WBEZ | police department http://www.wbez.org/tags/police-department Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Ex-LA and NYC top cop William Bratton on Chicago policing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/ex-la-and-nyc-top-cop-william-bratton-chicago-policing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/police protest_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A recent analysis by the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago-Sun Times</a> found that the south and west sides get more 911 and backup calls than other parts of the city.</p><p>It&rsquo;s that violence that&rsquo;s got <a href="https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/About%20CPD/Bureaus/Superintendent%27s%20Office" target="_blank">Police Superintendent Jody Weis</a> thinking about reallocating officers to areas with more calls. This strategy follows a &ldquo;broken windows&rdquo; approach to crime which posits taking care of the small stuff in order to avoid bigger crimes.</p><p>But many Chicago residents think neighborhood crime is already out of control and that the solution is simple: more police officers. Other suggestions on how to manage our thin blue line include using TIF funds to hire more cops or bringing in the <a href="http://www.nationalguard.com/" target="_blank">National Guard</a>. Will any of these solve Chicago&rsquo;s crippling crime? To find out, Eight Forty-Eight turned to a man who is familiar with re-thinking policing strategies across a number of cities.</p><p><a href="http://www.lapdonline.org/lapd_command_staff/comm_bio_view/7574" target="_blank">William Bratton</a> is former head of police to both the <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/home/home.shtml" target="_blank">NYPD </a>and <a href="http://www.lapdonline.org/" target="_blank">LAPD</a>. He is currently chairman of <a href="http://www.kroll.com/" target="_blank">Kroll</a>, where he advises law enforcement agencies around the world.</p><p><em>Music Button:Bluey, &quot;Just One More&quot;, from the CD Waveform Transmissions Vol. 3, (Waveform Records) </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/ex-la-and-nyc-top-cop-william-bratton-chicago-policing Union president blasts Weis http://www.wbez.org/story/abuse/union-president-blasts-weis <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-20/donahue.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated At: 5:30 on 10/20/2010</em></p><p>The president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Wednesday lashed out at Police Superintendent Jody Weis for his handling of an alleged case of police brutality.<br /><br />Mark Donahue is the police union's president. He said Weis' Friday night press conference was held in haste and that Weis didn't conduct a proper investigation.<br /><br />Two of seven officers stripped of police powers have now been reinstated. Donahue said GPS records prove they weren't present when a suspect was allegedly beaten. <br /><br />&quot;At least two officers, and potentially all seven department members, have had their careers damaged by the superintendent's lapse of sound judgement,&quot; Donahue said. &quot;He didn't even have the common decency to apologize to, or even recognize, that these two officers have been cleared in his latest television appearance just this morning.&quot;</p><p>The names of the officers have not been released publicly. But Donahue said their reputations have been damaged within the department.<br /><br />He also said the Fraternal Order of Police is considering legal action &quot;against this superintendent on behalf of these two police officers whose good names and reputations have been tarnished by his incompetence.&quot;</p><p>Few details have been released about the incident in question. But on Tuesday, Mayor Richard Daley told reporters that &quot;a young person was handcuffed and several police officers watched it, and someone went over and punched him in the jaw. The superintendent immediately suspended him.&quot;</p><p>The Chicago Police Department today released a statement confirming that two officers have been cleared in the incident and that they're not part of the investigation. The department says it is &quot;committed to cooperating fully with all (Independent Police Review Authority) investigations. It is important to note that relief of powers does not consititute discipline.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/abuse/union-president-blasts-weis