Chicago Has Surrendered Its Police Department


Chicago Has Surrendered Its Police Department

Many years ago I learned a very valuable lesson during a management course: police officers will accept disciplinary actions in the form of punishment for violations of a department rule if it is dispensed in a fair and equitable fashion.

This concept has become foreign to the leadership in many police departments across the nation, particularly Chicago. The newly agreed upon capitulation of the Chicago Police Department is politically motivated and directly steered by attempting to garner the black vote in the next mayoral election.

A civilian board to oversee the workings, hiring, and firing of police officers is a product of the anti-police sentiment that transcends common sense and understanding.

A patient doesn’t direct a surgeon during an operation; a car owner doesn’t tell a mechanic how to put brakes on his automobile. It seems natural that the police oversight groups should have law enforcement experience. Empirical knowledge and street experience should be mandatory not optional.

It is very difficult to explain tunnel vision and instant reaction to a civilian who has never experienced it. These oversight committees have weeks and months to review video and audio while leisurely sipping coffee and eating croissants.

The targeted officer usually has seconds if not less time to acknowledge, decipher, and react to the threat. Non-law enforcement and non-military cannot understand this concept of immediate reaction.

I fear that for the sake of political considerations, police departments across the land will morph into insurance report writers, hospital transports, and traffic control specialists. Police work as I know it has been forfeited and proactive policing is a thing of the past. Citizens will protect themselves and civil attorneys will prosper.

The recruits in our police academies are already being indoctrinated into believing all use of force is inappropriate. I honestly believe real police work is dead.

To all my police brothers and sisters out there, lock and load, and protect one another.

As always, stay safe.

– Larry Casey, sergeant (ret.), Chicago Police Department, Criminal Justice professor, Wilbur Wright College

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Larry Casey

Having had a grandfather and father on the Chicago Police Department made the choice of becoming a police officer relatively simple. Between the excitement of having a real profession and the prospect of following in the Casey footprint, the Chicago Police Department seemed a natural choice. I donned my recruit uniform in November 1977, at the age of twenty-five. After seventeen years of patrolman status, I was promoted to sergeant. As a supervisor I continued my learning and teaching for thirteen years of overseeing young men and women until 2008. I retired at the age of fifty-six after thirty years of a very wide variety of police work and assignments, narcotics, burglary, robbery, community policing, school security, anti-terrorist, CAPS duty, etc. In 2002 I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University, and in 2005, I earned my Masters of Science degree, also from Lewis University. After a few months of relaxation, I started my new career as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Wilbur Wright College. I have been teaching there for the last nine years. Trading thoughts about my police experience led me to write a book of my memories. I did not want to bore people with the typical police stories of shoot-em ups. And seeing I was always a proponent of humor being a policeman’s best outlet for stress and pressure, I decided it was appropriate of me, to write a very different genre of police book. My compilation of short stories is based on the humorous side of police work. Mainly I detail accounts that rarely make their way to the public’s ear. Honesty is also a base for many memories, stories that were too raw or considered too embarrassing for the everyday reader. I’m very proud to say, I teamed up with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and I send them a donation for every book I sell through Pay-Pal or at book signings. I have done book signings for charitable events, for police vests, local libraries, GOP sponsored charitable events, local community events and many others. My main goal in writing this book was to entertain and educate the public: to show that police officers are fathers, mother, sisters and brothers, etc. We’re real people with hearts and souls. We laugh and cry like everybody else. We change tires and diapers, go to ball games and wash our cars. We’re simply human.



If someone cannot perform the job they are asked to critique or oversee, they are not qualified to say anything. I challenge anyone who has never riden 8 hours in a patrol car to even think they know what the job is about.We had a Sgt. in the academy whose best description of the job was 99% boredome 1% TERROR. Compare that to your job.

Neal, that sergeant was exactly right. BOREDOM and sheer terror. That’s the ADRENALINE that we all took the job for. Thanks for the comments.

Policing from its inception has been about CONTROLLING societal personage. Therein, policital control has always dictateD policing administration.
Until the political control and unethical PERSPECTIVE of elected leadership is oustered from policing will real change occur.

Joe, the definition of SOCIETY is relinquishing personal rights for the sake of the larger group. But, our government doesn’t do that, they SACRIFICE the protectors for the votes

in our society, laid-back, reactive policing, and minimal utilization of force are the only approaches that will be tolerated. crime rate may escalate, but that is the price society may have to accept. peterjpuleo.blogspot.com

Pete, you are exac right. To PARAPHRASE you, the citizens get the police depart they want.

After 42 years in law enfoRcement, from patrolman to chief, i could not agree more with this article. As a califonia retired leo, need i say morE, since california has become a soCialist dictatorship.

Robert, I felt sorry for myself until I saw that your from California. You have my SYMPATHY. But, enjoy retirement.

I come from a family of Police officers and firemen.. My two boys have followed in the footsteps of grandfathers,uncles and aunts who also have served. I can honestly say I wish they did not. I get sick to my stomach every time they go to work, there is no sleep for any parent of a child that wears a badge today… everything you have said is correct. this sick mindset of putting people in charge of deciding the fate of an officer who has never had to do that job is pure insanity … this city has gone to hell in a hand basket thanks to that mayor.

Theresa, no intelligent person should go on any police department in a city controlled by democrats. the votes here take the place of police officers’ futures. that’s why our major cities are all shooting galleries. Good luck to your boys.

PerHaps the worst Example is the city of oakland, where their citizens voted for a citizen poliCe commission where one seat at the dias is a parolee. This all in the name of police reform. Society has allowed people to generalize (one bad apPle = all) and when that pReMise is socialized, thE masses (sheep) follow the lead… and when transparency is provIded, and STATISTICS DEMONSTRATE thE facts and not speculation, no one wants to listen.. commissions arE created because of The contempt for the police not support..if those members cant respect the job then thEy have no buSiness EVALUATING it…

Jaime, facts don’t matter. I tell my college students, leave your emotions at the door when you enter my class. Too many PEOPLE think with their hearts and not their brains. thanks for your comments.

Larry as a 25 year retiree and an adjunct instructor at several community college criminal justice courses, I always stressed that 90% of police work was “Common Sense”! As a suburban Chicago Police Officer I enjoyed 5 of my police years (1970’s) working with the CPD on a Metro Narcotics assignment that reported to Lt. Jack Hinchy CPD.
Stay Well!!!!

Imagine you’re a teacher, carpenter or doctor and you’re dedicated to your profession to the point of putting your life on the line everytime you go to work. But then someone comes along, who has no experience in your profession, to watch over you and question every single decision you make. that person, with no experience, has not only the power to fire you, but to put you in jail, take away your liberty, your future earnings and jeopardize both you and your family’s safety and well being. how many people would say “i’m ok with that?” the current mayor may not have your back, but the majority of law abiding citizens do, every day, every time. and we’re more thankful for you and your efforts than we can ever adequately express. be safe.

Ron, thanks for the kind words, but you and I both know that this experiment is going south fast. People Have to wake up and fight this type of lunAcy.

Thank you for your Service. I am a great Supporter of Law Enforcement. I have the Highest Respect for what they do. I have friends who are Retired and those currently serving on CPD and in other agencies. You and they are Heroes to Me. I can not believe our Law Enforcement Officers are dealing with the Issues they have to today. Our country has become a Political Correct Society and our Law Enforcement Agencies have been politicized. How Sad when their Leaders believe it is more important to support Politicians than the Police.

Larry – They probably wouldn’t publish it but I would suggest you send your editorial to the tribune and sun-times if you haven’t already done so. It’s the public and politicians that need to read it

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