WBEZ | Chicago police superintendent http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-police-superintendent Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Feds launch investigation of NJ police department headed by new Chicago police superintendent http://www.wbez.org/story/feds-launch-investigation-nj-police-department-headed-new-chicago-police-superintendent-86259 <p><p>Federal authorities are investigating the&nbsp;police department of New Jersey's largest city, months after the&nbsp;state American Civil Liberties Union complained of rampant misconduct and lax internal oversight. Last week, Newark police chief Garry McCarthy was chosen by Rahm Emanuel to be Chicago's police superintendent.</p><p>The Department of Justice announced Monday that they have opened&nbsp;an investigation of the Newark Police Department.</p><p>U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says the probe will look into&nbsp;allegations of excessive force, discriminatory policing and poor&nbsp;treatment of detainees in holding cells. They will also investigate&nbsp;whether officers retaliate against those who legally observe, or&nbsp;record, police activity.</p><p>The assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division&nbsp;says the department did a preliminary investigation before deciding&nbsp;to launch a formal probe.</p><p>In a 96-page filing to the Department of Justice in September,&nbsp;the ACLU called for federal oversight of the city's 1,300-officer&nbsp;department.</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 16:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/feds-launch-investigation-nj-police-department-headed-new-chicago-police-superintendent-86259 A closer look at new CPD chief Garry McCarthy's policing experience http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-03/closer-look-new-cpd-chief-garry-mccarthys-policing-experience-85997 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-03/Garry McCarthy AP Paul Beaty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Monday, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel named his choice to lead the Chicago Police Department. <a href="http://www.newarkpd.org/mccarthybio.htm" target="_blank">Garry McCarthy</a> comes with big city policing experience. Before he led Newark, New Jersey’s, police force, McCarthy helped bring down crime in New York City. He was also on the scene in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.<br> <br> How will those experiences help McCarthy navigate Chicago crime and politics? For answers, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist Frank Main. He reports on crime for the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: James Farm, "1981", from the CD James Farm, (Nonesuch)</em></p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-03/closer-look-new-cpd-chief-garry-mccarthys-policing-experience-85997 Emanuel taps Newark's Garry McCarthy to be new Chicago Police Superintendent http://www.wbez.org/story//emanuel-taps-newarks-garry-mccarthy-be-new-chicago-police-superintendent-85933 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-02/AP070824028180.jpg" alt="" /><p>As expected, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel completed his long search for a new Chicago Police Superintendent by naming Garry McCarthy to the post on Monday. Since 2006, McCarthy has led the police department in Newark, NJ, and before that he served as Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the New York City police department. 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. Under Weis, the department suffered from morale problems as many rank-and-file officers considered him an outsider. Weis came to the job after working at the FBI. At a news conference on Monday, 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. "He knows how to run a large police force," Emanuel said. But he also cited McCarthy's efforts in other cities as a key reason behind his selection. "Garry's experience and reputation will bring new ideas and energy to our police department," Emanuel said. As Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the NYPD, McCarthy was responsible for orchestrating and determining policing strategies for the entire department. In 2006, Newark Mayor Cory Booker tapped him to take over as that city's police chief. Emanuel praised McCarthy for his efforts to reduce both Newark's murder rate and its civilian complaints. In 2008, Newark led the nation in murder reduction and in April of last year, Newark experienced its first murder-free month since 1966. But budget cuts forced Newark to lay off 167 police last year, and so far in 2011, the city's murder rate is 71 percent above its year-ago levels. Among the first steps McCarthy will take as police superintendent will be to restore the position of First Deputy Superintendent, a position eliminated under Weis' term. Emanuel promised that he and McCarthy would move quickly to implement such a position. In addition to McCarthy's appointment, Emanuel also stated that Richard Hoff will stay on as commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department. 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. "This was an easy choice," Emanuel remarked. Emanuel will be taking over for retiring Mayor Richard Daley on May 16. </p> Mon, 02 May 2011 11:23:43 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story//emanuel-taps-newarks-garry-mccarthy-be-new-chicago-police-superintendent-85933 Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-police-superintendent-jody-weis-his-future-cpd <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/jody weiss kate gardiner_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&rsquo;s a turning point in the tenure of <a href="https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/About%20CPD/Bureaus/WeisBio.pdf" target="_blank">Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis</a>. His contract expires on March 1. That comes just a week after Chicago&rsquo;s mayoral election. That&rsquo;s important, of course, because the Superintendent serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.</p><p>So, what does the future hold for the former FBI agent? And what about the citizens that he&rsquo;s ordered to serve and protect?</p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis joined &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; Alison Cuddy to explain.</p></p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-police-superintendent-jody-weis-his-future-cpd