Friday, December 12, 2008

QUESTIONS

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.
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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.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

both units are a joke. they sold their souls

Stop the presses/ Patrick said...

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Anonymous said...

Sgt. D
O.T. Information from the Family
of Sergeant Gina Dwyer-Meliska
On December 6, 2008 at approximately 10:00 AM, Chicago Police Sergeant Gina Dwyer-Meliska suffered cardiac arrest as a result of a condition known as Apical Ballooning Syndrome (ABS). Although Gina was fortunate to receive CPR moments after she collapsed, there was a loss of oxygen for approximately 1-3 minutes during this experience.

Gina has not yet regained consciousness. A balloon inserted into the left ventricle has stabilized her heart and doctors are confident that her heart will eventually recover. However, the biggest concern now is any neurological damage that may have occurred due to her loss of oxygen.

Gina and her family are devout Catholics who believe in the power of prayer. Whatever your faith, they ask that you please offer your prayers and positive thoughts to Gina, her family and her doctors during this time of need.

Apical Ballooning Syndrome was first studied in Japan and it is commonly seen in middle-aged women. It is believed that a primary cause of this condition is extreme stress. If you know Gina you know it is in her nature to work herself to the bone. In addition to working full time, raising three school-aged children and pursuing a Master's Degree, Gina always makes herself available to help her fellow officers in need. Please return the favor by offering your prayers and thoughts to her and her family.

Anonymous said...

Smoke and mirrors for the public.Total waste of time.

Anonymous said...

When they start doing paper jobs and answering domestics they will help the districts out.

Anonymous said...

more smoke and mirrors....just another clout job

Anonymous said...

I can't recall that a city wide unit has ever been created to do paper jobs in the districts that they are sent to. Why would you ever think that is their job? Do you think the Marine Unit would come do paper for the districts or how about the Mounted Unit?
If you question why MSF or TRU doesn't do paper then how about first looking closer to home like district gang and tact or area saturation or gun teams. Why the hell would someone want to go to a unit then get sent to the shittiest districts to answer domestics? Yep, I could stay where I was to do that. Now that may be your whole point but like it or not large police departments need large mobile units to deploy where needed. The department has to balance the need to answer handfuls of priority 3 jobs versus high visibility presence in order to curtail violent crime. If you don't believe it worked the stats bare it out. Prior to the change in mission during the T. Williams era (head a day) there were no agg batts or homicides in a doc that TRU was deployed to. Like it or not, that was their mission. Like it or not those were the results. As the good sarge has pointed out, the problem with manpower is not units but attrition. More people have left the department than have been hired. Plenty of reasons the districts feel the pinch and MSF and TRU are the least of them.

Anonymous said...

TRU will not be absorbed by MSF.

Anonymous said...

Everyone should also look to their fellow officers on their respective watches before looking for others. We all know the people that sit on jobs for hours at a time "doing the paper" etc. which sends other cars to handle their beat, depleting cars available for assignment; then start looking for tac to handle all the selling and holding offender and person wanted jobs that never seem to be available for because they are "on surveilence" when you see them eating for 1 1/2 hours, these few things would make the job alot more bearable for all.

Anonymous said...

The sad part is there are plenty of JPUD asskissers who are just licking their chops to get on this new unit

Anonymous said...

the sad part is there are a ton of JPUD ass kissers just waiting to work in these new units. Go out and bring in some numbers for JPUD boys and girls, forget about sticking together, just look out for yourselves, THIS IS THE NEW CPD.

Anonymous said...

TRU will not be absorbed by MSF.

Sun Dec 14, 08:29:00 PM

TRU should be absorbed up your ass you 2 year wonder.

Anonymous said...

Politics man politics!

Anonymous said...

TRU should be absorbed up your ass you 2 year wonder.

Yeah, i'm a 2yr wonder sgt, gfy

Anonymous said...

I am a civilian and do not work in the police dept. Can one of you explain what TRU is and what the MSF is? Even if they are the same, can you explain them? What is their mission? How do they work? Are officers permanently assigned to TRU and MSF, or do they only get assigned if and when a TRU or MSF unit is activated?

Anonymous said...

Is it true that the only reason for having both tru and msf--is related to the desire for TWO commander spots (one young and going up--one old and going out)

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