Friday, March 30, 2012
From the FOP 7 Chicago Update Website
Restrictions on Use of Elective Time
At a recent March CompStat meeting, a District Commander was called on the carpet for allowing sixty percent of his available manpower to be off for the day. Apparently, members who were RDO (always 33% on every watch), members who were on furlough, members who were IOD, and members who were sick or injured were included in those statistics. Any Police Officer realizes the District Commander has absolutely no control over any of these these numbers.
What does the District Commander have control over? Elective time off.
The Lodge has been informed by members of several districts that restrictions are now being placed on the use of elective time off as a result of the CompStat meeting. Several of these Districts have now established an arbitrary number for the amount of Officers that will be allowed to use elective time on any given day.
Any Officer who is denied the use of compensatory time due to the implementation of this arbitrary practice should contact the Lodge. A grievance will be filed by the Lodge on behalf of the members of the affected District if necessary.
Detective Division Rumors
The Lodge has made an inquiry with Chief Tom Byrne regarding rumors surrounding the assignment of Area Property Crimes Detectives which will begin Sunday, March 31, 2012
Detectives will not be reporting to District Commanders. Detectives will continue to work for the Detective Area bosses. It will be up to the Area Commanders and Area Sergeants if property crimes detectives will report for roll-calls at the Areas or at Districts. (For example, detectives assigned to "Area South Property Crimes" and who are responsible for 007th District property crimes, will be allowed to report directly to the 007th district, rather than to travel to the Area facilities at 111th Street, at the discretion of the Detective Area boss.)
Logistical issues regarding department radios and vehicles will be left to the Detective Area bosses. At this time, every detective should have a locker in their Area of assignment.
Rumors have also suggested that property crime detectives will be working in uniform and/or working beat cars in districts; "this rumor is absolutely not true".