Battles await city's top cop

As he prepares to take over as Chicago's next police superintendent, J.P. "Jody" Weis, the FBI boss in Philadelphia, has pledged to rebuild the trust of people like Roshean Williams. Full Story
Goldman

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 2, 2007
Some suggestions for the new chief:(1) Some early appearance changes to show he's on the job, including
ditching the ball caps and returning all patrol officers to the widely-recognized checkerboard hats; Uniform inspections daily to ensure clean uniforms and vests, a factor proven in the military to increase morale; and Keeping squad cars clean and repaired; (2) Take police off of soft-duties like airport, city hall and alderman-protective duties and put them back into patrols of neighborhoods, and get more plain-clothed cops back into uniform and on the streets; (3) Expand the bicycle and Segway patrols, they're very effective and the
officers are in great physical condition with excellent, identifiable uniforms; (4) Race sensitivity to have like officers in like neighborhoods to reduce racial tension between residents and police; (5) Give chief ability to hire his own subordinates to ensure his directives are carried out and he has support at the top; (6) Keep the
mounted police and place them in public areas; they are the best public relations the police have; (7) Look at establishment of an auxiliary police force such as New York City has to increase visibility of law enforcement; (8) Get officers out of squad cars for walking patrols at
least 15 minutes out of every hour; and (9) Get the union on board with the needed changes. It's in their best interests to back you. Best wishes.
Sooo

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 2, 2007
He needs to cut the apron strings from City Hall. This department along with OEMC and OPS need to be independent and self-governing apart from doing what King Richie wants....

We know the man is a micro-manager.....

Why would the director of OEMC have to wait until Richie says to sound the alarm during a dangerous storm when all evidence before his eyes say sound one...because the king was out of town...."that's ridiculous, just ridiculous..."
Bruce

Chicago, IL

#3 Dec 2, 2007
Kudos to Mayor Daley for hiring Weis. Maybe he will put some efficient "FBI" techniques to the Chicago Police Force.

“Tah Dah!”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#4 Dec 2, 2007
A note to "Reverand" Hood and Mary Mitchell:

Philly's terrible murder rate has nothing to do with his inability to stop it.

He was with the FBI, not police. The FBI does not deal with daily crime there, the police department does. He would have nothing to do with that.

In fact, the Chief of Police in Philly would be responsible for the homicide rate.

But he is a black man, and we know we cannot criticize a black man when a white man can take the blame for it!
John C

Chicago, IL

#5 Dec 2, 2007
Have the cops pass a physical exam so they can actually perform the duties they are assigned to. Eliminate the SEGWAY transportation, so people can acutally walk up and talk to the officers. Too many of the cops are just "city employees" that just want the paycheck only. Deploy oficers to prevent crime as well as to catch the criminals.
Todd

Elmhurst, IL

#6 Dec 2, 2007
What's with everyone and the Checkerboard hats? I keep reading that one over and over and fail to understand why people love them so much? Truth of the matter is those things are uncomfortable, awkward, and the second you get in a foot chase guess where it ends up?(lost in the street) Keeping the uniforms clean and pressed is easy and I couldnt agree more with that one. Wanna boost morale? Start recognizing all the GREAT work that's done EVERYDAY by 99.9% of the force.
helloooo

Chicago, IL

#7 Dec 2, 2007
New Sup,

Please take a look seriously at the "all" crimes to officers ratios and at the credentials and need of having white shirts at 35th Street [hiding].

Why aren't they in the districts with those doing police work? They can provide their input by coming in weekly or daily to hear from the top and provide a status of what happened in their districts or use technology. There are four (?) Command Areas and four DS under the top and 1st...deploy them to the districts. This should keep them challenged and actually doing some police work like the POs and Detectives.
Pete

Oak Forest, IL

#8 Dec 2, 2007
Goldman wrote:
Some suggestions for the new chief:(1) Some early appearance changes to show he's on the job, including
ditching the ball caps and returning all patrol officers to the widely-recognized checkerboard hats; Uniform inspections daily to ensure clean uniforms and vests, a factor proven in the military to increase morale; and Keeping squad cars clean and repaired; (2) Take police off of soft-duties like airport, city hall and alderman-protective duties and put them back into patrols of neighborhoods, and get more plain-clothed cops back into uniform and on the streets; (3) Expand the bicycle and Segway patrols, they're very effective and the
officers are in great physical condition with excellent, identifiable uniforms; (4) Race sensitivity to have like officers in like neighborhoods to reduce racial tension between residents and police; (5) Give chief ability to hire his own subordinates to ensure his directives are carried out and he has support at the top; (6) Keep the
mounted police and place them in public areas; they are the best public relations the police have; (7) Look at establishment of an auxiliary police force such as New York City has to increase visibility of law enforcement; (8) Get officers out of squad cars for walking patrols at
least 15 minutes out of every hour; and (9) Get the union on board with the needed changes. It's in their best interests to back you. Best wishes.
Goldman, I agree with most of your suggestions except getting the police out of their cars for 15 minutes out of every hour. That is impossible. Please don't believe that the CPD is 13,500 strong, that is a lie. The CPD is so shorthanded is is unbelievable. Thee are so many backlogs for service every night it would make your head spin. Patrol cars are running from job to job with several more stacked waiting for them. More man power is needed, then maybe some cops could walk a post for a little while.
helloooo

Chicago, IL

#9 Dec 2, 2007
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
Goldman, I agree with most of your suggestions except getting the police out of their cars for 15 minutes out of every hour. That is impossible. Please don't believe that the CPD is 13,500 strong, that is a lie. The CPD is so shorthanded is is unbelievable. Thee are so many backlogs for service every night it would make your head spin. Patrol cars are running from job to job with several more stacked waiting for them. More man power is needed, then maybe some cops could walk a post for a little while.
Is the actual number LESS than 9,000 POs vs the 13,500 that the mayor keeps reporting?

“You can't handle the TRUTH!”

Since: Sep 07

Chicago

#10 Dec 2, 2007
"I don't think this is a good message sent to our community," said Rev. Steve Greer Jr. of Christian Valley Baptist Church. "We needed a representative sensitive to the issues that African-Americans face and understand why we do what we do."

__________

Typical A Hole!

Why does this moron of a preacher believe that the best person is based on the color of his skin rather than his credentials and abilities!

You sound as bad as the race baitor Mary Mitchell of the Scum Times Newspaper and the loud mouths do nothing for anyone else unless they see dollar signs Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who are out for the next best lawsuit against the cities!

Give this guy a chance to work!

At least he has some Legit credentials, as in a Federal Law Officer!
a street cop

Gaithersburg, MD

#11 Dec 2, 2007
Golodman, many good points.
Nothing is more degrading than those baseball caps. How can anyone respect an Officer wearing a stupid baseball cap? Save tat for Wrigley Field, not an officer trying to get respect from a citizen.
Horses are also an excellent tool, they get respect, and also give the officer an excellent view of the area in crowded conditions.
I was on a department for over 24 years, but I would have left if they told me I had to wear a baseball cap. Our department's policy was "hats optional".
Pete

Oak Forest, IL

#12 Dec 2, 2007
helloooo wrote:
<quoted text>
Is the actual number LESS than 9,000 POs vs the 13,500 that the mayor keeps reporting?
I don't know the exact number, I could only guess. But 13,500 is nuts. There have been a ton of retirements and only a couple small new recruit classes in the last years. Don't forget all of the "House mouses" (inside help) that never hit the street. CPD needs more bodies.
Pete

Oak Forest, IL

#13 Dec 2, 2007
As far as the new super goes, as say give him a chance.

Here's a question. Let's say there is a police involved shooting on the westside where the offender has a gun, points it at police, and gets shot and killed. Naturally, hundreds of witnesses will surface after the incident and claim to the "Reverands" (not the police)that they saw the whole thing and the offender did not have a gun (it was planted, etc. etc.)The "Community will be up in arms as usual. My question is...when this happens what difference will the color of the new superintendant make?
Todd

Elmhurst, IL

#14 Dec 2, 2007
"I was on a department for over 24 years, but I would have left if they told me I had to wear a baseball cap. Our department's policy was "hats optional". "

It still is. I cant stand those oversized, poor fitting, checkerboard hats. Maybe if you're on fluff duty downtown where you need to be more visible, BUT doing actual police work... no way. Everytime you step in and out of the car you knock it off your head on the doorway. It's simply not functional, it's a decoration.

“Tah Dah!”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#15 Dec 2, 2007
helloooo wrote:
<quoted text>
Is the actual number LESS than 9,000 POs vs the 13,500 that the mayor keeps reporting?
The number is closer to 9000. Now you take away 1000 for pushing desks. Take away about another 500 for being detectives/evidence technicians. Take away another 1000 for being bosses (lieutenants, captains, commanders, etc). The grand total you have left, divide that in three for each watch (shift). Take that number and divide it by the 25 districts.

That number is about how many cops you have working at one given time in one given area, minus all the secret little units you need clout to get on that do not even get assigned jobs on the radio and the thousands of PO's there (swat, mounted unit, marine unit, assett forfeiture, bomb and arson, fugitive apprehension, etc). I know I am leaving more out.

This dept is so understaffed, do not let the Supt and mayor lie to you. Not to mention the fact 10's of thousands used to take the test to get on, now they are lucky if they can get 1000.

This coming from someone working in personnel.

“Tah Dah!”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#16 Dec 2, 2007
For a good source of information on how CPD is really run on a day to day basis, visit:

secondcitycop.blogspot.com

It is a blog written by PO's, not clout bosses and political hacks.

Don't believe everything the bosses, politicians and media tell you.

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