Chicago Police Department to launch second mobile unit
December 12, 2008
BY ANNIE SWEENEY Crime Reporter
With murders up 16 percent, Chicago Police officials today announced they are launching a second Mobile Strike Force unit to work in high-crime neighborhoods.
Mobile Strike Force starts its new company of hard chargers today. This blog takes no interest in belittling the officers of TRU or MSF. However, questions do remain.
I know supervisors in both units and I ask them why are there two units that have virtually the same mission. Nobody really has a definitive answer but one thing seems to be certain, MSF works west (areas 4 & 5) and TRU works south (areas 1 & 2).
Word out there is that TRU will eventually be absorbed into MSF.
The manpower problem isn't due to units, all large departments have them, it is the attrition rate versus hiring rate. The department has only recently admitted to manpower shortages due to attrition and a slowdown in hiring but the problem is older than they care to admit.