Spielman Continues Staffing Myth

It is pretty clear that the Sun-Times as an organization has made up its mind about whether or not we are “short” police officers. The latest propaganda piece is from Fran Spielman and is titled “Can Emanuel deliver on his promise to hire more police?”. Once again the reporting is really short on facts and[…]


FOIA Seeking CPD Staffing Analysis

On September 26, 2016 the Chicago Justice Project send the following request under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act to the Chicago Police Department. Our request seeks to propel the Chicago Police Department to produce a copy of the “top to bottom analysis” they claim to have completed and that was the basis for Mayor Emanuel’s[…]

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Thoughts on Chicago Tonight Appearance

Eddie Aruza did something no other Chicago based journalist has done over the last two years – ask the FOP a follow up question! My appearance on Chicago Tonight last week with the Fraternal Order of the Police (FOP) President Mike Shields was illuminating to say the least.  I think you can say that Chicago[…]


Police Staffing in America’s 5 Largest Cities

Currently, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) are arguing that Chicago is significantly understaffed compared to other cities. The results of the study we conducted fly in the face of that argument.   This is a second in a series of blogs offered to illuminate the public discussion around the staffing levels of the Chicago Police[…]


Chicago Homicides & Police Personnel

For the last five years, there has been a steady drumbeat by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the union representing the patrol officers, that the Chicago Police Department is significantly understaffed. The FOP has continued to say this understaffing has played a significant role in contributing to Chicago’s persistent issue with violence in many[…]


Separating facts from fiction

On Tuesday night I appeared on Politics Tonight on CLTV with Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and Tio Hardeman from Ceasefire.  The topic of discussion was Superintendent McCarthy’s move to redeploy 500 officers from the Targeted Response Unit (TRU) and the Mobile Strike Force (MSF).  This was a real chance[…]


Police Resource Allocation and CJP’s Attempts to get Access to Data

It is interesting to see how little is changing in Chicago in the waning days of the Daley Administration. Despite all the talk about reallocating Chicago Police Department (CPD) resources from less violent to more violent neighborhoods, there has been no effort to make data available to the public. If we are going to have[…]