- Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that beat officers will now have to work overtime shifts in their “home districts” where they’re assigned — a change he hopes will make them more productive.
Sure, because the high seniority guys on days will be eating up this OT. And the high seniority guys on days are all go-getters setting the world on fire.
- In the past, a beat officer in one district might work OT in a high-crime district across town.
Starting on July 1, district officers will work overtime in one of 25 high-crime zones — up from 19 zones — in their home districts.
These would be the Districts where people (or folks) don't trust the police, because the police don't look like them, right? And the folks (or people) there think the police can't "relate" to their experiences, so they don't snitch out the criminals, but will video every traffic stop in the hopes of sharing in a payout.
There is also this admission of spreading the OT around "phone call" units:
- But if the department can’t fill an OT shift in a particular high-crime zone, officers in special units that roam larger sections of the city — or the entire city — will be invited to participate, Johnson said.
And here again is the admission that the Department is understaffed at levels approaching criminality:
- [Johnson] said OT is cheaper than hiring additional officers and paying the benefits a full-time job carries with it.
Frank Main makes the only logical leap:
- The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this year that the Police Department spent a record $116.1 million on overtime in 2015 — up 17.2 percent from the previous year — to mask a manpower shortage that has mushroomed under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with police retirements outpacing hiring by 975 officers.
[...] The changes unveiled Tuesday appear to be less about controlling the amount of overtime and more about altering who will get the overtime and where those officers are assigned.
We're surprised Rahm let him say it.
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