No, we didn't apply there and get turned down - we have zero desire to work there. No, our ex doesn't work there. No, we don't golf the outing.
We're genuinely trying to help Rahm streamline operations and save money that we are going to need one day in our pensions.
- Why not arm the Aviation Police and move CPD out of the airports?
You'd gain some dozens of coppers, over one hundred. Dozens of supervisors, too. You could eliminate an entire command structure. Aviation police are already sworn officers, they are eligible for gobs of federal money, they have enough toys to do the job, they know the territory - they just can't be armed on airport property for some unknown reason, even though they can carry anywhere else in the State. Which essentially makes them targets without guns at the place they're supposed to be working.
And while you're looking at this proposal, look at this one, too:
- CPD out of the high schools.
CPS has hundreds of security officers on staff. They work school hours, school events, school games. The schools even have a "mobile citywide force" to go to problem schools when trouble is expected, which puts them one up on the Police Department. Most are already off-duty coppers/sheriffs earning Social Security credits.
And they are supplemented by one or two CPD officers per high school - for what exactly? The schools aren't looking to start their students down their life paths with criminal records. Most offenses are disciplinary in nature and the schools would rather have "in-house suspensions" than jail a kid. So get the cops out and you'll suddenly see another hundred cops on the streets....at least on paper.
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