Good news: 11 police officers are transferring into our 19th district. Bad news: At least 14 are leaving.
That’s the bottom line after the latest round of promotions, transfers, and reassignments.
Nine of our officers transferred out, three got promoted, one went to detectives, and another was transferred this week. A total of 14 departures.
So, while politicians can claim that there has been an influx of “11 new officers,” the district is actually losing three (that we know of).
The 19th district has lost 27% of its police officers since October 2011, leading to longer response times, often minimal responses to serious crimes, and more officers working alone on shifts.