As Mayor, Safety will always be my first concern. I will take immediate action to make sure people feel safe at home, at work, at school and on the streets of Chicago, anytime of day or night.
CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Chicago Police Department CPD) is the principal law enforcement agency of Chicago, Illinois. CPD is under the jurisdiction of the Mayor of Chicago.
Chicago Police Board: In 1960, the municipal government created a five-member police board charged with nominating a superintendent to be the chief authority over police officers, drafting and adopting rules and regulations governing the police system, submitting budget requests to the city council, and hearing and deciding disciplinary cases involving police officers.
Leadership: The Mayor appoints a superintendent from the list of three candidates provided by the Police Board. That appointee must be approved by the city council. The appointed Superintendent oversees six Bureaus.
CPD Bureaus: Bureau of Patrol: Bureau of Detectives: Bureau of Organized Crime: Bureau of Internal Affairs: Bureau of Administration; and the Bureau of Organizational Development.
CPD Districts: There are 25 police districts, each led by a commander who oversees that district and reports to area deputy chiefs.
CPD Personnel: CPD has approximately 12,300 sworn officers and over 1,925 civilian employees.
CPD Budget: $1,371,511,049.00 FY 2014
Situation: Under Rahm Emanuel, the City of Chicago has become one of the violent places in the world. To date, the Chicago Police Department has reported over 248 murders. Many other probable murders are classified as “under investigations.” The number of violent crimes is steadily increasing. Meanwhile, the number of violent offender arrests are down. Chicago police officer morale is at an all time low. People are in fear of their lives.
Walls For Mayor Solution: To immediately reduce the number of violent crimes, I would declare a State of Emergency. I would institute a series of specific actions to quickly alleviate the root causes of increased crime and violence, and thereby reduce the unacceptable level of danger.
State of Emergency: Pursuant to that meaningful declaration, as Mayor I would direct the Superintendent of Police to conduct high visibility Outdoor Roll Calls in and around high crime areas: Conduct Outdoor Police Academy Recruit Training sessions in and around high crime areas: Stop all police Parking Ticket writing activities: Limit Police Traffic Court appearances to those involving personal injury, auto damage, DUI, drugs or weapons: Station police cars near parks, schools and libraries until they are dispatched to respond to calls, upon completion of that call, they will return to their assigned spot; Replace the vast majority of sworn officers presently assigned to office and desk duty with civilians and reassign those officers to street beat patrol.
Police Board Policy Adjustments: I would direct the Police Board to adjust Chicago Police Department policies in an effort to reduce the number of disorderly and domestic disturbance arrests by thirty-three percent (33%). In regards to the handling of low level Domestic Disturbances, Chicago Police officers should be further trained to distinguish between benign domestic disagreements and hostile confrontations. When police respond to a benign domestic disturbance call, they should immediately separate adversarial parties, deescalate the situation and take the necessary steps to ensure each of the parties go their separate way. These steps would require no more time that that which is required to transport and process a person arrested for these relatively minor infractions. When an arrest results from a hostile Domestic Disturbance call, even if the victim later refuses to assist in the prosecution, both parties will be offered an opportunity to participate in counseling.
CPD Policies, Equipment and Training: We will institute a complete review of all Police Department policies, practices, and procedures; make certain our department has state of the art equipment; Ensure that our training is compliant with all state and federally mandated norms.
Police officers will be outfitted with Body Cams which will be synchronized with Dashboard cams. To reduce police overtime, Police Department clerks will review footage and document police encounters and arrests. The involved officer(s) will sign off on the clerk generated police reports, or request an amendment.
Deployment: We must better deploy our police manpower. There are times when additional patrol officers are needed to support officers in nearby high crime districts. Therefore, I favor the implementation of flex police districts. Police officers assigned to patrol low crime beats will be authorized to patrol and offer assistance in neighboring beats.
Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS): CAPS was started in 1993 as a pilot program in five diverse neighborhoods. A year later, the Chicago Police Department implemented CAPS all across Chicago. The goal of CAPS was to blend traditional policing strategies with alternative strategies aimed at encouraging community members and police to work together to reduce the occurrence of crimes. It was implemented after a realisation that between the 1960s and 1990s, the community and police were becoming increasingly isolated from one another throughout the country and in Chicago.
This alternative method was designed to isolate the community and the police less than traditional methods. CAPS emphasized the need for increased lines of communication between the community and the police, so that together they could come up with solutions for chronic neighborhood problems. Their motto was “Together We Can” which promoted the cooperation of police, community and city services in fighting crime.
The role of the CAPS Program will be further diminished under my administration. We will completely eliminate the CAPS program by the end of 2017.
CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) provides fire suppression and emergency medical services to the city of Chicago under the jurisdiction of the Mayor. In addition, the Chicago Fire Department handles Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat.) and Air Sea Rescue.
Leadership: The Mayor appoints a Chicago Fire Department Fire Commissioner, who must be approved by the Chicago City Council. The First Deputy Commissioner oversees the department’s four bureaus.
CFD Bureaus: Operations, Fire Prevention, Administrative Services & Logistics.
CFD Budget: $578,003,265.00 FY 2014
Workload: The Chicago Fire Department receives over 500,000 emergency calls annually.
CPD Personnel: 4,500 Sworn Firefighters and Paramedics
CFD Equipment and Assets:
- 98 fire stations
- 96 Engine Companies
- 50 Truck Companies (T2, T3, T4, T6, T7, T8, T9, T11, T12, T13, T15, T16, T17, T18, T19, T20, T22, T24, T25, T26, T27, T28, T29, T30, T31, T32, T33, T35, T36, T38, T40, T41, T42, T44, T45, T47, T48, T49, T50, T51, T52, T53, T55, T56, T57, T58, T59, T60, T61, T62)
- 10 Tower Ladders (TL5, TL10, TL14, TL21, TL23, TL34, TL37, TL39, TL54, TL63)
- 1 Aerial Tower (AT1)
- 4 Squads (SQ1, SQ2, SQ5, SQ7)
- 1 Fireboat (Engine 2)
- 1 Reserve Fireboat (Engine 58)
Diversity: We will take the necessary steps to make certain the CFD is more properly reflective of the entire city. I am in favor of the proposed city ordinance which would give preferred status to applicants who are graduates of Chicago Public Schools, Black, White, Latino and Asian; alike.
Rationale: As a result of their advanced training and experience, Firefighters and Paramedics provide a measure of safety and security in the neighborhoods in which they live. Able residents of every neighborhood of the City of Chicago should have an equal opportunity to be trained and to serve as a member of this elite body.