- The business district in Wicker Park and Bucktown will spend $50,000 on initiatives that could include private security patrols, security cameras and partnerships with local businesses to boost the area's safety.
The sum is more than the $20,000 budgeted in July but less than the $100,000 Ald. Brian Hopkins, 2nd, and Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, wanted set aside from a special tax fund. They sought to hire firms, staffed mostly by off-duty and retired police officers who have arrest powers and sometimes carry guns, using $100,000 from a $1.2 million budget that comes from property taxes and is managed by businesspeople in the neighborhoods. Hopkins cited an increase in crime as the reason for the outlay.
This also popped up in the comment section:
- Hey SCC off topic but, while having lunch yesterday in Greek town I saw numerous people security/police going business to business getting owners to signup for the alderman"s new security force. WTF is this shit??? Most of the people had guns and vests some said police others said tactical, is there something we need to know about???
8/04/2016 03:44:00 AM
At Damen and Chicago while having lunch at the Subway, I saw four guys in with a duty belt, a gun, handcuffs, baton, etc. Just like what we have. They had a vest and it said "Officer" on the back. It looked so damn official. At first I thought they were Cook County guys. Then I see on their shoulder it said "Central Investigative Services". I then asked who they were and the guy just said we are officers. I asked officers as in police officers? Then he gives me a hard look and an attitude. He says, did I not just tell you I am an officer? I asked once again and then another said "we are security officers for the company central investigative services, have a nice day sir". To an average Joe, they look just like police officers.
So who's the connected individuals who have a hand in this?
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