WBEZ | Police Superintendent Jody Weis http://www.wbez.org/tags/police-superintendent-jody-weis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Newark's Garry McCarthy named Chicago's new police superintendent http://www.wbez.org/story/newarks-garry-mccarthy-named-chicagos-new-police-superintendent-85943 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-02/AP070824028180_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As expected, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel completed his long-awaited search for a new Chicago Police Superintendent Monday by naming Garry McCarthy to the post.&nbsp;</p><p>Since 2006, McCarthy has led the police department in Newark, NJ, and before that he served as Deputy Commissioner of Operations for New York City's police department.</p><p>McCarthy replaces Jody Weis, who left the superintendent's job when his contract ended earlier this year. Former Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard was tapped to fill out the remaining weeks of his contract.</p><p>Under Weis, the department suffered from morale problems as many rank-and-file officers considered him an outsider.&nbsp; Weis came to the job after working at the FBI.</p><p>At a news conference on Monday,&nbsp; Emanuel pointed out that despite his lack of experience in Chicago, McCarthy is a second generation law enforcement official who began as a patrol officer and understands the challenges and needs of urban police departments.&nbsp; "He knows how to run a large police force," Emanuel said.</p><p>But he also cited McCarthy's efforts in other cities as a key reason behind his selection.&nbsp; "Garry's experience and reputation will bring new ideas and energy to our police department," Emanuel said.</p><p>As Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the NYPD, McCarthy was responsible for orchestrating and determining policing strategies for the entire department.&nbsp; In 2006, Newark Mayor Cory Booker tapped him to take over as that city's police chief.</p><p>Emanuel praised McCarthy for his efforts to reduce both Newark's murder rate and its civilian complaints.&nbsp; In 2008, Newark led the nation in murder reduction and in April of last year, Newark experienced it's first murder-free month since 1966.</p><p>But budget cuts forced Newark to lay off 167 police last year, and <a href="http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/04/newark_homicides_up_64_percent.html">so far in 2011, the city's murder rate is 71 percent above its year-ago levels</a>.</p><p>Among the first steps McCarthy plans to take as head of the CPD will be to restore the position of First Deputy Superintendent, a position eliminated under Weis' term.&nbsp; Emanuel promised that he and McCarthy would move quickly to implement such a move.</p><p>In addition to McCarthy's appointment, Emanuel also stated that Richard Hoff will stay on as commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department.&nbsp; As he visited more than 40 fire stations across the city, Emanuel said firefighters everywhere asked him whether he'd keep Hoff in the role.&nbsp; "This was an easy choice," Emanuel remarked.</p><p>Emanuel will be taking over for retiring Mayor Richard Daley on May 16.</p></p> Mon, 02 May 2011 17:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/newarks-garry-mccarthy-named-chicagos-new-police-superintendent-85943 Moseley Braun wants new police superintendent http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/moseley-braun-wants-new-police-superintendent <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6661.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Carol Moseley Braun said if she's elected mayor, she would hire a new superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. The former U.S. Senator said the current superintendent, Jody Weis, isn't a good fit for the job.</p><p>&quot;I think the fact that the superintendent, again, is not from here, doesn't understand this city, having to learn it - get a guidebook out,&quot; she said. &quot;You need to get somebody who knows Chicago to run the Chicago Police Department.&quot;</p><p>Weis came from Philadelphia to become the top cop in 2008 after a series of scandals involving police officers. The police union has held marches against Weis protesting his leadership.</p><p>Moseley Braun said a current rank-and-file officer would be better suited to run the department.</p></p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/moseley-braun-wants-new-police-superintendent Weis: New mayor to decide number of new police hires http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police-department/weis-new-mayor-decide-number-new-police-hires <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Mark Susina Police.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said it will be up to the new mayor to decide how many hires the department will make next year. According to Weis, the police department currently has 1,100 vacancies.</p><p>Weis says he doubts new hiring will keep pace with the roughly 450 officers who leave the force each year.</p><p>&ldquo;There's not going to be this big influx of officers coming in anytime soon, but we still have an obligation to serve and protect the residents of this city,&rdquo; Weis said. &ldquo;That's why we're always looking for strategies in which we can do more with less.&rdquo;</p><p>One of those strategies is called predictive analytics&mdash;a method of using data to predict where crime might take place. Weis said he hopes to stay on as superintendent after his contract is up in March.</p></p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police-department/weis-new-mayor-decide-number-new-police-hires Daley, Weis: No early release for gun criminals http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/daley-weis-want-deny-early-release-programs-gun-criminals <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6269.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's mayor and top cop are calling for a change to the way some prisoners are released early in Illinois. That comes after a 19-year-old parolee was arrested for killing a Chicago police technician and a housing authority officer.</p><p>Mayor Richard Daley says anyone serving jail time for committing a gun crime should not qualify for early release programs. &quot;The use of a gun is very serious in a crime and society has to take that much more serious,&quot;&nbsp;he said.</p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis agrees. &quot;I think if you use a weapon, it should be a mandatory sentence,&quot;&nbsp;Weis said. &quot;It's insane that people are getting out early after they've tried to kill someone.&quot;</p><p>Daley and Weis were reacting to the recent arrest of Timothy Herring Jr. He was out on parole after serving half of a six-year prison sentence for armed robbery. Herring was denied bond by a Cook&nbsp;County judge Tuesday</p><p>Meantime, the head of the John Howard Association, a prison reform group, said excluding gun offenders from early release programs will further overcrowd Illinois' prisons.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/daley-weis-want-deny-early-release-programs-gun-criminals