraph about the numbers. Authorized is 12,533 with almost 600 vacancies puts us at 11,946 - still a ridiculously high estimate. With all the double counting going on, even Commanders don't know how many people assigned to their district are actually working in their districts.
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