I know most of my readers are redirects from Second City Cop but for those of you who don't, SCC is promoting an idea that came from the FOP.
SCC posted this herald to all concerned citizens - Call the mayor's office and demand more police!
The department is down, big-time. It's down almost 1,000 officers. Those working the streets are very often working alone, without a PDT (computer) and in a squad car with over 150,000 miles on it. Last year in my district, they didn't even have enough radios to give every copper!
We are asking you to contact the Mayor’s press office at 312-744-3334 and ask him to hire more police officers.
Your message should be:
You want the streets of Chicago made safer.
You want more Police Officers hired.
You want them patrolling in two-man cars.
Please Keep the same message. Be polite and patient with the people who answer your call. Thank you for your help.
And don't let them push you off with CAPS related questions. The CAPS offices have absolutely NOTHING to do with assignments or equipment.
If you want to take it to the next level, go to http://www.chicagopolice.org and click on "Community Concerns". Go in and report your concern that the police department is understaffed and underequipped. Select "Report a community concern" then click on "Is your concern related to Police performance?" and select "Let us know when our police officers do a good job."
Follow the screens, and when you get to the narrative - put this in:
It's disheartening to see that our police department is understaffed, and underequipped. While I salute and honor the service of our men and women in blue, I want to see our police officers do their job effectively and safely.
Please see that the Mayor's office hires more police, buys more equipment for them and provides them with the tools that they need.
The Mayor can find $5,000 per vehicle to install video cameras, but he can't find the money to put more police on the street.