In Order To Create a Safer Community We Must…
It has been well documented that the City of Chicago has a shortage of police officers. The 16th District and the 17th District that make up the 45th Ward have both seen an influx of gang members and a reduction in police personnel over the years. Criminal street gangs have successfully established footholds in stable neighborhoods and local parks, while John Arena has made a mediocre attempt at best to increase police resources city wide and almost no attempt at all to increase resources in the districts that make up the 45th Ward.
Portage Park is on the front line of this battle, and we need all the resources we can get to keep this and other ward neighborhoods safe. I know and understand how the Chicago Police Department works. As alderman, I will demand that our community is provided with the necessary police manpower and equipment to combat these violent gangs and keep our streets safe.
Lateral Transfer Plan
We need more officers on the street as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the current hiring process would not allow new officers to hit the streets anytime soon. In order to expedite the hiring process and bring experienced officers into the Chicago Police Department, I propose that we begin hiring experienced officers from other municipal police departments. Under this “lateral transfer” plan, officers with at least two (2) years of sworn law enforcement experience who pass a review process would immediately be hired as probationary police officers. They would then be placed into an accelerated academy class to familiarize them with Chicago specific ordinances and police procedures. Thus, by reducing the redundant training of an already certified Illinois Peace Officer, we could have experienced officers on the street in 1/6 the time that it takes to train a new officer.
Demand Red Light Camera Reform
Red light cameras are just another way for the city to generate revenue under the guise of public safety. A study by the University of Illinois Chicago concluded that Red Light Cameras in Chicago actually increased accidents by 5%. Instead of properly managing our resources, our city council continues to find ways to balance the budget on the backs of taxpayers. Once elected, I will work to have all red light cameras removed from the 45th Ward.