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Old 03-23-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Old Town, Chicago
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Well, the UofC police work precisely because they are a professional force. Not the same thing as a bunch of minimum wage security guards, many of whom may turn out to have felony convictions and gang ties, running around the streets with no supervision. Of course, one of Daley's friends will be appointed director of security guards at $200,000 a year, if you want to call that supervision.
OK, I was thinking that they would have to be trained and certified by the state like the UofC PD, but if not...bad idea jeans.

Wonder what the courts would rule when people fight their tickets.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The University of Chicago campus police patrol not only Hyde Park, but beyond the UofC campus, They have full police powers, and most of the residents within their patrol area are happy with the additional police presence.

I don't see why this would be much different...as long as they're properly trained, it will allow the CPD to focus on bigger crimes instead of traffic/parking/vandalism.

The aldermen down there are asking for this; it's not Daley's idea.
The Hyde Park police are not rent-a-cops. They're fully trained, fully equipped professional, deputized police officers -- and they're paid like it too. The only practical difference between them and the CPD is their primary source of funding: the school versus the taxpayer (though I think there is at least some taxpayer support). Therefore, as a practical matter, it would be no different from a cost perspective to hire a force like that. The one benefit I could see would be more flexibility in not having to deal with FOP. But I don't know that I'd want to be a cop -- public or private -- in a s#*t-storm city like Chicago without union representation.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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