Chicago Police Overtime On Track to Set New Record

Chicago is on track to spend $50 to $60 million more this year than last year on police overtime, with a negligible reduction in crime. 200 Million Dollars | Chicago Murder, Crime & Mayhem | HeyJackass!

The Chicago Police Department is on pace to spend nearly $200 million on overtime in 2017 — 40 percent more than last year’s record

And 10 months after Mayor Emanuel promised a 1000 more cops, the department is ahead by 37 new officers. So it is hard to see that number going down much in the near future.

Still, $200 million is ton of money. And for a 40% increase over 2016, you would expect some excellent result.

For a window into the strange world of Chicago crime – which is much higher per capita than New York City – you can’t go wrong with Hey Jackass!

Update – Just for reference: As of 8 AM Sunday, there were 8 murders and 23 wounded in Windy City.


NYPD Issues Obsolete Smart Phones – Has to replace them within months

Why does this not surprise me in anyway? Because .gov is stupid at every level. And incompetent. NYPD must replace 36,000 obsolete smartphones it gave cops

The Microsoft-based devices were purchased over the last two years as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative Mayor Bill de Blasio touted as ‘a huge step into the 21st century.’

It bought smartphones that had no future. Everyone – expect the NYPD – understood that they had no future 2 years ago. The decision was the work of one person – who apparently throws a fit if she doesn’t get her way.

Blame is being cast on NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch, with one source saying, ‘She drove the whole process.’

‘Nobody purchases 36,000 phones based on the judgment of one person,’ a source said.

‘I don’t care if you’re Jesus f- -king Christ – you get a panel of experts.’

This isn’t something from years ago. They were issuing these phones just recently.

It’s only been months since the last phone was issued, and already the NYPD must replace all 36,000 of the devices, according to a source who spoke to The New York Post.

Your tax dollars being flushed down the drain.

Social Security Admin: Enabling Identity Theft at Every Opportunity

So what happens when you put a .gov bureaucracy in charge of sensitive data? They completely ignore the issues of security. Because security isn’t their job. And thinking outside the box in a bureaucracy gets you pounded down, not rewarded.

Let’s start with the low-tech problems. Social Security Administration Correspondence Containing Full Social Security Numbers. That’s right. They were sending out letters through the US Mail that contained everything needed to screw up your life. Name, address and FULL social security number. Because no one’s mail would ever get stolen by someone hoping to steal an identity. And besides, security isn’t my job.

That is beyond stupid, and sending out that kind of info hasn’t been a good idea EVER.

So if they have that little regard for your sensitive data in snail mail, how do you think they handle stuff in the online realms? Not much better.

Remember how government was going to get more efficient by doing more things online? Yeah, they got more efficient at allowing fraud. Unauthorized my Social Security Direct Deposit Changes in Calendar Years 2014 Through 2016.

In May 2012, the Social Security Administration (SSA) introduced my Social Security —an Internet services portal that allows individuals to create a personal online account to access their own information. In January 2013, the Agency enhanced my Social Security to allow individuals to change their direct deposit bank information. Shortly after SSA made this change, the Agency and the Office of the Inspector General began receiving fraud allegations related to unauthorized direct deposit changes.

It seems that they weren’t doing very much to ensure that these changes – to where Social Security payments were being made – were legitimate. 20 million dollars were stolen, of which about 9 million were recovered. That leaves the .gov on the hook for $11 million that wasn’t recovered. All because online security wasn’t an issue with Social Security. (So does that qualify as ironic? Given it is .gov, probably not.)

Hat tip to the Ink Well.

USS John S McCain Collides with Merchant Ship

This is the 2nd collision for an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in 2 months. USS John McCain collides with merchant ship near Singapore; search and rescue underway – ABC News

I think this means that the US Navy needs to beef-up its ship-handling procedures.

A Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, collided with a commercial vessel east of Singapore early Monday morning local time, the Navy said.

The collision with the merchant ship Alnic MC occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, as the McCain was on its way for a routine port visit in Singapore, the Navy said.

There is talk of search and rescue activities underway, but no indication of whether it is known that people went in the water. Five sailors injured, 10 missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship – The Washington Post

This is just a very short time after the USS Fitzgerald collided with ship off Japan.

In case you were wondering… DDG 56 is NOT named in honor of the current US Senator, but for his father and grandfather, who were both admirals.

Why Was This Guy Granted Parole?

Thursday morning, a couple of miscreants thought it would be a good idea to rob a Verizon store, and ran smack into an armed citizen. Armed man shot by south metro Verizon store clerk was on probation for theft –

The details of that robbery can be found at this link.

But the real question is why would anyone grant this guy parole? Isn’t parole supposed to be for people judged not a danger on the outside? This guy has spent his whole life being a danger to the law abiding.

At the time of the attempted holdup, the 32-year-old was on probation for a theft in 2015 in Hennepin County, according to court records. His criminal history in Minnesota spans his entire adult life and also includes convictions for aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon, accomplice after the fact to attempted murder, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

For whatever reason, someone – a judge, or parole board – turned this guy loose, and he picked up a gun and tried to commit another crime. Now a gun-crime could go to federal court for federal sentences. But my guess is that the DA won’t go that way…

So tell me again how we have too many people in prison.

What If You Called 911 And No One Was Available to Respond?

See also the previous post (on dispatch center is San Francisco) Veteran Dallas police officer says is department understaffed – Story | KDFW

Shrinking size of police departments in major urban centers somehow doesn’t surprise me. Not given the past 3 years. What surprises me is how many people still want to be police in places like Dallas.

The current response time in Dallas to “priority” 911 calls is about 8 minutes. The officer who is the focus of article says it worse than that. The city stands behind the numbers.

Staffing is the issue.

[Mike] Mata [Dallas Police Association president] said the Dallas city manager’s budget looking to hire 250 officers doesn’t come close to matching the retirement rate.

“We’re easily going to hit 500 this fiscal year add that to the 350-plus that we lost last year, so you’re looking on the verge of 900 officers over the last 20-22 months,” Mata said.

I’m kinda surprised that they can find 250 recruits.

What is the point of city government if they aren’t providing what used to be called “essential city services?” That would be police and fire protection (and things like 911 dispatch centers that support them)?

What If You Called 911 and No One Answered?

It isn’t that bad in San Francisco, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it came to that. Lee’s urgent fix for SF’s 911 crisis remains hung up – San Francisco Chronicle

So in the world of 911, you are supposed to answer 90% of calls in 10 seconds or less. San Francisco is only doing that 75% of the time. (More statistics are not available, so it is hard to know how bad it really is.)

Usually my “Calling 911” posts are about how someone called 911 and nothing good happened, or I consider the wait time between the call and police arriving to do anything helpful. But a couple of things caught my eye regarding this story.

1. The city budget is 10 billion dollars. That is really a lot of money. What the heck is it going to, if not to provide 911 services?

2. Morale in the 911 dispatch center sucks. Doesn’t sound like it is going to be getting any better. And can you blame the folks who work there?

[One dispatcher who has decided he is leaving] said that other than during planned vacation time, he has not had a single weekend off in his 12 years on the job. He said he had to “jump through a lot of hoops” to attend his brother’s wedding in Hawaii this year, even with several months’ notice.

That sucks. It is mostly because there are 110 folks working in a 911 center that should have 165. They got 7 new dispatchers trained, and 5 people quit or retired this year. At that rate it will take a long time to fill up that staff.

They offer things like yoga classes at lunch, but only management has the time to attend. Dispatchers are stuck at their desks.

There are meetings and task forces and all kinds of things sponsored by the mayor of SF to raise morale, but you have to wonder if they are really serious about doing anything real.

Curiously, no dispatchers have been invited to attend the meetings and are not involved in crafting the plan.

What could go wrong?