A number of people posting yesterday about our "Riddle Us This" post:
- How? Do explain.
- Explain how jobs are being eliminated.
- I join in asking SCC, what is the FOP doing to eliminate 2000 jobs?
- SCC, your post is a little confusing. I am assuming that you are talking about the new schedule in 005. Just like the proposed contract settlement, some P.O.s look at the 10.5 hour schedule and think about how it would effect them in the short term. They don't look at the bigger picture. Eliminating an entire watch would require far fewer P.O.s. (I think.) I haven't seen the math but I have heard others, like you, mention that the City would get by with 2,000 less. Can anyone show how they came up with the figure of 2,000?
Well, let's start with a little history first. Our timeline might be a little off, but each of these things happened, just maybe not in the order listed.
Rahm promised...PROMISED...to hire 1,00 coppers when he got elected. As soon as he got there, he claimed to have been misquoted (he wasn't) and said he meant he would put 1,000 more coppers on the street. He promptly accomplished a third of this by disbanding a group of coppers who were....wait for it....ALREADY ON THE STREET!
The media lapped this up like a a dog goes after peanut butter. Then he started "dumping" officers out of HQ and had his paid mouthpiece McCompStat say things like "getting the most out of our manpower" and reassigning dead weight and maybe even "civilianizing" certain functions. But you still couldn't get a parking space at HQ, even before the Fire guys moved in. We personally know one guy who got "dumped" three times and he's still there. But the media loves it's peanut butter.
Shortly after this, Rahm eliminated around 1,200 budgeted spots in the Department that hadn't been filled for numerous reasons - no test, no money for a test, no money for promotions, no money for whatever. This was on top of the early 2000's where Daley wasn't hiring and we went nearly 5 years without graduating 100 total Officers per year while the last of the Vietnam guys retired to the tune of another 1,000 vacancies. That budget trick allowed Rahm to claim we were at "full strength." It was a lie.
Next, Garry combined Districts - 002/021; 019/023; 012/013. We aren't sure if it happened in each case, but the people up in 019/023 raised hell about cuts to their manpower. Garry and Rahm PROMISED that there would be no reduction in manpower. The same number of Officers would be assigned to the new district as were there before. This was in fact another lie. Eliminating one (or closing two) lockups eliminated spots. One commander slot vanished. Lieutenant spots, Sergeant spots, Officer spots, Tact spots, all of these spots disappeared. One complete office staff - gone. Not a bad thing since they run heavy, but less spots is less officers. Crime in Boystown blog has documented something like a 10-15% drop in manpower, over an area that used to have hundreds of Officers.
Now let's get to actual math. 012 and 013 had 9 beats each.
- 1st Watch - 2 officers; 2nd Watch - 1 officer;3rd Watch - 2 officers
That's 5 officers per beat car per District 45 cops times 2 District equals 90 cops.
Combined they only have 15 beats in the new 012. 5 times 15 equals 75. That's a 15 man reduction in force right there...16% or so. How about the Tact teams? Do they still carry a combined 6 teams in these combo district? If not, that's 3 sergeants and 24-to-30 spots gone. Are you seeing it yet?
Now let's talk about 10.5 hour days. You have how many desk bids? Spots listed in the contract. Two shifts equals a 33% reduction in bids. How about an Area? One lockup bid for males, one for females per watch. Two shifts, that's two spots gone. Fill in the overlap with civilians and you see where this is going. How about supervisors? Each watch had 2 lieutenants, 5 bid sergeants and 2 management sergeants per watch (give or take the day lieutenant). Now you have two shifts - are those spots gone? You can't bid for a spot that doesn't exist. You can spread some out (say 7 bids per watch plus management), but you've lost spots.
Any "increase" in manpower will be temporary at best. Attrition will lessen the ranks (see 019/023) while hiring slows once again until the Department is "right sized" to what Rahm wants - something along the lines of Houston which patrols a similar sized city with just over 5,300 officers. Of course, Texas has very permissive concealed carry laws and county sheriffs picking up a bit of the overlap, so that might have something to do with their lower crime rates. Oh yeah, and a State government that doesn't hesitate to put murderers to death semi-regularly.
2,000 less coppers is a real possibility, and by their silence, the FOP is going to take blame from this quarter. The organization should be fighting to preserve every job they can, working with the city (hahahaha) when modernization presents itself, but saving what we have so far. No labor organization ever won by giving up positions. Especially if 2,000 fewer officers are paying in to a pension that's in trouble already.
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