Concealed Carry and Police Encounters
3 weeks ago
Now, the Police Department is field-testing 17 BlackBerries with officers assigned to bike and Segway patrols, narcotics and Area One gun teams. At least 100 more are expected to be ordered at the end of this month and distributed to specialized units, including organized-crime squads.
The goal is to get the time-saving devices into the hands of every officer on the street.
In the coming months, each district will have a LIDAR gun, which trains a laser beam on a car to determine its exact speed.
The new plan -- which also includes a unit that will deploy officers to traffic trouble spots across the city -- comes just months after a parade of aldermen complained that pedestrian safety and enforcement of the city's traffic laws were not priorities of the department.
On Tuesday, Transportation Committee Chair Tom Allen (38th) said the new plan fell short in one key way: The city doesn't just need new gadgets but more officers to use them.
we're not hiring any new police. I still feel the money should be devoted to police.''
Chicago beat officers responded to reports of a gang disturbance at Marshall High School at the 3200 block of West Adams Street, according to police News Affairs Officer Kelly Liakopoulos. The officers discharged mace while in the school, she said.
Six students were transported to area hospitals. Three went to Mount Sinai Hospital, one in “red” or “serious to critical” condition, and two in “green” or “good” condition. Three other students were transported in "green" condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Rodriguez said.
A gunman opened fire on two Chicago police detectives this morning from inside a Southeast Side residence, but the detectives were not wounded and the suspect was taken into custody, police said.
Chicago, IL) -- An immigrant rights group is calling for a boycott of two national companies. Martino Unzuerta of the Chicago Workers Collaborative says Dunkin' Donuts and Applebee's are discriminating against illegal immigrants whose names don't match their social security numbers. The two companies are accused of firing illegals who use such phony numbers to obtain work. Federal law requires employers to match their employees with social security numbers.
A teletype recently placed in the CO Book got us thinking about this whole overtime initiative. The teletype informed Sgt.'s working the Dan Ryan Construction Project they would now be limited to eight days maximum a month, down from the previous maximum of twelve. An informal poll of Sgt.'s we know revealed very few are getting days in this program. A check of the assignment roster revealed that a small group of Sgt.'s have this program monopolized. Not bad work if you can get it (Do the math at time and a half). Why is this program bid differently than Tara, Midway, and CHA? Why can a Sgt. work the Dan Ryan and then go to work in his unit/district the same day? While we're at it, how is it that some guys in S/S DOG (hello HQ) are maxing out in the other programs while some Sgt.'s are unsuccessful bidders? Perhaps someone can help shed some light on this situation.