October 20, 2009

Bloody Chicago

This morning, with the image of a honor student Derrion Albert being beaten to death by a Chicago mob still fresh in out minds, we discover that Chicago's police have all but stopped hiring new officers to fill almost 600 vacant positions:

To save $10 million, Daley's 2009 budget slowed police hiring to a crawl -- with only 200 officers expected to be hired all year.

But, as city revenues plummeted, City Hall opted not to maintain even that snail's pace. Only one class of 46 officers entered the police academy this year.

As of Oct. 9, the Chicago Police Department was 591 officers short of its authorized strength of 13,500 -- and that's not counting hundreds of other officers on duty- and non-duty disability.

As citizens are barred from defending themselves by restrictive gun control, expect the decline in the number of officers to be taken advantage of by criminals.

Things will get worse in Chicago before they get better, and the citizens will have no one to blame but themselves for becoming willing victims.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 20, 2009 09:34 AM

..But the economy is so bad in Chitown, even the gangs have cut back on recruiting.

Posted by: Dave D. at October 20, 2009 09:49 AM

Daley's Chicago? Pretty much SS/DD. That's the way it has ALWAYS been. That's the way it will ALWAYS be. Even the Taj Mahal has a toilet; Chicago happens to be ours.

I suspect the International Olympic Committee just breathed a huge sigh of relief!

Posted by: Dell at October 20, 2009 10:39 AM

This seems to be typical of most Democratic administrations. The first budgets to be cut are always Police, Fire and Hospitals to put the pressure on the people to accept tax increases. You'll never see them cut appointed positions. Those are worth political power.

Posted by: PeterT at October 20, 2009 11:21 AM

Reports such as this, coming as they do on the heels of Dear Leader's failed attempt at getting Chicago selected for the Olympics, begs the question: Was Obama's personal effort a last ditch "all in" gamble to try and save Chicago from going bankrupt? My guess is that it was...and it failed miserably. Chicago wasn't even seriously considered. Out on the first ballot.

After all, a city that's so broke they can't even hire police officers isn't in any position to spend billions constructing the various venues for Olympic competition!

Californicate and Illinois are right on the verge of declaring statewide bankruptcy and Dear Leader is telling y'all that the "crisis is over".

The financial crisis, dear friends, is just beginning.

Posted by: Dell at October 20, 2009 11:22 AM

Well I am tired of paying all taxes. and high taxes to support a bloated police department falls within that range. Pensions so good socialists dream of them. That is the modern police force, and trying to get disability for hypertension due to eating too many donuts. Get rid of police pensions, give them a 401-k like the rest of us, and i will change my opinion. But right now, about 50% of the officers I meet are useless.

Posted by: dukester at October 20, 2009 03:57 PM