WBEZ | Chicago FOP http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-fop Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago police response time is down in 2012 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police-response-time-down-2012-97137 <p><p>Though the Chicago Police Department received more 911 calls in January and February of this year compared to the same time last year, the average officer response time is down in the two months, according the department.</p><p>In an emailed statement, the police department said average response time for "Priority 1" calls, emergencies requiring immediate response, was reduced from 4.01 minutes to 3.46 minutes for the two months. For low prioritoy calls, response time dropped from 6.03 minutes to 5.40 minutes.</p><p>Police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton attributed the improvements to the city's plan to move more officers from desk jobs and specialized units to street patrol beats.</p><p>But Fraternal Order of Police President Michael Shields criticized the police department's findings. He said the city's emphasis on beat patrol ties police officers to radio response and keeps them from doing as much preventative work.</p><p>"The direct result is they're racing from one 911 call to another 911 call and they don't have the time to do the police work that they used to," said Shields.</p><p>Though response times are down in the city in January and February of this year, police crime data said there were 12 more murders in those two months compared to the same time frame last year.</p><p>City crime overall was down 13 percent for the same two month period. Murder and shooting incidents were the only two categories with increases.</p></p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police-response-time-down-2012-97137 Mayor: Weis did a 'very, very good job' http://www.wbez.org/story/alex-keefe/mayor-weis-did-very-very-good-job <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/jody weiss kate gardiner_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday said the city's police superintendent abruptly resigned this week in order to pursue other job offers.<br /><br />Jody Weis' resignation Tuesday - the final day of his contract - came as a surprise to the Daley administration. The mayor had indicated as recently as this week that he wanted Weis to stay on until the end of his term, rather than go through the trouble of hunting for a new superintendent who may only serve until mid-May, when Daley leaves office.<br /><br />Daley said Weis had been considering whether to stay past his contract for the last couple of weeks.<br /><br />&quot;He was undecided whether or not he wanted to stay,&quot; Daley said. &quot;He had offers coming in, and he just saw fit to do it.&quot;<br /><br />The mayor praised Weis for lowering the city's crime rate, taking the lead in prmoting anti-gun legislation and cleaning up the Chicago Police Department after some high-profile scandals.<br /><br />&quot;He came in under that cloud,&quot; Daley said. &quot;And he did a very, very good job.&quot;<br /><br />Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, who's indicated he would replace Weis once he's in City Hall, had nothing to do with Weis' departure, Daley said. The mayor also said pressure from the police union, which has been sharply critical of Weis' policies, wasn't a factor.<br /><br />&quot;Morale is good,&quot; Daley said. &quot;You know, we're public servants. And you select the job. You don't have to stay on this job. ... There're jobs out there.&quot;<br /><br />Former superintendent Terry Hillard, who served under Daley from 1998 to 2003, is leading the department on an interim basis.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alex-keefe/mayor-weis-did-very-very-good-job