Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chicago Criminal attorney comments on crime stats, police protests, and puzzles

This Chicago Criminal attorney has posted here and here about the decrease in crime.  She’s also posted here about Chicago Police Officers staging protests.

Can you figure out what has her puzzled in this piece on the latest Chicago Police Officers' protest?

Hundreds of officers marched in front of the Chicago police headquarters this morning, calling on Supt. Jody Weis to step down and carrying signs that read, "More police No Weis."

The march, which lasted about an hour, comes amid growing rancor between Weis and the union representing rank-and-file officers. Chief among the union's complaints is how manpower in Chicago's 25 police districts has suffered from officers being detailed to other assignments.

In the last several years, I've seen a big decline in morale and also a decline in manpower," he said. "And both of those things are directly related to the safety of the police officers on the street and the safety of the citizens of the neighborhood.

"The trend is moving more towards technology and away from the boots on the ground type strategy. We don't even have enough people to observe the technology that we're using."

 Did you figure it out yet?  Yep!  If crime is down why are more police officers necessary?  Like so many other industries, technology makes people more efficient and then you need fewer people to do the job, right?

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