Thursday, March 01, 2007

What does The Future Hold?

Contracts with city unions expire June 30 and a showdown looms. Last time around, the police contract was handed down by an arbitrator, and it took 28 months to nail down an agreement with the building trades that ended up denying retirees back paychecks. This time, the stage is set for even more tension after most major unions denied Daley their endorsements and worked to elect a more independent City Council. Daley also must confront a pension underfunding problem that threatens to saddle future generations with a debt they can't handle. Painful solutions include benefit reductions and increased employee contributions.

Be prepared for for a long fight. Charlie Williams has made his view on our medical abundantly clear. Williams insist that a two teir system should be in place where sworn members will keep the existing benefit of 364 days in a two year period and and that new hires would be given something in line with other departments i.e. 12 days a year. We have also mentioned in a prior post that a two tier system has been proposed by a civic group concerning our pensions. Watch for the department to dangle the 10 hour day in our direction. What we would have to give up may be costly.

On or before Police Supt. Phil Cline celebrates his four-year anniversary in October, he is expected to announce his retirement from the pressure-cooker job. That will force the Police Board to conduct its usual nationwide search -- and Daley to choose a replacement, either from the Chicago Police Department's thin bench or from outside Chicago, which he hates to do. Former Deputy Police Supt. Charles Ramsey, a runner-up in past police searches, is available again after a stint as police chief in Washington, D.C. In-house candidates include: Chief of Patrol Charles Williams, Deputy Supt. Hiram Graue, assistant deputy superintendents Eugene Williams and Matt Tobias and Frank Limon, chief of organized crime. Two women are also possibilities: Chief of Detectives Maria Maher and Assistant Deputy Supt. Anne Egan

ADS Debra Kirby (IAD) is conspicuously missing from that list, could that make her the true front runner?
As for DS Charlie Williams, his latest memo sent to the districts, I quote " No longer are the days of handing out car keys to police officers to just ride around". He wants to see activity in the DOC. This man has lost touch with reality. Lets see, backlogs for 10 months out of the year, denied time due, denied lunches P.O.'s just off probation and working as acting FTO's and morale in the shitter and he seems to believe they are just riding around. You want to know why morale is so bad? Look no further than the top! Shame on you Charlie Williams!


Anonymous said...

Someone take Charlie's memo pad away from him.

Anonymous said...

A topic I have brought up before about the two tier pension system. Who will be funding our (current) pensin in this system?

The pension system works in that those on the job now are funging the pensions for the retire guys. they switch to a two tier system where is the money coming from to provide for my pension down the line when I retire? There is no longer money being put into the fund because new hires are in a different program and once payments are stopped being put into the fund the return on investment will never be able to provide for our future and will dry up very quick

Anonymous said...

" No longer are the days of handing out car keys to police officers to just ride around". He wants to see activity in the DOC

And if I don't, what is he going to do? Put me on midnights in the ghetto??

Anonymous said...

Our one single biggest chip is the olympics. Our position should basically be give is what we want in a hurry or we will do everything we can to impede chicagos chances to get the games

Anonymous said...

this job blows, i wish i was closer to retirement

Anonymous said...

The following 15 Police Comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country.

#15 "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while."

# 14 "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."

#13 "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."

#12 "Can you run faster than 1,200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you."

#11 "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?"

#10 "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?"

#9 "Warning! You want a warning? O. K., I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."

#8 "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"

#7 "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs, and step in monkey poop."

#6 "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."

#5 "In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC."

#4 "How big were those 'Just two beers' you say you had?"

#3 "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can."

#2 "I'm glad to hear that Chief (of Police) Hawker is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail."


#1 "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't. Sign here."

Anonymous said...

If you want a boss that is knowledgable, tough, and a gentleman, I would hope D/S Grau is the choice.

Anonymous said...

ADS Eugene Williams has my vote. He was a very capable Commander of Narcotics, and when his career was "detoured," he ran the 015th District with dignity, never complained. He would make an all around excellent choice, and his "inner circle" would be inclusive, not devisive. He would also not blatantly look out for "friends" with no supervisory skills or college education, bumping them up into exempt positions for which they had no skill or preparation for (hello, CRONIN!) =0 Or further deplete the CPD budget by "bringing them back" from retirement to the 5th floor in a civilian capacity, where they can continue to muck things up.

Anonymous said...

when they making a sgt's class?

Anonymous said...

" No longer are the days of handing out car keys to police officers to just ride around". He wants to see activity in the DOC
Charles Williams

"Yes sir I will go out there and work hard, and make lots of arrests, and you will tell me I have done a great job, and all will be well. NOT"

As a result of all of your hard work officer, (that we sent you out there to do) you have acquired a few not sustained CR#'s my goodness you are a behavioral problem, Therefore you must not pass go, go directly down and Piss in a cup while lori O shea holds your penis. After that you will be closley monitored for a year. You will not bew able to make money as an acting FTO and you will be denied any transfer. you are a behavior problem. We are only trying to help you OHH ya this "program' is a non discipilinary program and is ment to help you.
Thank You for all of your hard work ass hole.
He He Ha HA
Charles Williams

Anonymous said...

Maher! Please, took a divsion that was actully begining to become the envy of most investigative entities around the country, to a micro managed, disfunctional, non cohesive debacle known to mankind. IF she becomes the next supe, look for knee jerk reactions to ANYTHING, and NEVER, NEVER, EVER suggest to her that she is/might be wrong about ANYTHING. Sorry RM

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
when they making a sgt's class?

Fri Mar 02, 08:45:00 AM

Heard a rumor from someone in Legal Affairs.. There will be no longer a rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain in the department in the future. The majority of supervisors will be "Supervisor II" which is equivalent in pay to the rank of sergeant. Then, “Supervisor I”.. the most senior of which will be the “Watch Commander” for the districts.

The Mayor has been working on this behind closed doors in an order to get rid of the “D-5” or current Captain pay scale. This is just another way for the City/Daley to save money.

Anonymous said...

Heard that a new class of sergeants is in the making. did anyone hear how many in the class??

Anonymous said...

The city needs to get the casinos up and running. Everyone travels to Indiana and Wisc and Iowa, Elgin and Joliet. WHY NOT IN CHICAGO WHERE WE NEED THE MONEY?? Why should every other place have it and now they are talking about a two/tier system for the pensions?? Real F%$#^*( nice!!

Anonymous said...

It will be about September before any new Sgts get to districts.

4 weeks to submit merit requests
6 weeks to pick merit
12 weeks in Det school
6 weeks in class

The View said...

I predict a new Sgts. class by the end of March. Personally, I think Cline's thinking of exposing the new Sgts. to the Det. division is good, but needs to be shortened. Do Sgts. really NEED 3 months of Det. training? Personally, I think not. And God knows the last Sgt. class failed to fill most of the holes left in the Patrol division. Heck, a lot of the stripes have left their districts of assignment already, and they haven't been on the street much more than a month....

Anonymous said...

The 3rd watch in 011 is down to f sergeants. How come? Are the sergeants being used for "better jobs" or are they bailing out because of the district or 3rd watch management?

Anonymous said...

Figure you need 30 Sgt's per Dist.
5 tack gangs
1 n/r and the rest on watch
How about all those units? and headquarters.
Were short PO's, Sgts and Det, Lt's. It seems we have plenty of GOLD stars though!


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