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Monday, 30 April 2007

African-American Police League Commemorates 1st African American Officer Killed in Line of Duty


Patrolman Cornelius Wilson #2902 was the first African American Chicago Police Officer killed in the line of duty. 

He was killed on May 1, 1919 at 37th and State when he confronted three men who were suspected of armed robberies.  The offenders fired upon Officer Wilson.  He returned fire and fatally wounded one of the offenders.  However, Officer Wilson also suffered fatal injuries from being shot during this encounter. 

The African American Police League and the Guardians Police Organization will hold a commemoration ceremony on 5 May 2007 at Raymond School Park located at 3663 S. Wabash.  The ceremony will begin at 1300 hours. 

In addition, a picnic will take place at the same location form 1000 hours to 1700 hours. All are welcome to attend the ceremony and the picnic.

CPD Enforcers Charity Game to Follow St. Jude's Parade


Come join the CPD Enforcers Football Team on May 06, 2007, as they take on the Philadelphia Blue Flames in a Charity football game at Soldier Field, 1401 Museum Campus Drive.

Kickoff is at 10:30 am.

Proceeds to Benefit Enforcer Charities

Come out and march in the St. Jude's Parade, stay for a football game!

Tickets available at the gate or you may contact team members.

For additional information, log onto www.cpdenforcers.com or www.npsfl.com

Chicago Honors Fallen Officers

Run_to_remember 5K run and walk to raise funds and awareness for  Chicago’s fallen and injured police officers.

WHAT:     Over two-thousand Chicago Police Officers, families of fallen officers and supporters of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation are expected to participate in the third annual Run to Remember on Saturday, May 5th.  The Run to Remember is a 5K run/walk that takes place at the recently dedicated Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, just east of Soldier Field. This will be the first year that participants at the event will be able to enjoy the completed park and Memorial. Activities include appearances by the Mounted, K-9, and Helicopter units, as well as a junior jog and activities area for children.

In an effort to raise awareness for the Mission Beyond the Memorial, and the special needs of Officers who have been catastrophically injured in the line of duty, Run To Remember has partnered with Steve’s Team, a non-for profit organization that will be providing racing wheelchairs that will carry some very special children of Chicago Police officers.


WHEN:     Saturday, May 5th  Pre-registration and full details online at www.cpdmemorial.org/run , or at the Chicago Police Academy, 1300 W. Jackson May 3rd and 4th from 8am-8pm.

                    Race Day On-site registration for participants begins at 6:30am.    Event begins at 8:00am.


WHERE:        Gold Star Family Park

                        Just East of Solider Field and West of Burnham Harbor

                Waldron and Museum Campus Drive Exit 18th  Street from Lake Shore Drive and head East to  Waldron Drive . 

Complimentary  Parking available at the Waldron deck.


WHO:        Nearly 2500 current Chicago Police Officers, families of fallen officers and Chicago residents will participate in this 5k run/walk.

46th Annual Police Recognition Ceremony to be held on 09 May

Tickets are available for the 46th Annual Police Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon, which will be held at 1200 hours on Wednesday, 09 May 07, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, located at 720 S. Michigan Avenue. The Chicago Police Department most distinguished awards-Award of Valor, Blue Star Award, Blue Shield Award, and Police Medal will be presented to some of our outstanding officers. Your attendance will greatly support our fellow officers for their acts of heroism. All sworn exempt members will wear dress uniform, and other sworn members will wear the uniform of the day or conservative business attire. Department members interested in purchasing tickets can contact the Special Activities Section at Pax 0207 or Bell 5-5844.


Retired Captain William Corcoran, formerly assigned to the 23rd District, passed away 25 April 2007. Waked at Haben Funeral Home, 8057 Niles Center Rd., Skokie IL., 30 Apr., 0900-0930 hours. Services St. Peter Church, 8116 Niles Center Rd., Skokie, IL., 30 Apr., 1030 hours. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

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Chicago Police Soccer Team to Play in Springfield

On 02MAY07 in Springfield the night before the Memorial. The Chicago Police Soccer Team is playing the St. Louis Police Soccer Team in a charity match at the University of Illinois at Springfield Kiwanis Stadium to benefit C.O.P.S. : Concerns for Police Survivors of Illinois. The game features both collegiate and professionally experienced players on both sides - which should make for a interesting game! For directions to the stadium and further details please check www.cpdsoccer.com

P.O. Bob Kellam
Chicago Police Soccer Team


Anthony L. Ruthy............................. 1931

Stanley J. Lutke.............................. 1933

Friday, 27 April 2007


The St. Jude Memorial March is a special part of our department and reminds us that the legacies of our fallen live on. This year, the 75th Anniversary of the St. Jude Police League will be even more meaningful as police officers and members of our law enforcement community gather and march for the first time at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. 

As Superintendent, I am honored to lead this march past the Memorial because after 75 years of marching at five different locations throughout the city, we have found a home.  The Gold Star Families Memorial and Park is a reality. We encourage all participants and their families to enjoy the park’s beauty and remember the 520 heroes whose names are inscribed on its sacred walls. 

I invite all of you to join us on Sunday, May 6 at Solidarity and Museum Campus Drives. Police Officers will assemble on Solidarity Drive.  Extended family members and friends are welcome to view the march from the west side of Museum Campus Drive across from the Park (see map on back).

Step off begins promptly at 0800 hours and the march will proceed South on Museum Campus Drive to Waldron Drive. Immediately at the conclusion of the march there will be a brief 15 minute inter-faith service presented by the Chicago Police Department Chaplain’s Unit. I encourage everyone to attend this service which will be held in the great gathering space in front of the Memorial Water Wall. 

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside Gate O of Soldier Field.

Free parking is available in the Soldier Field South Lot and the Waldron Parking Garage. Use the 18th Street exit on Lake Shore Drive.

Please remember and support the other police events during National Police Month. The annual Run to Remember supports the Mission Beyond the Memorial and kicks off at 0800 on Saturday, May 5 at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Illinois salutes its fallen officers during ceremonies at the state Capitol on  May 2nd and 3rd. In Washington, DC the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial will hold a candlelight vigil on May 13th at 1900 at the memorial. On Wednesday, May 15, Officer Eric Solorio will be honored during the 26th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Services ceremony held on the Capitol lawn at noon.

I look forward to seeing you and your family on Sunday morning as we march together to honor our fallen officers.

To view a map of the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park visit the Checkerboard Chat or www.cpdweblog.typepad.com/ .

Philip J. Cline

Philip J. Cline


Chicago Police Department

Another fire rescue by a CPD Sergeant

For the second time in as many days a Chicago Police Sergeant has rescued a citizen from a fire.

In this case, Sgt. Michael Spagnola on-viewed a serious traffic accident at Chicago & Homan.  The vehicle was engulfed in flames and Sgt. Spagnola quickly attempted to free the driver that was trapped and unconscious in the car.  Another Chicago Police Officer, John Dalcason, 11th District, who was off duty and driving past stopped to help the Sergeant.  The officers had to break a window and fight back flames to extricate the victim.  The victim was pulled to safety and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Another fire rescue by the Chicago Police Department.  Great job.  Yet another example of police officers who truly believe that we do serve and protect. 

CPD Honor Guard to kick off Police Month

On the 30th of April, starting at 0001 hours through 2359 hours, the CPD Honor Guard will post a 24-hour guard in front of the water wall at the Gold Star Family Memorial and Park.  This event will launch Police Month activities.  The Honor Guard invites all members and their families to visit the Memorial in remembrance of all Chicago Police Officers past and present.  Honor Guard personnel will assist anyone who would like to lay a wreath at the Memorial.

Anyone who has been to an Honors Funeral or a wake and has had the opportunity to see these young men and women in action knows how well they represent the Chicago Police Department.  Their presence, uniforms and demeanor truly command respect.  Thank you for a job well done.

If your schedule allows, take some time to stop by the Memorial and see these outstanding examples of Chicago Police officers.  I wonder how many times we will see video of the Honor Guard at the Memorial Water Wall, if we see it at all.

Map of Gold Star Families Memorial and Park For St. Jude


Steve's Team Needs Your Help

Run To Remember is looking for CPD families or friends who have a disabled child who would be interested in participating in the Run To Remember on 05 May 2007. Three children will each ride in their own modified racing wheelchairs that will be pushed by members of Steve's Team.  Steve's Team is a Chicago- based group that races with children who cannot do so on their own due to incapacities. I have attached a photo of Steve with a racing wheel chair. Please pass this along to fellow Officers and friends of the CPD. For details, contact P.O. Rhonda Anderson at r2remember@gmail.com or call 312-745-5286 and leave a message.

Thank You and Stay Safe!!

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

NAGIS Seizes $60k and 200lbs. of Cannabis

Working in conjunction with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, NAGIS Squad A-2 conducted surveillance on a  vehicle driven by a subject who was involved in narcotics activities.

The subject was taken into custody where further investigation led to the seizure of a large amount of cash and controlled substances.

Good police work.   Happens every day in Chicago--whether it makes the "news" or not.

Stay safe.

12th District Sergeant's Heroism: 2 Rescued From Burning Building

While responding to a call of a fire at about 1230 hours today, a 12th District Sergeant noticed flames coming from a building on the 1600 block of west 21st Street.

The Sarge called for assistance from CFD and ran into the building where he found two residents in their apartments.  With the help of the Sergeant, both residents made their escape without serious injury.

The Sergeant and one of the residents were taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation and minor injury.

Outstanding job, Sarge.  Thanks for placing yourself in harm's way to save these citizens. 

Job well done and a speedy recovery.

The Criminal Mind . . . .

Genius comes in all shapes and sizes.  Apparently, this criminal was in the wrong line when they were passing out portions of "criminal mastermind" ability.

A female employee of a Southside grocery store was arrested and charged with theft.  Here's her alleged "master plan":  The employee allegedly accessed the store's bank accounts to withdraw cash, put the withdrawn cash in the store's "cash room drawer" and then took the surplus cash for herself.

She did this (over a period of time) to the tune of almost $100,000.  Well, as her misfortune would have it, the store's accountants noticed the discrepancy and checked the withdrawals. . . . OK, here it comes, the moment of "evil genius":  The offender conducted the transactions using her INDIVIDUALLY ASSIGNED password.


She's in jail. . . where she belongs. . . before she hurts herself trying to come up with another "brilliant" scheme.

Stay safe out there.

Alert 6th District Officers Catch Robbery Suspect

On April 23rd an offender tried to rob a fast food restaurant by climbing through the drive-thru window.  As the subject fled the scene, Officers Dillon and Proano of Bt. 614 were on patrol and monitoring the flash sent out by units that were on the scene. 

Bt. 614 toured the area and located a vehicle matching the description given in the flash. These officers curbed the vehicle and observed the subject was armed and wearing body armor--which also matched the flash of the offender.

The subject was taken into custody without incident.  Recovered were two weapons, a body armor vest, and about $200 USC.

Further investigation by A/2 detectives revealed that this offender was also a suspect in the armed robbery of another fast food restaurant.

The offender was charged accordingly.  All officers were safe.  Fantastic response, back-up and investigative work to all units involved:


Morris and Skupien--Bt 623

Brandenburger and Kennedy--Bt 647


Walsh--Bt 620

Peak--Bt 610

Franko--Bt 650

Lt. Walsh and the Area 2  R/B/T Unit.

Stay safe.


William F. Messanger------------------1901

William B. Murphy---------------------1950

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

25 April


Area 1 Detective Division salutes 2nd District Police Officers: Sgt. Pienta, P.O. R. Gallas, P.O. A. Mickel, P.O. J. Campagna, P.O. A. Macias, P.O. T. Tinsman, On 16 Feb. 07, the officers responded to an in-progress call at 4832 S. Indiana.

Upon arrival, the Officers saw subjects attempting to flee the area. Consequently, they coordinated a containment of the area and were able to detain the three suspects. A witness was located who identified the subjects. A burglary scene was located and all property recovered. The suspects later confessed their role in the crime. Due to the Officers immediate response and dedication to duty, all three subjects were charged with Burglary.

Thanks for a job well done.


Representative Neil Cook from Nationwide Retirement Solutions, (Deferred Compensation), will be at Police Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday, 26 Apr. 07, in the vendeteria on the second floor from 1030-1430 hours.


All Department members who received tickets for the 46th Annual Recognition Ceremony are requested to submit their payments by 26 Apr. 07. For further information, please contact Sgt. Lori Cooper or P.O. Priscilla Johnson of the Special Activities Section at 5-5844 or Pax 0207.


The next general meeting of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) will be held on Wednesday, 25 Apr. 07, 1800 hours at Moretti’s Restaurant, 1645 W. Jackson. Supervisors interested in becoming members are invited to attend.


Please join us at the 3rd Annual RUN TO REMEMBER 5K run & walk on Saturday, 5 May 07, 0800 hours at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Log on to www.cpdmemorial.org/run to register, donate or volunteer. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. For additional info contact Rhonda Anderson (312) 745-5286.


Department personnel who are required to file 2007 Statements of Financial Interests have been mailed the necessary forms to their home address. Department personnel are reminded that these forms must be filed by 1 May 2007. After 1 May 2007, those who file their forms will be charged a $20.00 filing fee.

"Two Stars and a Bar"--Fr. Thomas Nangle


The sergeant was on the job forty six years. He was 68 years old. As he sat in the station, he had a terrible pain in his chest, and he started to sweat. He went to walk outside for some air, and he passed the pictures of police officers from that district whose lives had been taken from them. He got outside, grabbed his chest, and fell dead to the pavement. This scene is taken from Joseph Wambaugh’s new work, “Hollywood Station.” It’s about life in the LAPD. That’s why the numbers in the first two sentences don’t add up in  CPD math.

The LAPD sergeant’s nickname is the Oracle. He was deeply respected by the officers under his supervision. He got them out of street messes, paperwork mazes, and political furies. He was always on their side. He wasn’t street wise: he was street genius. And he never lost his sense of the noble, Godly nature of doing real police work. At an LAPD roll call one day, Wambaugh has him talking to his troops after a battle between a pimp and an undercover officer which left the officer in danger of losing her eye and in need of facial reconstruction; the pimp ended up one spleen short. The author has created a stew of racial concerns, legal tricks and plea bargaining down to a misdemeanor, and says the officers at roll call were demoralized and angry. Imagine. The Oracle  speaks to them, and when he does, you can sure tell Wambaugh used to be the police. I’ve taken the liberty to change his beautiful words (p.175) to C.P.D. terms, hoping the police souls who read these words, active and retired, will be affirmed and supported:

---The star you’re wearing is the most beautiful in the world. Some departments copy it, but every department respects it. They know it means The Real Police. And all these critics and politicians and media -------- [Wambaugh’s term] come and go, but that star still stands for real police work, and none of them could do it. You can get as mad and outraged as you want over what’s going down, but don’t get cynical. Being cynical will burn your soul to a cinder. Doing good police work is the greatest fun there is. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have in your lives. So go on out there and have some fun!---

May is the month when the police honor themselves across the nation. Few municipalities have a vigorous desire to honor and appreciate the police, so the police do it themselves. We do it---the ceremonies, the pomp and circumstance, prayers and taps and parades---not to show off, but to show that we know a secret: The police soul is different. It has colors in it that set it apart: courage, pride, dignity, generosity, loyalty, service to humanity. Even the scriptures tell us, “Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be called sons and daughters of God.” We’d be fools not to celebrate all that.


Fr. Thomas Nangle,

CPD Chaplain

Superintendent Catches Thief

"Top Cop" may mean different things to different people, but remember the key to that nickname is "cop". 

On Monday, Superintendent Cline and Sgt. Masterson were in the area of 19th and State Street, when they were waved down by a local businessman. 

The businessman told the Superintendent that a man, whom he described, caused a disturbance in the restaurant and then allegedly left without paying.  Superintendent Cline and Sgt. Masterson toured the area looking for the offender and located the subject at about 21st and State. 

As they exited the vehicle, the "Supe" and "Sarge" stopped the offender and were met by Bt. 106.  The offender was taken into custody without incident.

Outstanding job to Officers Stadnicki and Siriscevich of Bt. 106, Sgt. Masterson and Superintendent Cline.  The real police. . . every day.

Stay safe.


Victor H. Sugg..... 1934

George J. Spearakos..... 1952

Erwin Jackson..... 1969


Victor H. Sugg----------------------------1934

George J. Sperakos--------------------1952

Erwin Jackson----------------------------1969

Off-Duty Officers Help Capture Murder Suspect

On April 19, 2007, a 19 year-old male was shot and killed in the area of 130th and Baltimore in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting.  During the incident, the victim, after being shot, crashed his vehicle. 

Officers A. Martinez, J. Knezevich and Sgt. A. Medina were all off-duty and in the vicinity of the event as it occurred.  Officer Martinez and Sgt. Medina on-viewed the traffic crash, called 911 and sent a flash. They also followed what appeared to be a vehicle fleeing the scene.

Off-duty Officer J. Knezevich heard the call over a police scanner and saw the alleged offender's vehicle and placed a stop on the vehicle while calling for assistance.

As assisting units arrived, the driver of the vehicle, Luis Rojas, was taken into custody.

Further investigation led to another offender and the recovery of a weapon in the vehicle driven by Rojas.

Because officers, even though off-duty, paid attention to their surroundings and were willing to take police action, a murder suspect was captured and charged with 1st Degree Murder.

Great job to Sgt. A. Medina, and PO's J. Knezevich and A. Martinez.  Additional congrats should also go to the responding units in the 004th District:


M. Garza--Bt. 482

C. Sanchez, L. Garcia and T. Morgan-- Bt. 462A

S. Rotkvich and R. Bialota-- Bt. 468

A. Guerrero-- Bt. 406

J. Desmond-- Bt. 406A

For those who don't believe this job is "24-7", this shows that you never stop being the police--whether "on the clock" or off.

Nice work.  Stay safe.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Run To Remember . . . Kickoff Party


Come join us at the Run To Remember Kickoff Party and Benefit on Monday, April 23rd.

WHERE?   The NEW Stanley's 323 S. Racine (at Van Buren, just off  I-290, parking on site)

WHEN?     Monday, April 23rd 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

COST?      Donation Includes refreshments and appetizers

                  Proceeds Benefit The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Retired Sergeant Ralph Ford, formerly assigned to the Vice Control Section, brother of Police Officer Bruce Ford, assigned to Detached Services Section, passed away 20 April 2007.  Waked at Salerno Sons Galewood Chapel, 1887 N. Harlem Ave., 25 April, 1200-2000 hours.  Services Carey Tercentenary Church, 1448 S. Homan Ave., 26 April, 1000 hours.  St. Jude will meet at 1045 hours.  Interment Oakridge Cemetery.


Retired Youth Investigator Peter Martine, formerly assigned to Area 5 Detective Division, passed away 17 April 2007.  All services to be held in Knoxville, IL.



Henry A. Mandelco............................ 1919

Run To Remember


Please join us for the 3rd Annual Run to Remember 5K run and walk.  Saturday, May 5, 2007 8:00 a.m. at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.

5K Run and walk at 8:00 a.m.  Junior Jog at 9:30 a.m. 

*******Girl Scouts Activity Area allows parents the option to drop off children during the 5K run/walk and pick them up after to participate in the Junior jog.

******** Plentiful refreshments on site post- race and post- race party at the new Stanley's on Racine and Van Buren

FULL DETAILS and REGISTRATION at www.cpdmemorial.org/run

Friday, 20 April 2007

Within Hours. . . 2 Burglary Offenders Nabbed by 4th District

This was sent to CC by the 4th District. Good response time + Good police work = good arrests. 

Officers of the 1st & 2nd watches made excellent arrests on 18 Apr 07. The 1st Watch officers responded to a residential burglar alarm and observed a subject stacking items on the rear porch. As the officers approached to conduct a field interview the offender fled on foot, discarding clothing as he ran. Responding assists units were able to apprehend the offender a short distance away. The officers were able to recover all of the victim’s property. The offender, Hayes, A., a convicted burglar, was placed under arrest and felony charges have been filed.

            Just hours later, 2nd Watch personnel responded to an OEMC assignment of a Burglary in progress. Due to the sergeant’s quick response, the offender was observed exiting the residence with property in hand. Upon seeing the sergeant, the offender fled on foot. Responding units were able to apprehend the offender quickly and witnesses positively identified the offender. Teague, D., a convicted felon was placed under arrest and charged with Burglary- Residential.

Great job in the 004th District.

20 APRIL 07


Area Book Fairs The Domestic Violence Program in conjunction with the CAPS District Domestic Violence Liaison Officers will sponsor (6) six book fairs during April, Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Book Fair Dates, Times & Places:

April 20, Area 5, 5555 W. Grand

April 24, Area 4, 3151 W. Harrison

All of the book fairs are from 0700 to 1530 hours and 2230 to 0030 hours, and will be held in the corresponding Districts Community Room. Scholastic Books will match dollar for dollar in books to be donated to local Childrens Charities. Your support in this endeavor will be  appreciated.


Main Event is 2000-2200 hours. For tickets contact P.O. Dale Caridine, Unit 132 at (312) 745-5838 or stop by the FOP gift shop, the 6th District, 11th District and the Training Academy.


The Chicago Police Department Regimental Concert Chorale rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, 21 Apr. 07, from 0930 hours until 1100 hours. at the Education and Training Division, 1300 W. Jackson Blvd. Come and join us or call (773) 294-3427.


Per G. O. 98-10-02 VII (B):


This spring the City of Chicago and the United Negro College Fund will award scholarships to eligible students of City of Chicago employees who plan to attend a UNCF member school. City employees contributed more than $250,000 during the 2006 UNCF annual fund raising campaign. Employees raised funds through payroll deduction, the fall Bike, Skate, Run-Walk-A-Thon and Mayor Daley’s reception. 2007 UNCF Scholarship applications can be obtained from Commander Adrienne Stanley of Auditing and Internal Control. Commander Stanley can be reached at 745-6260 or Pax 0609 if you have any questions. Scholarship deadline is 20 April 2007.

When soft body armor carriers are worn by uniformed members, the star and nameplate/ unit designator will be properly affixed to the carrier.


Members are asked to retain in a safe location copies of their check stubs and direct deposit advances. Each pay period the Finance Divisions Payroll Section distributes over 13,000 check stubs and direct deposit advances. Unfortunately, some department members discard, destroy or misplace these important payroll documents. When these documents are needed for loans, IRS meetings or other reasons, Payroll receives phone requests for old copies.

Increasingly members are requesting multiple years worth of these documents. Printing out copies from microfiche is a laborious and time consuming project. Doing so takes precious time away from processing payrolls.

Due to the redundant nature of these requests (and our Payroll staff shortage), all future requests will require a 3 to 4 week turnaround time.

The Chicago Policemen vs. Firemen Charity Boxing Exhibition will be held 20 Apr. 07. This is the 5th Annual Battle of the Badges at De LaSalle Institute, 3455 S. Wabash Ave. Doors open at 1800 hours and the Best of the Park District Bouts will begin at 1900 hours.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Update: St. Jude Memorial March

We've gotten many questions regarding this year's St. Jude Memorial March.  Here's what we have.  Look forward to your participation.  As you know, the location and route of the march has changed.

This year, the March will begin along Solidarity Drive near the planetarium and proceed west to Museum Campus Drive, then south along Museum Campus Drive.  The route will take us past the Gold Star Memorial Park and end near Waldron Drive.

Here are the other particulars:

Assembly: 0740 hours along Solidarity Drive

Step Off:  0800 hours from Solidarity Drive

The big question was parking. 

Parking will be provided at 2 locations:

Waldron Deck Parking Garage

South Lot of the McCormick Place Garage

Both lots will be accessible from the north or south from 18th Street.

For further details and uniform information, you can follow up with your individual districts or units.

Let's continue to come out and honor those who have paid the ultimate price.

Retired Bomb Technician Cornelius Welborn, formerly assigned to the Bomb and Arson Section, passed away 15 April 2007.  Waked at St. Dorothy Church, 450 E. 78th Street, 20 April, 1800-1900 hours.  St. Jude will meet at 1830 hours.  Services to follow.  Interment Covert Cemetery.


Retired Police Officer Stephen Potopa, formerly assigned to the  16th District, (O'Hare  Detail), passed away 11 April 2007.  Services have been held.


Retired Police Officer Chester Hycner, formerly assigned to the 1st District, passed away 16 April 2007.  Waked at Zarzycki Funeral Home, 5088 S. Archer, 19 April, 1400-2100 hours.  St. Jude will meet at 1900 hours.  Services St. Daniel the Prophet Church, 5330 S. Nashville, 20 April, 0930.  Interment private.

School Violence: Responses and Strategies

We have received many questions that seek ways to address and respond to incidents of violence in and around our nation's schools.

We thank the Chicago Police Department Bureau  of Crime Strategy and Accountability, Deputy Superintendent Molloy and his staff for the following information.

Please click the link below to access the International Association of Chiefs of Police website.  This site offers excellent strategies for handling violent acts in schools.

IACP Prevention and Response to School Violence


Claude M. Fisher....................... 1966

Safety Alert: Decoy Mannequins Rigged to Explode

Produced on Critical Reach System

Officer Safety

Date: 4/17/2007 Case #: 0705258 Author ID: 7639

Burning mannequin (in car video) Exploded butane can inside mannequin

On 15 Apr 07 at approx. 0030 hrs, one of our patrol officers rolled up on what appeared to be a burning human body lying in the roadway on Schaumburg Rd. at Walnut. Upon inspection, it was clear it was a stuffed mannequin. However, shortly after the officer arrived on scene and while still in close proximity to the mannequin, the mannequin exploded. Luckily, our officer was not hurt.

Further investigation revealed butane cannisters and coffee cans containing gasoline were placed inside the mannequin and were meant to cause an explosion. Witnesses stated they saw several teenagers running from the scene prior to the officer's arrival. Any departments with similar incidents please contact the Streamwood Police Department Investigations Division at 630-736-3700.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007


Emil Shogren.................. 1928

Arthur D. Mutter..............1933

Update to Catalytic Converter Thefts

Here is an update to a post from February 2007.  It was submitted by the Burbank P.D. :

On 14-April-07 @ 1033hrs. at Food 4 Less parking lot located at 7770 S. Cicero Ave.

The victim and witness observed a gray, 1991 Toyota Corolla / Tercel IL plates, parked next to the victim's 2004 Jeep Cherokee with the Toyota's engine hood open.

An unknown M/B approx. 40 Y.O.A. was standing near the Toyota's open hood. A witness observed a M/B offender under her Jeep attempting to cut off the vehicle's catalytic converter with a cordless saw.  When the offenders were confronted they fled in the above listed vehicle.

It is suspected that the offender(s) were attempting to steal the catalytic converter due to it containing precious metals.

The victim in this case did not wish to pursue this case. Anyone needing any additional information contact Det. Metelski, Burbank PD: 1-708-924-7300.

Post from FEBRUARY 2007

Alright. We need some help from anyone out there who knows what is going on.

Illinois newspapers are reporting that catalytic converters are being stolen from parked cars by metal scavengers and sold for upwards of $150!

Has anyone heard of this happening?  Apparently, the thieves go to areas where there are large groups of parked cars such as auto dealerships, park-n-ride lots and possibly parking garages. Thieves slide under the cars and use saws to cut the catalytic converters from the vehicles.

The thieves then sell the converters to metal scrap yards where they are processed to remove precious metals such as platinum, rhodium and palladium. OK, we know what platinum can be used for. . . but what are rhodium and palladium?  And what are they used for?

If you know of any reports of this going on in Chicago, let us know. And. . . watch your cars!


Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Nightmare at Virginia Tech

Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

The horrific acts of one individual have given cause to a nation to stop and wonder "what is going on".  As police officers we know there is evil in this world.  The dead have not been laid to rest and the second guessing has already started.  As police officers we also know that there are times when a deranged individual makes up his mind to commit mayhem, there is little that can be done to stop him.  It is easy for everyone to speculate what should of happened and how it could have been prevented, but this is all after the fact.  The videos, that we will see over and over again, show police officers responding to a call of shots fired or a person shot.

Everyone will now speculate on what should of been done by the police department and the university.  None of those individuals were on the scene responding to shots fired in a building from an unknown offender in an unknown location. 

Football coaches and police officers ----the two professions that are always analyzed after the fact.

How about putting the responsibility for this on the deranged individual with two guns that killed 32 people and wounded many others?

Stay alert and focused.  The next 911 call you answer may be more involved than what was initially reported.

Monday, 16 April 2007

"Wolfpack Mission" nabs Homicide Offender

On 10 April 2007, Detective L. Munoz of Area 4 H/G/S informed members of the 1163 team that an individual wanted for a Homicide that occurred three years earlier was being sought. Officers J. Lipka , E. Heidewald , N. DeLuca , C. Lewis , C. McGhee and their Sergeant P. Perkovich , used their knowledge of criminal street gang members and their associates to develop information and coordinate a mission.

They were able to ascertain that the subject frequented the area of Jackson and Springfield. A "Wolf pack" Mission was conducted. During a systematic search, the wanted offender was observed in the area of 4000 West Jackson. The members of the 1163 team were able to place the wanted subject: Jenkins, Terrel, into custody without incident.

The safe and successful outcome of this mission is proof that cooperation between the Detective Division and District Tactical and Gang Teams, who possess a keen knowledge of gangs, their associates and the areas they frequent, can result in removing dangerous felons from the streets and in the process, make the city a safer place to live and work for everyone.

Job well done.


Lawrence P. Sullivan..... 1925

002nd District "Celebrity"

Submitted to CC by the 002nd District. . . .

002nd District's very own Civilian Martrice Campbell has appeared in a television commercial for Home Depot along with her sister (Debbie)  son (Jamal) and daughter (Tika).  Civilian Campbell has also been a guest on "The Steve Harvey Morning Talk Show" and her Home Depot ad has also appeared in the N'Digo Magazine and  the March issue of People Magazine. 

Look for Ms. Martrice Campbell in the upcoming May issue of Essence Magazine and possibly a role of on the hit TV SHOW  "ER".

We love you Matrice, keep up the good work!!

Saturday, 14 April 2007


Patrick J. Gallagher---------------------1931

James E. Mitchell------------------------1957

James R. Schaffer-----------------------1969

Jerome A. Stubig------------------------1969

Friday, 13 April 2007


Area 2 Violent Crimes Division Salutes Fugitive Apprehension Unit Officers:

Sgt. E. Boone, Det. L. Reed, Det. E. Turner, P.O. K. Williams, P.O. M. Scott, P.O. S. Ben, P.O. D. Cooper, & Cook County Sheriff A. Edwards.

On 21 Dec. 06 the Great Lakes Regional Task Force was informed that there was a subject wanted for an Aggravated Battery with a Firearm which occurred on 25 Nov. 06. The Task Force while armed with this information was informed the subject was in Waukegan, IL. The subject was apprehended, placed in custody and positively identified. The subject was subsequently charged with Aggravated Battery/Firearm. Due to the officers knowledge and investigative skills a felon was removed from the street. Thanks for a job well done.


Members are asked to retain in a safe location copies of their check stubs and direct deposit advances. Each pay period the Finance Divisions Payroll Section distributes over 13,000 check stubs and direct deposit advances. Unfortunately, some department members discard, destroy or misplace these important payroll documents. When these documents are needed for loans, IRS meetings or other reasons, Payroll receives phone requests for old copies. Increasingly members are requesting multiple years worth of these ocuments. Printing out copies from microfiche is a laborious and time consuming project. Doing so takes precious time away from processing payrolls. Due to the redundant nature of these requests (and our Payroll staff shortage), all future requests will require a 3 to 4 week turnaround time.


Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 5th District Police Officers & 22nd District Police Officers:

P.O. D. Adcock, P.O. B. Sterling, P.O. D. Korbas, P.O. J. McDermott, P.O. E. Kos, Capt. M. Alexander.

On 14 Dec. 06, offender Richard McKee shot an innocent victim without cause. Officers Adcock & Sterling had knowledge that an Investigative Alert had been issued and observed the offender and gave chase. Even though the offender eluded apprehension, the officers recovered a handgun which was discarded by the offender. On 9 Jan. 07,  the offender himself was shot and taken to a hospital. 22nd District  Officers Korbas, McDermott & Capt. Alexander were also aware of the active Investigative Alert and immediately placed the offender into custody. Due to the officers knowledge a violent offender was charged with Aggravated Battery & UUW and taken off the street. Thanks for a job well done.


The Chicago Police Historic Association is searching for active or retired members of the Department who are descendants of the officers who were present at the Haymarket Riot on May 4, 1886. The CPHA is preparing a display of photos and other memorabilia which links present day officers to those who served on that historic and tragic day. Anyone with information, photos, or memorabilia to share, please contact Officer Russell Schultz (012, 2nd Watch) at 312-746- 6627. The CPHA meets once every other month at Police HQ and is open to both active and  retired members of the Department who share an interest in our common, professional history. New members are always welcome.

Murder Offender is Caught by Outstanding Detective Work

This is yet another example of the phenomenal detective work that takes place in Chicago.

In August of 2005, an offender walked into a small store located on the 4400 block of S. California and robbed the store then shot both of his victims in the head.  Both victims, a male and a female, died the following day.

Working with the available evidence, which included surveillance video, Area #1 Detectives W. Gehrke, V. Candelario, P. McCormack, A. Sanchez and T. Cervin were assigned the case and developed a description of the offender. Following various other leads, the detectives re-examined evidence from the crime scene. 

Before the robbery, the offender played the Illinois State Lottery's "Pick-4"  game.  The tickets, bearing the numbers "5150" and "5157" were in the machine after the robbery and were found by the investigators.

The investigators entered various combinations of those two numbers into the department database that  contained the addresses of known robbery offenders, and as it usually happens, the harder someone works, the luckier they get: the number "5157"  was found to be the former street address number of a repeat robbery offender, Timothy Fountain, 37, who used to reside at 5157 S. Aberdeen.

Using other pieces of evidence, including witness identification and physical evidence, these detectives were able to identify one Timothy Fountain of Chicago, as the offender.

On 12 April 2007, Fountain, who was in custody for an unrelated robbery, was charged with the murder that occurred in August of 2005 at 44th and California.

Outstanding detective work.  Using available evidence, technology and good old fashioned police work led to a predator being removed from the streets.

"This case illustrates why are the police---this is what we do everyday.  The detectives who worked tirelessly on this case are to be commended.  We all get a sense of gratification when we can bring comfort and closure to the families of the victims who have been devastated for so many years by these brutal ;and senseless murders," said Deputy Superintendent Hiram Grau.  "More importantly, we have removed a dangerous criminal from the streets preventing them from victimizing others ," he added.

Police Net Cash and Crack Cocaine from CHA Complex

Officers from the Wentworth Area (002nd District) Housing Team conducted surveillance in the 500 block of East Browning Ave. at the Ida B. Wells Housing Development in response to recent drug activity in the area.

During this surveillance, officers observed an individual carrying two large black plastic bags approach an apartment and knock on the door.  A man, now identified as Joseph Mahoney, opened the door and accepted the bags.  As this was going on, the officers broke surveillance and approached the apartment.  The subject who delivered the bags spotted the officers and fled.  Mahoney also saw the officers and tried to slam the door in their faces as they approached. 

While trying the close the door, Mahoney dropped one of the bags and a large amount of what appeared to be crack cocaine was visible.  Mahoney was taken into custody.  Officers recovered both bags which contained a total of about 500g each of heroin and cocaine--with an estimate street value of more than $160,000.

Charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Heroin, Mahoney admitted that he had agreed to store the drugs in exchange for money.

Police are still looking for the initial man who brought bags to the apartment.

Good job 002nd District officers.  Stay safe.

Recruit Class 06-10 Set to Graduate on 18 April

The Graduation Ceremony for Recruit Class 06-10 will be held on Wednesday 18 April 2007 at 0900 hours at the Navy Pier Ballroom, located at 600 E. Grand Ave. 

Please come out and congratulate these new officers. 

Best wishes and Stay safe.

Battle of the Badges is Back!!

Boxing_4On Friday, 20 April 2007, The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department will host its 5th annual "Battle of the Badges" boxing match at De LaSalle Institute at 3455 S. Wabash.

Tickets purchased prior to the fight are $10.  $15 at the door.Tickets are available at all Districts or by contacting the following:

Police Officers Contact:  Dale Caradine (312) 745-5838

Fire Fighters Contact:  Steve O'Malley  (773) 443-8518

                                                  or   (773) 847-5417

Doors open at 6 PM  the first bout begins at 7. The CPD vs. CFD Main Event bouts are scheduled from 8 PM to 10 PM.

Parking is free and refreshments will be available.

The Chicago Police and Fire Departments exemplify Chicago's every day heroes. These city employees selflessly serve Chicago's communities by putting their lives on the line daily. Now Chicago's businesses and organizations are giving back to Chicago's every day heroes by supporting the  Fifth Annual Chicago Battle of the Badges.

All money raised at this event will benefit Chicago Police and Fire Charities:

C.F.D. Gold Badge Society

Fire Chaplain's Ministry

Chicago Police Peer Support

St. Jude Police League

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Fire Department Widows' and Children's Assistance Fund

Last year's event raised over $33,000 for those charities. Over 3,000 individuals were in attendance.


Tickets can be purchased at Scottsdale Park 4637 W. 83rd St., or Homer Park, 2741 W. Montrose.

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

2nd District Continues its Crackdown Against Crime

Submitted to CC by the 2nd District.  Keep up the good work and stay safe.

On 03 April , Housing Tactical Officers were on aggressive patrol in the Deployment Zone, with special emphasis at the Ida B. Wells Housing Complex. 002nd District Tactical Teams have been instructed to conduct missions, saturating the area due to the recent shootings at the complex and the presence of open-air drug markets .

Tact Officers B. Bolton, E. Smith and K. Mohommad were conducting a "walk down" at the Housing Complex when they were approached by a  citizen who stated that a nearby male was carrying a large blue steel pistol.  The officers began to search the area and approached a subject matching the description.  As they got closer, they observed him carrying a black sweatshirt with a large handgun protruding from the sweatshirt.

The officers announced their office, at which time the offender tried to dump the gun by throwoing it into a nearby open window.  The offender was placed into custody and detained. Officers Bolton and Mohammad relocated to the apartment where the weapon was tossed, and recovered a tech -DC9, with a 30 round capacity magazine.  The offender stated to the officers that he had the gun "strictly for protection", and that "people" are trying to kill him. 

The offender was transported to the 002nd District where he was charged accordingly.

The officers returned to the Ida B. Wells Housing Complex and continued their "walkdown" patrol and discovered a .32 caliber chrome revolver inside the incinerator room which the officers knew to be a hiding spot for the local "drug dealers" .

Because of the Officers' knowledge of the area, their dedication to the community, as well as  to the Chicago Police Dept., and their display of bravery and courage, two dangerous weapons and a repeat felon were removed from the streets of Chicago!

Burglary Car Nabs 3 for Burglaries

In  late March ,  002nd District's Robbery/ Burglary Mission Car (Tact Unit 262F)  , responded to a call of Burglary in Progress.  Upon arrival,  officers observed a subject standing in the hallway at 5900 block of S. Indiana. 

Officers suspected the subject was acting as a "lookout".

They were right!  The subject in the hall was keeping watch while two other offenders (both juveniles) were trying to pry open an apartment located at 5900 block of S. Indiana.  All three subjects were taken into custody and processed. 

Further investigation revealed that one of the offenders had left finger prints at previous burglary of a garage!  Thanks to Officers Rodriguez and Smith and to the Detective Division.

A quick response,  attention to duty and good investigative work resulted in removing 3 offenders from the streets of Chicago!

In Custody: 
#1 Juvenile
#2 Juvenile
#3 Juvenile

Retired Police Officer Julius A. Jones, formerly assigned to the Narcotics Section, passed away  6 April 2007.  Waked at Griffin Funeral Home, 3232 S. Martin Luther King Dr., 11 April, 1400-1800 hours.  Services St. Dorothy Church, 450 E. 78th St., 12 April 2007, 0930-1030 hours.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


Retired Police Officer Charles Gartland, formerly assigned to Loop Traffic, passed away 8 April 2007.  Services Bridgeview Church of God,  7801 W. 71st Street, Bridgeview, IL., 11 April 2007, 0915 hours.  Interment Resurrection Cemetery.



John F. McDermott...................1900

Jesse Sneed............................1928

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

19th District Officers Catch Bank Robber

An offender walks into the 1st American Bank on 1300 block of west Diversey Pkwy and gives the teller a note claiming that he had a gun and demanding $5,000.

The teller hands over some cash and the offender takes off on foot.  Bt. 1969 & 1969B respond to the robbery, get a good description of offender and tour the area.  In an alley not far from the bank, the officers see a suspect matching the description running down the alley.  Officers gave chase and as they got close, the suspect stops, turns to them and says "OK...you got me; the money is in my pocket."

Needless to say, the offender was taken into custody and identified by the bank staff as the robber.  In addition, other items of evidence were recovered from the offender, along with the proceeds, of course.

Further investigation revealed that this offender also robbed a bank  at 1400 blk of west Fullerton (which he admitted).

The appropriate charges were filed.  Great job.  This is a good example of getting the good early information you need when looking for an offender.  It isn't always this easy. 

The bank robber's age:  17 years old.

Stay safe.


Dennis Wilson.................................1920

11th District Tactical Team Shuts Down Counterfeit Sales Operation

While executing a search warrant on the South Side, officers from the 11th District shut down a major counterfeit shoe and apparel operation. 

Acting on a "tip", officers obtained a search warrant and executed it on locations on south Commercial Avenue.  The results of the search:

13,000 pairs of counterfeit shoes; 160 counterfeit purses; cash and other evidence.

Because of these officers taking the time to follow a good lead and go the extra step to get a warrant, an enterprising criminal was taken off the streets--along with his cheap, knock-off goods.

Job well done to officers McGhee, Stanek, Deluca, Lyons, Heidewald, Murphy, McGrory, Desmond, Sgt. Park and Lt. Johnson.

Stay safe.

Eric Solorio Memorial Golf Outing

This was sent to CC via a comment.  We wanted to make it an actual posting.

Just a reminder for all who may want to attend and support a good cause.  Keep the date open for this golf event and pass the word, we can use some extra volunteers also! 

Save the Date: Eric Solorio Golf Outing
Monday, July 23
Silver Lakes Country Club

Eric Solorio Scholarship
This scholarship is named in memory of Eric Solorio, a Chicago police officer and Loyola alumnus who died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident while on duty as a member of the elite Targeted Response Unit. Eric received a posthumous B.A. in Spanish from Loyola two months after completing the requirements for the degree.
LULAB wished to recognizes a talented Loyola undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled at least half-time with the Eric Solorio Scholarship. The award is granted on the basis of the candidate’s academic accomplishments as well as his/her pursuit of a career in law enforcement.

If you would like to make a donation to the LULAB scholarship fund, please write your check payable to Loyola University Chicago and send it to:
Loyola University Chicago
LULAB Scholarship
820 North Michigan Avenue
Lewis Towers, 15th floor
Chicago, IL 60611-2196
All donations are tax deductable to the extent allowed by law. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Monday, 09 April 2007

8th District Officers Stop One-man Robbery Spree

Beat 832 was responding to a call of a Robbery In Progress and sent out a flash describing the offender and the vehicle in which he fled.  Beats 822 and 835 were monitoring the flash and responded.  As the assisting units toured the area for the offender, they noticed a vehicle that matched the description in the flash. 

As the officers approached the vehicle, they saw a subject matching the description exit the vehicle and attempt to walk away.  The officers approached the subject to conduct a filed interview and saw him drop a number of items to the ground--one of which turned out to be the victim's ATM card.

The offender was taken into custody and subsequently identified by two victims.

Further investigation revealed that this offender had been responsible for a 3-day robbery/car-jacking spree on the southwest side of Chicago.  John Akres was charged with multiple felonies.

Nice way to back each other up.  Great police work.  Our congrats to 8th District Officers:

Stapleton and Clark:  Bt 822

Kim and Ward: Bt. 835

Delia and Aguinaga: Bt. 832

Stay safe.

TRU Unit Traffic Stop Nets Bundle of Weed

This arrest didn't get much press coverage, but it shows how good police work occurs everyday and how a "routine" act can yield exceptional results.

While on aggressive patrol in the 5th District, TRU Unit beat 4226E noticed a vehicle in which the passenger was holding a small child in the front seat, without a safety seat. 

The officers curbed the vehicle, approached and detected the strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle.  In addition, they saw in plain view what they believed to be a "brick" of weed.  The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody and a search of the vehicle revealed: over 63,000 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of over $400,000!

Both the driver and passenger were subsequently charged with MULTIPLE felonies.

Once again, this proves that the "routine" traffic stop, if executed safely, can yield a good arrest and help to clean up the streets of our City.

Great job to the TRU unit and all of the units that assisted in this arrest. 

Stay safe.

Sixth District Tact Officers Catch Murderer Wanted for Almost Two Years

While on patrol on 27 March 07 in the 9400 block of Calumet, Beats 669A and 669B heard "I got weed, I got weed" being yelled to passing cars by Levester Hill.  When they approached and announced their office, he broke and ran.  After a foot chase he was arrested and charged with soliciting for an unlawful business. 

Although he used an alias (Anthony Thurmond), a subsequent name check revealed he was the subject of an investigative alert out of Area One with probable cause to arrest for murder.  Hill was wanted for the execution style killing that occured on the afternoon of 21 May 2005 at 66th and Rhodes. 

What started out as a "just somebody selling weed" misdemeanor ended up ridding the streets of a cold blooded murderer.  Kudos to Officers Conway, Bryan, Burns and Sgt. OBrien for dotting the i's and crossing the t's in what started out as a routine arrest.

Stay safe.

Retired Youth Officer Ulester Mims, formerly assigned to Area 5 Youth Division, passed away 3 April 2007.  Waked at St. James Church, 4611 S. Ellis, 10 April, 1000-11000 hours. Services to follow.  Interment Oakwoods Cemetery.

Retired Police Officer Raymond Sobczynski, formerly assigned to the 4th District, passed away 7 April 2007.  Waked at Opyt Funeral Home, 13353 S. Baltimore, 9 April, 1400-2000 hours.  St. Jude will meet at 1900 hours.  Services and interment to follow.


Saturday 8 April 07

William F. Bunda....................1924

Sunday 9 April 07

Edward F. Mahek........................1926

Monday 9 April 07

Robert M. Love...........................1919

Robert H. Granger.......................1932

Friday, 06 April 2007

Policeman's Last Inspection....Author Unknown



THE POLICEMAN SQUARED his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry badges can’t always be a Saint. I’ve had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I’ve been violent because the streets are awfully tough. But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep, though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got too steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept many unmanly tears. I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here, they never wanted me around except to calm their fear. If you’ve a place for me Lord, it needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don’t, I’ll understand."

There was silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly, for the judgement of his God. "Step forward now, policeman, you’ve borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets, you’ve done your time in hell."

Unknown Author

Update on PO Andres Zayas

This letter was sent to us regarding our 15 March posting which sought donations of supplies for one of our officers serving in Afghanistan.  Here's a Thank You note and update from the Sgt. who is spearheading the donation effort.  Continue to show your support.

"I don't know who placed the flier up on the blog, but thank you.  Everyone has been very generous for Andres.  He is very appreciative of the outpouring of support being sent from those of us here.  I have sent over 2 forty pound boxes of donated goodies for him and I know some other people have sent boxes as well.  Andres is supposed to be over there until next year so I will continue collecting stuff.

Andres has been keeping in touch with me via email.  He got sick shortly after arriving but is doing well now.  His area has had a few bombings and stuff like that but he is OK.

The people he is working with are reservists from the Marines, the Navy, and the Air Force as well as NATO forces. 

The people at the base have adopted a girls school.  Because the Taliban frown on women being empowered, the school has been targeted.  Nothing has happened so far. The school is in the same poor area that the base is located at. If anyone has any non battery operated toys or school supplies that they would like to donate to some younger children at the school, drop them by and I will be happy to ship them over. 

I am still looking for twin sheets and respirator masks for the troops.  I would like to thank everyone that has dropped off supplies.  I am planning to ship off another box on 13 April 07.  Thank you again and stay safe."

Sgt. Frank Iglinski

Administrative Sergeant

Bureau of Patrol

312-745-6210 Office

312-907-6475 Cell

0306 Pax

312-745-6983 Fax

Retired Police Officer John Siller Jr., formerly assigned to the 10th District, passed away 1 April 2007.  Waked at Bethlehem Star Baptist Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove, 7 April, 1000-1200 hours.  Services to follow.  Interment Lincoln Cemetery.

Narcotics Section Reunion 2007

Narcotics Section Reunion 2007

Friday / May 4, 2007

FOP Banquet Hall 1412 W. Washington Blvd.

Refreshments ~ 6:30 PM               Dinner ~ 7:30 pm

Tickets $40.00 (includes souvenir upon arrival)

Contact one of the below committee members before April 21 to purchase tickets.

Mike Bobko     mpbobko@hotmail.com


Gil Calderon ilcs401@yahoo.com


Tom Donahue tdonahue@chi.hidta.net


Carla Grubisic carlagrubes@sbcglobal.net


Tom Kinsella tkinsella@ccspd.org


Chris Kolman tangotu@ameritech.net


Jack Kozaritz  mrjak1945@comast.net


Brian Luce lucenuts@comcast.net


Jim Marino marino.j@comcast.net


Bill Marley maxmonr@aol.com         


Jerry Masterson jerry.masterson@sbcglobal.net


George Mays



Mike Murphy



Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Announces Hyatt Hotels Donates $50,000

Chicago, IL- March 23, 2007

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation looks to "Never Forget" the sacrifices that have been made for the City of Chicago, its citizens, and businesses when an Officer is killed in the line of duty or meets with a catastrophic injury. The Foundation has been organized for the purposes of paying tribute and providing assistance to those Chicago Police Officers who live each and every day to provide for us. Hyatt Hotels donated fifty thousand dollars the the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation's "Mission Beyond the Memorial"!

About Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Established in 2004 to build the finest law enforcement memorial in the country to Chicago's fallen Police Officers, The Foundation accomplished that goal in September of 2006 with the dedication of Gold Star Families Memorial & Park located on the lake side of Soldier Field.

The Foundation now looks to not only maintain the park and aid the families of fallen officers but to also aid those officers who suffer catastrophic injuries in the line of duty.

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
1359 W. Washington Blvd.


Mr. Scott Arney, President

Thursday, 05 April 2007

Portable Data Terminal Update

Pdt_2The Department of Police is now in the process of upgrading all end-of-life MicroSlate Portable Data Terminals (PDTs) throughout the entire enterprise. This is a massive upgrade program involving thousands of devices and funding from a variety of sources.

Today, eight hundred (900) new Panasonic Toughbook PDTs with high-speed broadband wireless access to CLEAR applications as well as Police Computer-Aided Dispatch (PCAD) functionality have been installed in the following units:

014, 011, 005, 015, 025, 004, 010, 006, TRU, 007, 008, 003, 009, SOS, 024, 013, 001 (starting installation in September) and selected additional units. The next units scheduled for replacement are 018, 002, 022, 021, 012, 017, 016, 02, 019, 020, 189, 701, 124, and various additional units.

By the end of September, new PDTs will have been installed in fifteen (15) districts and various specialized units, with the remaining ten (10) districts to be installed over the course of the next several months.

We anticipate that the replacement program will be complete in all districts by the end of this year. In total, 2,400 MicroSlate PDTs will have been replaced when the project is complete. The Panasonic Toughbooks provide:

  • Data Warehouse inquiry functions
  • Mug shot images
  • DIBS (District Intelligence Bulletin) access
  • Cease and Desist orders
  • PCAD dispatch functionality
  • DOC deployment maps

In the near future, many new applications will be accessible on these devices, including a field-based Contact Card application, incident reporting, and electronic mobile citation-writing (initially two hundred and fifty units will be deployed to five districts). This will include in-car printers and driver's license swipe-card readers. This project is now being tested in Traffic, 009, and 010, with almost two hundred moving violations generated electronically in just the first few weeks of testing.

As new PDTs are installed, removed MicroSlates are refurbished when possible and re-distributed to districts still awaiting brand new PDTs. This ensures minimum levels of functionality while the new PDT installations continue.

Please continue to provide feedback on ways we can improve this and other technology initiatives.


John Chiska........................1928

Bomb and Arson Nabs Teen Firestarters

In response to a number of reports involving suspicious fires started in the16th District, Bomb and Arson investigators established area surveillance to try to catch the offenders.

Detectives set up shop in the areas of the 5700 and 5800 blocks of west Patterson.  After 2 weeks on the lookout for the offenders, the detectives observed three teens setting trash cans on fire in the alley of the 5800 block of west Patterson.

These teens were approached and, with assistance from 16th District units, taken into custody.  Along with the offenders, the Detectives recovered various pieces of evidence which included lighters and lighter fluid.  Subsequent to their arrests, all three offenders admitted to starting 10 fires in the areas bounded by Austin and Central and Irving Park and Addison. 

The oldest offender was a 17 year-old male and the younger two offenders (including a female) were  both 14 years old. All three were charged with  Felony Arson.

Because of the efforts of these detectives, a rash of arsons were solved and these offenders will learn the consequences of their dangerous "child's play".

To Detectives O'Meara and Gnutek of Bomb & Arson and Officer Dineen of Bt. 1634, Good police work.

Wednesday, 04 April 2007

Fallen Heroes


James Cooley....................1927

Tuesday, 03 April 2007

17th District Continues Push Against Violent Offenders

Submitted to CC by the 17th District. Good job. Stay safe.

The following report documents for this month several incidents among many of good work by the 17th District officers.

Weapons Violation                  

4700 Block W. School St. 26MAR07

Responding to a call of shots fired, Ofc. KADUS and Ofc. KACZNSKI of the 1768 Gang Team observed two subjects walking away from them. They approached and observed one OFFENDER to discard an object to the ground. Closer inspection revealed it to be a loaded .380 semi automatic handgun. Both OFFENDERs arrested and transported in for processing, self admitted Latin Kings.

Weapons Violation 4800 Block N. Albany

21MAR07 Responding to a call of a disturbance in the Level 1 Deployment Zone known for high gang activity, Ofc. GIBBELINA and HAMIDEH approached a parked vehicle to speak with the occupants. A protective pat down revealed a "look alike" bb-gun in the form of a Walther semiautomatic handgun. The OFFENDER was placed into custody and charged accordingly in the 17th District Station.

Aggravated Battery 3200 Block W. Lawrence 18MAR07

Responding to a battery just occurred, Ofc. GLASCOTT and RASSO arrived on scene and spoke with the VICTIM. VICTIM stated that while standing on the corner, a group of males approached, yelled KING LOVE and proceeded to beat the VICTIM with a golf club. A check of the area and assistance from the 20 District led to their arrest and custody in the 17th District.


Lieut. Joseph Porebski

Fallen Heroes


April 3

Michael O'Brien..........................1887

Ernest H. Cassidy........................1922

Raymond C. Kelly........................1932

Richard W. Clark.........................1986

20th District Catches Junior Firebug

020th District Success Story for March 2007

On 22 March 2007, Beat 2022 responded to a call of a fire.  The Officers relocated to the fifth floor and observed smoke in the hallway and found that the fire was contained in the apartment's hallway closet.  Victims related that the fire had appeared to start from the closet and that a grandson who had previously been banned from entering the building was seen staying in the unit. 

The Officers then spoke with the building's janitor who claimed that the same grandson had once set a garbage bag on fire and then threw the bag into the dumpster. 

An interview conducted by the reporting Officers, with the grandson revealed that he knowingly placed a lit cigarette on a fabric towel in a storage closet and then fell asleep. Felony charges of Aggravated Arson were approved.

Good job!  Stay safe.

Stay Focused


Officer SheltonClark Officer Clark

Two Charlotte, North Carolina police officers, Sean Clark, 34 and Jeffery Shelton, 35, ( both pictured) responded to a domestic disturbance early Sunday morning.  This would be the last response call for both officers.  Both officers were shot in the parking lot of the apartment complex and later died in the hospital.  The offender, Demetrius Antonio Montgomery, 25, has been charged with two counts of murder. 

Keep both of these officers and their families in your thoughts and prayers. 

Domestic disturbance.......routine traffic stop.......just another street stop..... stay focused, stay sharp and stay safe.

Monday, 02 April 2007

PAX 501


Three and a half years ago, Chicago was the murder capital of the country. 

As the new police Superintendent, my goal was to reduce murders and shootings, making Chicago the safest big city in America.  Since that time the men and women of the Chicago Police Department have made 1 million arrests, recovered more than 45,000 guns, seized more than a billion dollars worth of drugs and shut down 175 open air drug markets run by violent street gangs.  We have accomplished all of this while still responding to over 3 million 911 calls a year. 

We can proudly say that we are no longer the murder capital of the country.

When you compare the last three and a half years with the previous three and a half years, we have had 600 fewer murders and 8000 fewer shootings.  Together, we have saved lives and many Chicago families from grieving.  While violent crime is rising nationally, it’s decreasing in Chicago.

We should all be proud of that.

I will not forget that you are the ones who risk your lives everyday to protect the citizens of Chicago.  Last year we dedicated the finest police memorial in the country to honor the 520 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.  It never would have happened without your support, and I thank you for it. 

Recently I’ve heard many reporters talk about a blue wall or blue line.   In reality, there is a blue line and it’s the line that you walk every day to separate the criminals from the good citizens.   Even though you have families, each day you pin your star on your chest and strap a gun on your hip to walk that line.

Not many people would be willing to go into a dark alley in response to a man with a gun call.  As a Chicago cop, you do it everyday without hesitation.

After 37 years with the Chicago Police Department, the time has come for me to announce my retirement.  I will stay on while the police board conducts a search for my successor.   You, the men and women of this department deserve nothing less. 

Finally, I want to thank all of you for your hard work these past three and a half years.   I encourage all of you to rise above any controversy and stay focused on the mission.

Chicago is a better place because of you.

God bless all of you and God bless the Chicago Police Department.

And remember…stay safe and make sure at the end of your tour of duty you go home safely to your family.

30th Anniversary LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Set to Run on October 7, 2007

Ever dreamed of running a marathon?
Registration for  2007 is NEARLY FULL!!!
Join the CPD Memorial Marathon Team in their inaugural year at the 30th Anniversary LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2007.

Incredible amenities and prizes! Private tent in Charity Village!

Post-race party! Expert advice and training programs!

For more information, visit www.cpdmemorial.org/run or call312-745-5286.

Sunday, 01 April 2007

16th District CAPS Implements Strategy to Reduce Thefts

The 016th District, hosted a 016th District and O'Hare Business Corridor Theft Prevention Seminar to provide valuable information and to promote networking of the 500 or so businesses located within this densely populated commercial high‑rise corridor. 

This area is located in Beat 1614 and this Beat accounted for 140 or 12% of the 1,203 Theft from Vehicle incidents within the 016th District for the Year 2006.  To accomplish this strategy, members of the 016th District Community Policing Office visited and created a database of all the property managers, selected large tenants and hotel operators which were than formally invited to attend.

On 29 Mar 07, approximately 75 business representatives, along with the Chiefs of Police from the surrounding suburbs, attended the 016th District seminar held at the Renaissance Hotel, 8500 W. Bryn Mawr.  For this meeting, the Commander, along withrepresentatives from CPD Preventive Programs, CPD Home Land Security, Crime Stoppers and the CFD, addressed: 016 District demographics, theft from vehicle prevention strategies, building security site surveys, Crime Stopper’s initiatives, ICLEAR citizen crime mapping, terrorism recognition, building evacuations and networking through a power point slide show.

This strategy resulted in an extremely powerful, informational and well received crime prevention business seminar.