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Record #: R2021-524   
Type: Resolution Status: Introduced
Intro date: 5/26/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action:
Title: Call for subject matter hearing(s) on Chicago Police Department's Summer Mobile Patrol Unit, Community Safety Team and reallocation of officers and resources from neighborhood districts
Sponsors: Beale, Anthony
Topic: CITY DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES - Police, - COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Public Safety
Attachments: 1. R2021-524.pdf
RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A HEARING ON THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT SUMMER MOBILE PATROL UNIT, THE COMMUNITY SAFTEY TEAM, AND THE REALLOCATION OF OFFICERS AND RESOURCES FROM NEIGHBORHOOD DISTRICTS

WHEREAS, In May 2020, the Chicago Police Department created the Summer Mobile Patrol Unit to participate in community service projects and community engagement efforts, and to be deployed to crime "hot spots" across the City; in June 2020, the unit received an additional 66 officers, which boosted its ranks to more than 200 officers; and
WHEREAS, Chicago Police Department Superintendent David O. Brown stated that the specialized Citywide mobile unit was created to tackle violent crime and create community partnerships in some of Chicago's most challenging areas; and

WHEREAS, Superintendent Brown stated the mobile unit can be deployed anywhere in the City at a moment's notice, and may be called upon by district commanders throughout the City, noting that the mobile unit officers "are here to supplement local efforts to keep people safe and save lives"; and

WHEREAS, In the fall of 2020, the Chicago Police Department further stripped patrol districts of officers and limited the use of some district officers during daytime shifts in favor of a creating a "highly visible" presence downtown, which reduced the number of officers available to respond to 911 calls in some ofthe City's 22 patrol districts; and

WHEREAS, To make up for the loss of district officers due to the officers being sent downtown, the new Community Safety Team was tasked with responding to sudden flare-ups in violence in neighborhoods away from downtown and has close to 500 officers available, according to the Chicago Police Department; and

WHEREAS, The reallocation of officers to the downtown patrol, the Community Safety Team, and the Summer Mobile Patrol Unit have left a shortage of officers in some districts, raising concerns among officers that they will not be able to give timely police service to the ...

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