44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney’s latest email newsletter includes this piece of positivity:
While I understand the need to utilize police overtime programs to manage city costs, it is a short-term solution to public safety. We need to focus on the bigger picture and not just keep up with attrition. It is imperative to add more full-time officers to the Chicago Police Department in order to have the necessary resources our city needs to provide an adequate long-term public safety plan. I am committed to ensuring that Commander Voulgaris has the resources he needs to make Lakeview a safe place to live and visit.
Right on. While we aren’t particularly optimistic about the chances of passage, it is good to hear the Alderman stake out some territory.
The alderman’s statement above is in connection with an aldermanic proposal to add 500 police officers to the force next year rather than spend money on overtime. Tunney supports the proposal, which will come up for a vote early next week.
The 19th district CAPS office will host two business safety seminars on Monday. The presentations will focus on robbery and theft prevention.
The first session will run from 11AM to noon and the second will go from 2PM to 3PM.
Both sessions will be held in the 19th district police station, 850 W. Addison.
Email the 19th district CAPS office for more info.