Just a quick hit on this beautiful Tuesday morning.
I was reading SecondCityCop's blog and saw this anonymous post. The officer's comments about morale within the rank & file hits the nail on the head.
Name the last thing the city did to try and boost the morale of its officers. The powers that be started "Operation Just Cause". [While] we, as police officers, are treated like these dogs on the street.
We have to worry about all these idiots out there, then come into the station and worry about an inspector or a boss trying to screw us. When something hits the news or a PO makes a mistake, "Operation Just Cause" is initiated on the rest of us.
Find legal parking going to jobs! Come in at 15 after the hour! Cameras in the car cause you can't tell Reverend Meeks to get back in the f.... car! (which anyone of us would of [done] including these asshole bosses), don't chase anybody in a vehicle! I can see it now....PO gets into a foot chase..bad guy knocks over some citizen.."BALANCE TEST" TO CONTINUE FOOT CHASES! That's why [I now] understand why people on this job don't want to do shit!!
He or she is completely correct. My biggest issue with the Chicago Police department is that their policies are completely reactive - never proactive. We aren't being run by police officers; we're being run by accountants and lawyers.
Whenever an officer uses deadly force, the press automatically assumes that it wasn't warranted. When some shitheads were running a robbery team downtown and the police chased them in a vehicle pursuit (because the criminals decided to drive away in order to defeat the arrest) and a woman was killed when the shitheads jumped a curb (because the criminals decided to drive fast and dangerously in order to defeat the arrest) then all of a sudden it was "the fault of the police" for the death of an innocent civilian. Therefore they changed our chase / pursuit policy which virtually ceased all vehicle chases because the directive was so prohibitive.
There is no way this is going to change because our brass won't confront the politicians and stand firm. When the aldermen send in "special attentions" or demand a street rollcall they should be told that we'll get around to it when our schedule allows it. When Reverend Meeks acted in his typical outrage and vitriol our Superintendent should have never met with him, at the very least. There should have been an arrest, not a meeting.