Up To Strength? Hardly
The CrimeInBoystown blog has been hammering the crap out of Rahm and Garry over manpower issues. Here's a look at some of it:
- Two guys were peeking into Boystown yards early Saturday morning. A cop was dispatched an hour later.
A drunk reportedly climbed behind the wheel of a car around the same time. A cop was dispatched 70 minutes later.
Welcome to the world of RAPs and the incredible effort to deny that they have an impact on police service.
Frequent CWB readers are probably familiar with the term RAP. It stands for "Radio Assignments Pending," an official term used by the Chicago Police Department and their dispatchers to designate periods of time when police districts have no cars available to handle incoming 911 calls.
When all officers are tied up on assignments, districts go "into a RAP" and new calls for help stack up and wait for an officer to become available.
So far this weekend, our district has been in RAP status at least four times for periods lasting from just over an hour to more than three hours.
They've also been covering the outbreak of arsons that have been occurring all over the northside long before the Department came out with a community alert the other day. And more troubling, a 45-minute wait for an ambulance recently experienced by some traffic accident victims, a Fire Department shortage that doesn't receive enough coverage.