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Rahm Emanuel's Promise: 1,000 More Cops On the Street

Rahm Emanuel's Promise: 1,000 More Cops On the Street

Associated Press

Chicago Sun Times via YellowBrix

January 09, 2011

Mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel is promising to put 1,000 more police officers on Chicago’s streets by putting cadets in desk jobs, cracking down on medical abuses and renegotiating a policy that allows officers to take 365 sick days every two years.

But he’s not about to “divide the city” by realigning police beats or reallocating officers from lower-crime districts to those that need more protection.

Emanuel is promising to dump Police Supt. Jody Weis to improve morale and reverse what he calls a “culture of preventive policing” where officers are “not doing their job because they don’t think anybody has their back.” But he also wants to pull the rug out from under the plan that Weis hopes to execute before his $310,000-a-year contract expires March 1 — to shift police from low-crime districts to high-crime ones for the first time in 30 years.

“I want to think of solutions that [do] not pit the North Side of the city against the South Side, the West Side against the central part of the city,” Emanuel told the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board Friday.

Political pressure from aldermen who stand to lose officers has prevented the city from redrawing the boundaries of police beats or reallocating officers from district to district since the late 1970s.

Weis told aldermen during City Council budget hearings that he would have a “reallocation plan” by Dec. 31, but such a plan has not been unveiled.

Weis would not respond directly to Emanuel’s comments, but he previously said “nothing speaks to morale like results,” noting there have been almost two years of straight month-to-month crime reductions, and the 2010 homicide total was the lowest in 45 years. He also previously touted improved training and equipment and a 50-percent drop in lawsuits against officers during his tenure.

A source close to Weis said “the superintendent believes that the next mayor will need to sit down with whomever they select, and it will be up to them to develop a public-safety strategy that they are comfortable with.”

All the while, Weis has led a department that is more than 2,300 officers-a-day short of authorized strength, counting vacancies, sick leave and limited duty.

The Fraternal Order of Police has served notice it intends to enforce the union contract that, union officials warned, could severely limit Weis’ options.

Emanuel’s anti-crime plan does not rely on shifting officers from district to district.

He has already talked about using tax-increment-financing (TIF) funds to hire 250 police officers.

Now he wants to free 500 more desk cops for street duty by revitalizing the police cadet program and using those college students to perform clerical work in the city’s 25 police districts.

Graduating cadets would get “hiring preference” second only to military veterans.

The remaining 250 officers would come from a long-awaited crackdown on medical abuses made possible, in part, by a generous sick-leave policy that Mayor Daley was advised to change nearly 20 years ago, but never did.

FOP President Mark Donahue said he has welcomed the opportunity to “weed out medical abusers” — and the Police Department has a so-called medical integrity unit that’s attempting to do that.

But he reacted coolly to the idea of forfeiting a policy that allows officers to take 365 sick days every two years.

“A lot of our guys get hurt doing their jobs — even more so lately,” Donahue said, after a year that saw six officers lose their lives, five of them shot to death and one in a car accident.

Emanuel said he would have officers become more aggressive on the street.

“You’ve got to get back on that street and take possession of those streets so the kids and the neighbors have a sense that those streets belong to them,” said Emanuel, whose uncle was a Chicago cop.

“If you think with your nightstick, I can’t protect you,” he said. “You do your job like you were trained to do, and both the superintendent and the mayor will have your back.”

  • Funny_pictures_56616_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Liberal Definition of " PROMISE ". .......Anything that needs to said in order to get what YOU want.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    Chicago Politics as usual....?
    No further...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    They ought to make people running for office sign a statement that has in writing what they are promising and hold them to it. If they fail on their promise then that person should be removed from office. Politicians should start realizing the general public, John Q. Voter, is not as gullable as they think. Setting 1000's of people up like this could have sever ramifications. Let's pray he sticks to his word and increases employment and decreases crime.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    More smoke and mirrors, long on talk, short on substance.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump ssu459

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Retleo!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Thanks for writing in such an encouraging post. I had a glimpse of it and couldn’t stop reading till I finished.

    Lemon detox diet

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Another lie to get into office? Of course he is telling the truth.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I with you fully on that comment ssu459!!!

  • Aaa_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump ssu459

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Chicago pols have been long on promises ( to get elected ! ), but short on performance ( once they get there ! ). Best I can say about this is, wait and see.

  • Badge__hat_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Hey Rahm, would you like fries with that?

  • Img00015-20101105-1530_max50


    over 3 years ago


    the should help some

  • Pic-0246_max50


    over 3 years ago


    taking more officers off the desk and putting them on the streets wouldnt be a bad idea but are these officers going to be able to perform the day to day duties of a street cop? most are on the desk due to age. with age comes a slower response to some things and then there is what if a it comes down to fighting for your life against a suspect? putting your partner in danger? knowing where youre at at all times or simple things like completing arrest reports and going to court? some havent done these things in years. yeah it might look good cosmetically but is it really gonna work from the inside out? stop the wasteful political spending in the city and put more able-bodied recruits through the academy. hey that might work but it makes too much sense obviously. and in chicago cadets are not allowed to complete reports even on the desk because they are not sworn law enforcement yet. yeah they could complete a report and just sign an officers name to it but what if some serious legal issue arises from the way a report was completed? someone would have some serious explaining to do. like ssu459 said its all smoke and mirrors. nothing new to this city though

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman thinks of the future. Bill Clinton's 10,000 officers and Rahm's 1000. might as well add a few more ZEROS........

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