22nd district tact car fired on by offender with AK 47
left click picture to enlarge (Via SCC)
Thank God these officers are still with us. Great job job 22nd district.
What a weekend here in the Windy City. Over at CBS2Chicago.com the headline reads like this;
Bloody Weekend: At Least 21 Shot, 4 Dead
This just after the department made these stats available:
From January through March, murders decreased 1.1 percent and aggravated batteries decreased 0.8 percent, according to a release Friday from police. Criminal sexual assaults were down 13.9 percent, the release said. Robberies were up 16.3 percent in that time period. Overall crime was up 1.9 percent, though. The Harrison District on the West Side had the largest decrease compared to the same period last year, the release said, with an overall reduction in crime of 16.1 percent.
Fast forward to this evening and and look at CBS2Chicago.com
There have been 26 shootings this weekend, four of them fatal – that's seven more than this same weekend last year.
The department will be targeting gang leaders, enhancing bike and foot patrols and saturating violent zones or areas of the city with more resources.
What resources Mr. Weis?
On Friday Mr. Weis thought it prudent to gut TRU of 91 officers and 6 sergeants effective the 6th period. Despite the attitude by many readers over at SCC I take a contrary opinion to the relevance of TRU. Why? I think large departments need a large unit that can be deployed at the drop of a dime to a critical incident. For instance, an airplane rolling off a runway at Midway Airport, a bomb blowing up downtown or a commuter train derailment. Besides,deploying 25 tact teams to handle a protest march is ridiculous. Tact teams and gang teams need to stay in their district where they know the players and the game. When there isn't a critical incident then a unit like TRU can be deployed to hot spots throughout the city to saturate and be a deterrence to increased violence.
Early Friday the department announced the decline in homicides and aggravated batteries between the months of January thru March. This may have been the news that motivated Mr. Weis to decide it was time to eliminate two companies from TRU. Now if you believe that the addition of six sergeants to patrol is going to make a difference then you my friends are drinking the Federal Kool-aid. The addition of 91 officers to patrol sounds like it may make a difference but keep in mind that these officers are detailed and would be sent back to their districts. Depending on which districts they are from, at best, 5-6 patrolmen may be back to your district. Sorry but that isn't the solution to our manpower needs. The problem is the lack of hiring and the attrition rate, plain and simple.
This is just my opinion but I think the Former SAC is in way over his head and if he thinks gutting TRU is a great idea then beware.
By the way Mr. Weis, January thru March was cold and miserable and there is a call for a long hot summer.
Would love to hear from sergeants in patrol and from TRU.
Comments about hair gel and 2 year wonders may not be published. Lets take a few things a little more serious.
UPDATE: The final weekend count From CBS2Chicago.com
In all, at least 37 people were shot, two were stabbed and at least seven people are dead.