|I saw this on EveryBlock- 45th Ward. This is an excellent post explaining why everyone who lives in the 16th Police District (which includes the 41st Ward) needs to call & email the aldermen and the Mayor. Be loud, clear, direct and VOCAL. This is a very serious issue, and it needs everyone's attention.|
New Kid On the Block- Rick posted a new message to Ward 45:
As we start to see more graffiti, robberies, burglaries, shootings, etc. we should all be reminded why this is steadily increasing.
The 16th District is the largest Police District in the city with 202 Officers assigned.
Between 3 shifts, 3 tactical teams and office staff, along with days off, medical and vacation days, you get a small number of actual officers on the street.
16th District Beat Map:
The District has 12 Beats.
Each beat gets one car. The tact teams may have up to 5 cars on the street if they aren't detailed out, sent to some sort of training or just short on manpower. Our 2 gang teams have been gone for a very long time.
If they assign a job considered dangerous, they either send a 2-man car from the beat of occurrence or a 1 man car and they pull a car from the neighboring beat to back up that 1 man car.
If your beat car makes an arrest, takes lunch, or goes to back up another car, you have no beat car on your beat.
When they have a big OUTDOOR ROLL CALL; there are no cars on the other beats during that roll call.
I'm telling you this because we as citizens need to understand that we are not getting the resources we are paying for with our tax dollars.
Looking at the map from the Chicago News Cooperative, the 15th District has 283 officers, the 7th District has 386 officers and these districts are significantly smaller than ours.
Yes they have higher crime rates, but the large number of officers they are sending there would surely indicate that MORE officers does help combat crime.
Another comparison is our district to the 23rd district with 191 officers or the 21st district with 206 officers. Both districts have low crime and about the same amount of officers as 16; they are also about a 1/4 the size of 16.
By the way, the most recent graffiti issues are on Beat 1623.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Chicago Police Staffing 101
Posted by 41st Ward News at 6:48 PM