* Unions representing both city and state police officers want a rethink…
Police union leaders on Monday urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to modify his plan to assign 40 state troopers on 30-day loan to Chicago to serve fugitive warrants to get known criminals off the street.
Dean Angelo, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 representing Chicago Police Officers, and Mike Powell, president of the FOP’s Illinois Trooper Lodge No. 41, said it makes more sense to assign state troopers to traffic duty to free Chicago Police officers for the “real police work” chasing fugitives.
“You’re taking troopers from rural areas out of their element and thrusting them into the big city. There should always be concern about that. That’s just a matter of geography,” Powell said.
* The response…
Chicago Police spokesman Martin Maloney responded to the FOP’s concerns in a statement that makes it clear there will be no changes in the mayor’s plan. City and state police offiicals are “working closely together to ensure this expanded partnership is a success for all involved,” Maloney wrote.
“This expansion of our existing partnership will now have State Police officers working side-by-side with CPD officers, ensuring the safety of all officers and putting more resources behind our efforts to arrest wanted fugitives. The officers will be working in integrated teams and they will all have access to CPD’s real-time intelligence, ensuring that knowledge of the geography or crime conditions are not an issue,” Maloney wrote.
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