An Uptown police officer writes in:
"I'm currently a police officer assigned to the 023rd Dist. I am also a resident of Uptown. Not sure if you are aware, but the current Chief of Patrol, Ernest Brown, has some big plans for the patrol division effective the first period of 2011. One of them, and the one most concerning, is to remove all Tactical Officers from district law enforcement. This means that another 30 officers will be stripped from the district.
He would like the Tact Teams to be housed out of Area 3 and be detailed anywhere in the city, contingent upon upticks in violence and at the discretion of the Area Deputy Chief. So in lay terms, this means slow districts like 023 and 020 will be depleted of valuable resources in order to fill manpower shortages in fast districts. I know some might not agree, but 023 and 020 are slow and less violent than other parts of the city. Even with the current level of violence in 023, it's nothing like 003, 004, 006, 011 and 015. Your readership needs to contact their respective Commander, The Chief of Patrol and Aldermanic contenders. Why should hard-working, tax-paying citizens not get the police service that we deserve?"