Posted on June 23, 2015
We’re fast approaching the shitshow of the year, the extended 4th of July weekend. In preparation for fireworks, fights and firearms, the CPD is telling it’s rank and file to get ready for some long hours:
“Chicago police are requiring that thousands of officers work extended hours over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend as shootings and homicides continue to outpace last year’s levels.
The holiday weekend is often one of the Police Department’s biggest challenges, juggling crowd control at fireworks displays, other festivities and this year the Grateful Dead concerts at Soldier Field. It can also be among the most violent weekends of the year. Last year, during an 84-hour period, more than 80 people were shot, 16 fatally.
According to a memo distributed to officers and obtained by the Tribune, patrol officers assigned to the first or second shifts will work up to 12 1/2 hours July 3, 4, 5 and 6, up from the usual 8 1/2-hour shifts.
That could significantly boost overtime costs.”
Given the pace of this year’s stupidity and how the last two 4th weekends played out, million$ in overtime isn’t going to do much except add to the taxpayers’ tab.