Members who volunteered to work the Anti-Violence Overtime Initiative in June have not received their scheduled payment as of 4:45 pm today and the Department has not made any attempt to tell them why. Several members took it upon themselves to contact the Chicago Police Department Finance Division to inquire as to why they did not receive their pay. The Finance Division advised these members to contact the Lodge rather than offer an explanation.
After several inquiries to the Finance Division, the Lodge was advised that although today was the target date for payment, a problem with a payroll program resulted in the non-payment. The next payment target date is August 1, 2012.
While the Lodge and most of the affected members understand that computer problems can and do occur, we believe that our members deserve at the very least the common courtesy of an explanation by the Department that they serve.
The Finance Division had to be aware of this problem early in the day, yet there was not any action taken to explain the situation to any of the hundreds of Officers who protected the citizens of the City of Chicago during what would have been their normal days off. Another thanks for a job well done!