Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

Police department gives a grant

March 6, 2018

This article reports the Naperville (IL) PD giving a $36,000 grant from drug seizure funds to a local non-profit that provides counseling and prevention services to homeless youth. “This opportunity aligns directly with our department’s mission and values and allows us to provide much-needed funding to an organization that is working toward the common goal of preventing substance abuse,” according to the chief.


Getting oversight right

January 24, 2018

This article discusses the pros and cons of various alternatives for achieving police accountability, such as civilian review, police auditors, and special commissions. The public tends to want an independent process but the oversight systems don’t always succeed and they risk diluting the chief or sheriff’s responsibility for discipline. Chicago is cited as one place currently trying several options at once.

Police shootings in suburban Chicago

January 20, 2018

This site provides information about 113 police shootings in the suburban Chicago area since 2005, including data, articles, and radio stories. According to an analysis of available records, no discipline resulted from any of the incidents, and few were reviewed for policy or training violations. This column faults the local news media for focusing only on problems in the City of Chicago, and calls the situation a “massive failure of government.”

Accountability & oversight

December 28, 2017

This article reviews the spotty record of civilian oversight bodies. Many experts agree that empowering police executives to administer discipline is the key to controlling misconduct, whereas civilian review mechanisms sometimes usurp that authority and “let the chief off the hook.” On the flip side, though, reformers tend not to trust police to discipline themselves and therefore demand some kind of external process.

Dispute over new police academy in Chicago

December 17, 2017

This article reports an ongoing debate in Chicago over plans to build a new $95 million police training academy. An earlier DOJ review documented substandard facilities, outdated curricula, and failure to provide annual training. Activists, though, argue an expensive new academy is not the best response to the city’s police problems. In addition, it’s not clear where the cash-strapped city will find the $95 million.

Code of silence in Chicago

December 11, 2017

According to this article, Chicago city lawyers abruptly and surprisingly settled a “code of silence” lawsuit just before the case was going to the jury. The civil action against the city claimed that the police department had repeatedly covered up a sergeant’s misconduct, including bar fights and intoxicated driving. During the trial, additional disciplinary documents surfaced that had been withheld. The sergeant’s career ended in 2009 in a drunk driving crash causing two deaths.

Swedes find amazing COP in Elgin

November 4, 2017

This article reports a Swedish delegation’s visit to Elgin, Illinois to study community policing. The agency credits its resident officer program, its neighborhood officer program, “its school resource officers, its summer programs and gang interventions in the schools, and its social worker and senior liaison programs” for a 60% crime drop since 1991. The delegation’s leader said of the visit, “This wasn’t great. This was amazing.”

CAPS rebound in Chicago?

November 4, 2017

Beginning in 1993, Chicago implemented a major community policing initiative — CAPS, the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. An exhaustive 10-year evaluation reported beat meeting attendance at over a half-million residents, increases in public trust, and decreases in crime, disorder, and fear of crime. Starting in the mid-2000s, however, the city reduced CAPS funding in favor of other priorities. This article reports a proposed budget increase for community policing in FY 2018, possibly signaling a shift back toward the once-successful CAPS approach.

Crime guns in Chicago

October 31, 2017

This report analyzes Chicago crime gun trace information for the period 2013-2016. Per capita, Chicago PD recovers 6 times more guns than NYPD and 65% more than LAPD. Tracing indicates that about 40% were purchased in Illinois (mainly in suburban Cook County), 20% in Indiana, and the remaining 40% in other states. Adult suspects accounted for 87% of crime guns and 90% of seized firearms were handguns.

More on proprietary big data systems

August 12, 2017

This article reports the experiences of several law enforcement agencies with Palantir’s data analysis systems. The company’s hardware and software systems, originally developed for intelligence agencies, help with integration and visualization of data stored in multiple “silos.” LAPD was able to cut the time required to produce Chronic Offender Bulletins from an hour to 3-5 minutes, which helped reduce violent crime in one target district by 15%. The systems are very expensive, however, and some users complain about hard-to-use software, costly upgrades, poor technical support, incompatibility with non-Palantir systems used by other agencies, and generally being at the mercy of the company once its products have been purchased and installed.