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Saturday, 30 June 2007

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Charles J. Speaker..... 1941

Micheal Lukaszewski..... 1975

Brian T. Strouse..... 2001

Friday, 29 June 2007

Professional Work Yields Positive Results

SALUTE Area 5 Detective Division salutes: Evidence Technician J. Klusmann On 11 Jan. 07 a Game Stop store was robbed by two offenders, one armed with a handgun. The offenders forced the victim to the back room, forced him to his knees and threatened to shoot him. The above E/T was able to lift one fingerprint from a game touched by one of the offenders. An AFIS hit was reported which led to the arrest of one offender who in turn gave up the other offender. Both offenders were arrested and charged accordingly. Thanks for a job well done.

Always Remembered

SPECIAL EVENT

All Department members are invited to attend a memorial ceremony in honor of 012 District Police Officer Brian Strouse who was killed in the line of duty in June 2001. The event will take place on 29 Jun. 07, 1700 hours at 1341W. 18th Pl. This brief ceremony recognizes Officer Strouse’s sacrifice made 6 years ago.

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Two Gang Related Homicides Quickly Cleared

On June 25th, at approximately 1800 hours, in two separate parts of the city, a 13 year old female victim and a 20 year old male victim both become homicide statistics. In both of these instances, Chicago Police officers had the offenders in custody within hours of the shootings.  There is no doubt that the Department does excellent work in arresting these gang bangers and clearing homicides.  It is unfortunate that truly innocent victims continue to become the carnage of this idiotic gang culture.

The 1st homicide was highly publicized because of the 13 year old victim.  She was playing in a school yard when rival gangs were flashing signs at each other.  Tony Serrano, 17 and Mwenda Murith, 26, pull out a gun and start shooting.  Both of these clowns are Imperial Gangsters.  The 26 year old orders the 17 year old to do the shooting.  Unfortunately for Schanna Gayden, 13, she died of a GSW to the head.  The excellent police work of Officers E. Pagan, C. Park, S. Mazur, H. Martinez and M. Hoyas from 14 Tact resulted in 1st Degree Murder charges against both offenders.

The 2nd homicide was not so highly publicized because it was on the East side and involved a 20 year not so innocent  gang member.  Dariel Webber, 17, was arrested after being identified by witnesses as the shooter of Guadalupe Ramirez, 20, a Latin Dragon.  Ramirez died of GSW to the chest.  The exact gang relationship of Webber is unclear at this time, but you know he is a banger.  Officers from 4 Tact quickly arrested Webber.  Again, the excellent police response of J. Luna, B Halloran, S. Spremo and R. Arroyo take this offender off of the street.  A second offender has be ID'd and paper work is in progress to bring him back to the State.

Nice work.  Stay Safe!

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Wayne J. Klacza...... 1983

Johnny L. Martin..... 1990

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Bike Team from Central Control Group Stop a Man from Jumping into the River

At 1810 hours, 26 Jun 07, Chicago Police Officers Robert Montelongo and Juan Salazar of the Central Control Group were on bike patrol in the vicinity of 401 N. Lake Shore when they observed an individual that fit the description of a wanted offender.  As the officers approached this subject he immediately started to run and began yelling "I want to die".  He then jumped off the bridge and the quick thinking Officer Montelongo, while still on his bike strapped to the pedals, was able to reach through the rails and catch the subject by his wrist.  Montelongo was able to hold on until Salazar came to assist.  Both officers maintained their grip on the subject as he attempted to pull away.  Two unkown citizens came to the aid of the officers and the four of them were able to pull the subject over the rail.  The depressed individual was transported to Northwestern for psychological evaluation.  Both officers sustained scrapes and bruises but will both be OK.

Quick thinking by alert police officers saved a man's life.  Good work.  Stay Safe!

Investigative Alerts Also Work

On 19 May 07, Charles Carpenter was gunned down at 2556 E 79th St. On 20 May 07, the detective division issued an Investigative Alert for Timothy Simmons as the person who shot and killed Charles Carpenter. 004th District personnel maintained a lookout for the wanted subject. On 23 Jun 07, their efforts paid off. Officers Spaargaren and Badus observed Timothy Simmons sitting on a porch at 8012 S Burnham. The officers along with the assistance of Tactical Officers Hodges and Otten attempted to take the suspect into custody. Upon  seeing the officers the suspect fled on foot. After a brief foot chase the subject was taken into custody. The offender was taken to Area 2 for further investigation and charging.

Good job guys.  Stay safe.

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Patrick J. Daley..... 1926

SPECIAL EVENT
On Saturday, 7 Jul. 07 Join us for an unforgettable evening full of family fun, inspiring role-models and thrilling basketball. We will honor the city’s heroes, police officers and firefighters throughout the game. We’ll also honor Officer RonaldHolt and Captain Annette Holt, parents of Blair Holt. Children of police officers and firefighters will have a chance to participate in the High Five Tunnel and Ball Exchange. A portion of every ticket will go toward the Blair Holt Scholarship fund. For more info contact Officer Dale Caridine Unit132 at (312) 745-5838 ex. 84645, just visit the Chicago Sky web-site.

www.chicagosky.net.

SPECIAL EVENT

All Department members are invited attend a memorial ceremony in honor of 012

th District Police Officer Brian Strouse who was killed in the line duty in June 2001. The event will take place on 29 Jun. 07, 1700 hours at 1341 W. 18th Pl. This brief ceremony recognizes Officer Strouse’s sacrifice made 6 years ago.

ARE YOU AWARE?

The Chicago Police Department, Chicago Park District and the Mayors Office will be hosting Hooked on Fishing for many of the city’s youth at parks  throughout the city. Hooked on Fishing is an opportunity for many of the city’s youth to experience fishing. The subsequent dates are as follows:

30 June Jackson Park Lagoon

14 July Montrose Harbor

21 July Columbus Park Lagoon

28 July Sherman Park Lagoon

4 Aug. Garfield Park

Any officers who desire to volunteer to assist in this effort please contact the CAPS Implementation Office at 312 747-9987.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

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Robert Gibbons---------------------------1922

If it wasn't for bad luck, some offenders would have no luck at all

Off-duty 18th District officer Juan Cano was 1900 N. Kingsbury at 1140 hrs when he was approached by Dominick Vasquez, 27, who asked Cano if he wanted to buy a Russian Rifle and a Black Powder Pistol.  When Cano asked how much he was told $350 for the rifle and $200 for the pistol.  Cano told Vasquez he did not believe he had any guns.  Vasquez being the good salesmen he is proceeds to a vehicle where he has the driver Phillip Brady pop the trunk and low and behold there is a Romanian M 44, 7.62 caliber bolt action rifle and 16 inch Black Powder revolver.  Bad enough both guns are in the trunk, as Cano is examining the rifle he discovers a round in the chamber.  Cano, being the good cop that he is, tells Vasquez that he does not have that kind of money with him, but asks Vasquez for a pen and his phone number.  Vasquez did not have a pen so Cano volunteers to go get one.  When Cano leaves he immediately calls 18 Tact and Daniel Lombard and Timothy Westbrooks respond and take Vasquez into custody.  By the way, Vasquez also had two tin foil packs of heroin on his person.  Brady had sense enough not to wait for Cano to come back and fled in the vehicle.  A flash was immediately put out and the vehicle was stopped by 18th District Officers William Garcia and Brenna Scanlan with an assist from Officers Luis Molina and Ronald Gibbs of Special Operations.  One vehicle, two weapons, two bad guys in custody.  Not a bad days work for an off-duty police officer.  By the way, Brady was a city employee.  The Inspector Generals office was notified. 

Good work by all involved.  Stay safe!

Meeting for Hockey Players and Pipers Wanted

MEETING NOTICE

The FOP Stars Hockey Club will have a meeting on Wednesday, 27 Jun. 07 at the FOP Hall, 1412 W. Washington Blvd, at 1200 hours, regarding the upcoming 2007/2008 season. All current

and future players are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Jim Bailey (773) 919-4865, or at the website, www.chicagopolicehockey.org.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Pipe and Drums of the Chicago Police Department welcomes all active Chicago Police Officers interested in belonging to our band. Positions for Color Guard, Bagpiper and Drummer are open. Bagpipe and drum instruction is offered within the band. The band practices at the Education and Training Division, 1300 W. Jackson Blvd., every Tuesday at 1800 hours. All are welcomed.  For more information contact Danny McGuire at (773) 582-4053 or John W. Ryan at (312) 617-4855.   Learn more about our band at www.pdcpd.org.

Monday, 25 June 2007

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William Gallagher..... 1929

Morris Friedman..... 1945

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William Gallagher------------------------1929

Morris Friedman--------------------------1945

Superintendent to Hold Honored Star Case Ceremony

SPECIAL EVENT

On Wednesday, 27 June 2007, at 0930 hours, the Superintendent will have an Honored Star Case  ceremony where the stars of the following officers will be retired:

Patrolman John J. Sacht

Patrolman Edwin E. Peppard

Police Officer James R. Scannell

Police Officer William S. Bodnar

Police Officer Thomas A. Wodarczyk

Sergeant John J. Collins

The ceremony will be held in the lobby of the Chicago Police Central Headquarters building, 3510 S. Michigan Avenue. Access into the building will be limited to the Michigan Avenue entrance. Exempt members attending the ceremony should be in seasonal dress uniform, wool hat, no band, short sleeve shirt and wool pants. All other officers are requested to wear the uniform of the day. For further information, contact the Special Activities Section at 745-5844 or Pax 0207.

Saturday, 23 June 2007

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William J. Allison----1925

Thomas W. Kehoe----1927

James C. Farley---1927

4th District Tact Team Follows Up on Alert, Arrests Robbery Offender

On 20 Jun 07, the Daily Bulletin listed Jeffery Dandridge as wanted for the Armed Robbery which occurred at 7901 S South Chicago. Members of Tactical Team 463, Darko & Lewis, ran the subject for possible  connections to the 004th District. The officers located an address within the district and found that the vehicle the offender may be driving was also registered in the 004th District. The officers relocated to that address and found the wanted offender walking in the area. The offender was placed under arrest and felony charges have been approved for Robbery: Armed with Firearm.

Bottom Line:  Good police work by conscientious officers yield another good arrest.

Job well done.  Stay safe.

Friday, 22 June 2007

Employee Resource Center - Up and Running on the Intranet

This valuable information resource is now up and running on the Department's Intra-net.  The Employee Resource Center offers information and links to assist personnel with a multitude of duty-related documents, professional associations, benefit information and support services, in one central location. 

The following services are available with the appropriate links to each:  Beneficiary Update, Chaplains Unit,  Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation,  Credit Union,  Deferred Compensation, Disability Information, Domestic Violence, Employee Resource Service Division, Finance, FOP Lodge #7, FOP Illinois State Lodge, Lieutenant's Association, Medical Service Section, Military Deployment, Officer Next Door Housing, Pension Board and Financial Planning, Police Survivors, Police Survivors National Association, Professional Counseling, Sergeant's Association, Special Activities, Tuition Reimbursement, Update Next of Kin Video, What My Family Should Know.

There is a lot of information available at this one stop location.  If you need any assistance or if you know of another police officer that can use any of the above mentioned help, please refer them to this I-Clear site on the Intra-net.  As the Superintendent points out, we are family members.  We must take care of each other.

Stay Safe!

Every Now and Then a "Hunch" Pays Off

On the 20th of June at 2220 hours, at 811 N. Clark street, a 37 year old male victim was using an ATM and removing the money when he was approached by a male offender demanding the money.  The victim refused and a struggle ensued.  The bad guy produces a box cutter and slashes the victim several times and takes off with the victims cell phone.  The victim sustained minor lacerations, was treated and released.  In the preliminary report the victim stated the offender resembled Samuel Jackson, the actor.  Following up with good police work, or a good hunch, Area #3 Detectives Thomas Boyce, Brian Finnegan, Brian Gibbons and Patrick Purdy and Sgt. Michael Ogliore went to the YMCA at 30 W. Chicago and asked the security guard if any of the residence in the building resembled  Samuel Jackson.  The guard immediately said yes and gave up Richard Mason, M/B/49.  The detectives then went to the 18th District and pulled up a prior arrest photo of Mason, put it into a photo-line up and presented it to the victim who immediately id'd Mason as the offender.  The detectives returned to the YMCA where Mason was arrested, placed into a physical line up and again positively identified as the offender of the robbery.

No doubt about it, the harder these guys work, the luckier they get.  Good investigative work takes another armed offender off the streets. 

Stay safe.

Community Alerts do work

On the 9th of June at 1500 hours, a 10-year old female was sexually abused by a male offender as she was walking on the 5100 block of South St. Louis.  The Special Investigations Unit Detectives Castaneda and Bellomy were assigned.  After an emergency VSI interview was conducted the detectives were able to formulate a composite of the offender and a Community Alert was issued.  Various investigative leads were reported including information that the offender was seen driving a white Ford Ranger with Texas plates.  On the 20th of June, 8th District Tactical Officers Hayman and Trost spotted a similar vehicle and through further investigation, located the owner.  The owner fit the description of the wanted offender from the Community Alert.  The owner was arrested and taken to 008.  A physical line up could not be conducted due to the age of the offender and the unavailability of finding 70 year old fill ins.  A photo line up was conducted and the victim and witnesses positively id'd the offender.Andres Torres, M/H/66 of 6151 N. Keeler was charged with  2 counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.

Good police work by a team of professionals takes a sexual predator off the streets.  Great work.  Stay safe.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

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Patrick J. McGovern--------------------1925

Thomas J. Johnson---------------------1931

Employment Opportunity

The Commander of Special Events acts  as a liaison to film production companies that hire sworn full-duty department members under the rank of Lieutenant who are allowed to work in uniform while off duty. Participants are considered atwill employees of the production companies.  The labor agreements between the city and department members do not govern employment by the production companies. Informational session about this program will be held in the multi-purpose room at headquarters on the following date and time: Saturday, 23 Jun. 07 at 1200 hours. This session will cover the same information, including pay rates, rules, and conditions of employment. Participants must pre register for this orientation session via CPD internet, click on CLEAR APPLICATIONS and log in.  Under the Bureaus heading, click on Office of the First Deputy Superintendent Administration. Under Special Events Registration/Movies ding, click onto Request for Event, under Movies, choose Orientation Informational Sessions from the drop down box and choose the session to attend. Special Events phone number is (312) 745-5257.

Hats off to 25th District Robbery/Public Violence Team

Chicago Police Officers from the 25th District's Robbery and Public Violence Team took two into custody after executing a search warrant at 1809 N. LeClaire.  The team executed a search warrant at the Northwest side home and netted more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of marijuana along with an AK-47 and a 22 caliber semi-auto hand gun.

On the morning of June 20th, at 1030 hours, when the warrant was executed, officer discovered Ramon Gomez in bed with a loaded AK-47 within reach under the mattress. along with the 22 caliber hand gun.  Felipe Cortez was found in the second bedroom with the stash of reefer.

Appropriate charges were filed against both individuals, the dope and more importantly the
AK-47 was taken off the street.  Good work by some heads up coppers.  Stay safe.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Commander of Special Events acts as a liaison to film production companies that hire sworn full-duty department members under the rank of Lieutenant who are allowed to work in uniform while off duty. Participants are considered atwill employees of the production companies.

The labor agreements between the city and department members do not govern employment by the production companies. Informational sessions about this program will be held in the multi-purpose room at headquarters on the following dates and times: Wednesday, 20 Jun. 07 at 1800 hours, Thursday 21 Jun. 07 at 1400 hours and Saturday, 23 Jun. 07 at 1200 hours. All sessions will cover the same information, including pay rates, rules, and conditions of employment.

Participants must pre register for these orientation  sessions via CPD internet, click on CLEAR  APPLICATIONS and log in. Under the Bureaus heading, click on Office of the First Deputy Superintendent Administration. Under Special Events Registration/Movies heading, click onto Request for Event, under Movies, choose Orientation Informational Sessions from the drop down box and choose the session to attend. Special Events phone number is (312) 745-5257.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION

Representative Neil Cook from Nationwide Retirement Solutions, (Deferred Compensation), will be at Police Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday, 21 Jun., 07 in the vendeteria on the second floor from 1030-1430 hours.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Chicago Police Department Regimental Concert Chorale is rehearsing to sing at U.S. Cellular Field for the Police/Fire night Sox game in August. CFD personnel will also be joining us for this event. If you would also like to join us, come to our next rehearsal: 21 Jul. 07, 0930 until 1100 hours at the Education and Training Division. For more information call (773) 294-3427.

Evidence Technician, Al Hernandez, assigned to Evidence Technician Team-South, passed away 17 June 2007. Services St. Daniel the Prophet Church, 5300 S. Natoma, 21 Jun., 0930 hours. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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Retired Police Officer Ronald Rokos, formerly assigned to the 18th District, passed away 13 June 2007. Waked at Thornridge Funeral Home, 14318 S. LaGrange Rd., Orland Park, IL., 21 Jun., 1500-2000 hours. St. Jude will meet at 1900 hours. Services St. Francis of Assisi Church, 15050 Wolf Rd., Orland Park, IL., 22 Jun., 1000 hours. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2007

002nd District Officers Arrest Offender in Double Homicide

On 04 Jun 07,  a double homicide occurred in the 002nd District at 4637 S. Prairie at 2246 hrs (DOC Area).  When R/O's responded to the scene, they observed victim #1 laying in the street face down and victim #2 laying on the sidewalk motionless. Both victims succumbed to their injuries at Northwestern Hospital. 
R/O's were able to recover a weapon in a dumpster, in the alley near the scene, that they suspected may have been used to commit the homicide.  Subsequently, an investigative alert was issued in regards to the incident. 
002nd District Officer Randall Lawrence continued to investigate this incident and was able to learn the name of the offender as well as the offender's place of employment.  Officer Lawrence related this information to the A1/ Detective Division and the 002nd District Gang Team 268. 
The 002nd District Gang Team 268 along with Officer Lawrence , Officer Gale, and Officer Walker learned the whereabouts of the offender and relocated to the 007th District, where they were able to apprehend the offender and take him into custody without incident. 
Thanks to these Officers' excellent investigative work a murderer was removed from the streets of Chicago!  Good job guys!!!
In Custody:  Hogan, Eric: Charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder
Gang:  Black Gangsters
Too often, lives are lost due to senseless gang violence.  We applaud these officers for continuing the fight against this foolishness.  Officers like this stand in the gap between criminals who don't care about the value of life, and those of us who simply work hard to enjoy life.
Stay safe.

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Oscar Brosseau--------------------------1933

SPECIAL EVENT

The Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Dept. is looking for pipers & drummers. No experience is necessary & instruction is free.

Join us for an informational meeting on 21 Jun 07 at 1830 hrs at the Education & Training Division or contact Det. J Harmening at (773) 410-9779. We Honor Our Fallen.

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 24 Jun. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nangle at  (312) 738-7588.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

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William G. Gagler ................1932

Kenneth G. Kaner................1970

23rd District CAPS Keeps Connected to Neighborhood

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After the 2313 beat meeting, residents, streets and sanitation and the police walked the beat together to address crime, disorder and quality of life issues. 
This partnership resulted in several city service requests and the issuance of an ANOV citation. 
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The community policing office would like to thank the residents for their proactive approach to address these issues.
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Job well done!

Monday, 18 June 2007

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Commander of Special Events acts as a liaison to film production companies that hire sworn full-duty department members under the rank of Lieutenant who are allowed to work in uniform while off duty. Participants are considered atwill employees of the production companies.

The labor agreements between the City and department members do not govern employment by the production companies. Informational  sessions about this program will be held in the multi-purpose room at headquarters on the following dates and times: Tuesday, 19 Jun. 07 at 0930 hours, Wednesday, 20 Jun. 07 at 1800 hours, Thursday 21 Jun. 07 at 1400 hours and Saturday, 23 Jun. 07 at 1200 hours. All sessions will cover the same information, including pay rates, rules, and conditions of employment.

Participants must pre register for these orientation sessions via CPD internet, click on CLEAR APPLICATIONS and log in. Under the Bureaus heading, click on Office of the First Deputy Superintendent Administration. Under Special Events Registration/Movies heading, click onto Request for Event, under Movies, choose Orientation Informational Sessions from the drop down box and choose the session to attend. Special Events phone number is (312) 745-5257.

-THANK YOU!

All Chicago Police Department and O.E.M.C. Personnel assigned to the Puerto Rican Festival 12-17 Jun. 07. You handled large crowds and heavy traffic during extreme weather conditions while displaying the highest level of professionalism. Your efforts resulted in providing a safe environment for families to enjoy the festival. You are a credit to yourselves and the City of Chicago.

-THANK YOU!

Samuel T. Christian
Deputy Chief
Area Five Patrol

DEATH NOTICE Retired Police Officer Thomas Cahill, formerly assigned to Airport Law Enforcement Unit-North, passed away 15 June 2007. Services St. Paul of the Cross Church, 320 S. Washington, Park Ridge, IL., 19 Jun.,1000 hours. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

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Memorial Motorcycle Ride

SPECIAL EVENT

Area Four Detective Division is sponsoring their 3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation. This event will take place on Sunday, 29 July 07.

To register on line please go to www.area4ridetoremember.com. For day of ride registration, please arrive at Area Four (3151 W. Harrison) at 0800 hrs. The ride will begin promptly at 1000 hrs.

For more information please contact Det. Thomas Flaherty at Cold Case Squad 312-746-9690.

Quick Response Nabs Robbery Suspects, Earns Salute

Area One Detective Division Salutes the following 007th District Police Officers: P.O. A. Palermo, P.O. L. Solana, F.T.O. J. Ready, P.P.O. S. Toms, P.O. B. Reyes, P.O. N. Pocius,

On 04 Apr. 07, The Officers responded to a robbery in progress at 67th & Ashland. Upon arrival in the area, the Officers observed the two offenders in separate locations a few blocks from the crime scene matching the description. The offenders were placed into custody and a show up was conducted, whereupon, the victim positively identified both offenders as the subjects who robbed him.

Due to the officers attention to duty and rapid response to the scene of the crime, two dangerous offenders were taken off our city streets. Thanks for a job well done.

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Michael A. Madigan...... 1926

Saturday, 16 June 2007

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Richard J. Burke..... 1919

Thomas W. Burke..... 1921

John J. Blyth..... 1956

Robert J. Strugala..... 1974

Friday, 15 June 2007

Superintendent's Retirement Party

There will be a retirement party on Friday, 03 August 2007 honoring the career of Superintendent Philip J. Cline.

The party will be held at :
Hyatt Regency Hotel
151 E. Wacker Drive
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
6:00 to 10: 00 p.m.

For Tickets Contact:

P.O. Peggy Mizera
312-745-5912 or 312-735-9621

P.O. Irma Coutinho
312-745-5912 or 312-735-8619

Please Note:

The Hyatt Regency needs an attendee count by the last week of July so it is necessary that tickets be purchased before July 20, 2007.

Tickets will not be sold at the door on the day of the event.

Father's Day Celebration

A Fathers Day mass will be celebrated on Sunday 17 June 2007 at 1000 hours at the Chicago Police Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Bring a lawn chair to sit on. All police families are welcome and encouraged to bring a picnic for afterward to enjoy the beautiful space dedicated to the Chicago Police Department.

Exit LSD at 18th St. and be directed to free parking at the Waldron Deck. For further information (and in case of rain cancellation) contact Fr. Nagle at (312) 738-7588.

SWAT Team Brings Joy to Make-A-Wish Foundation Event

This letter was sent to CC by Nancy Elliot from the Make A Wish Foundation.  In June officers from the SWAT team attended an event sponsored by the Foundation.  The officers interacted with the children and helped to make the event a great success.   The complete text of her letter appears below.  We appreciate her words and thank the officers who participated.


"Thank you for contacting me. Our party was a smashing success, thanks to the help and participation of your wonderful policemen and SWAT team. They were kind enough to bring their gear and actually dressed the children in it. That made for great photo opportunities.

The smiles went from ear to ear, girls and boys alike.

In fact, one small girl was so inspired, she said she wanted to become a member of a SWAT team when she grows up. That's the type of comment we love to hear. Positive influences can go a long way with their disabilities. We had some worries prior to the party that the
children might be afraid, but were pleasantly surprised by the excitement your men generated. The children flocked to them as they circulated, answered questions, posed for pictures, and had one-on-one contact. I only wish the public could have seen the dedication and community service your force provided.

All too often, the media publicizes the negative and fails to report on the positive. These children were given a great opportunity and experienced personal contact with the Chicago Police Department and will hopefully carry those memories into adulthood. Thank you, Chicago Police.

You Are Wonderful!

Sincerely hoping to do this again in the future,

Nancy Elliott
Volunteer For Make A Wish"

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Anthony Cannata..... 1953

Thursday, 14 June 2007

DEATH NOTICES

Detective Darlene Vosis, Star #20284, assigned to Area 3 Detective Division, passed away 13 June 2007. Waked at Blake and Lamb Funeral Home, 5800 W. 63rd St., 15 Jun., 1400-2100 hours. St. Jude will meet at 1900 hours. Services St. Fabian Church, 8300 S. Thomas, Bridgeview, IL., 16 Jun., 1015 hours. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

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Retired Police Officer Ronald Moore, formerly assigned to the 18th District, passed away 10 June 2007. Waked at New Zion Baptist Church, 1960 W. 13th St., 15 Jun., 1000-1030 hours. St. Jude will meet at 1000 hours. Services to follow. Interment Veterans Cemetery of Joliet.

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Retired Police Officer James E. Czekalski, passed away 11 June 2007.  Services at St. Priscilla Church, 6969 W. Addison, 14 June, 1000 hours.  Interment St. Joseph Cemetery.

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12th District Mission Team Catches Copper Wire Thieves

The 12th District's Burglary/Theft Mission Team arrested two men who are charged with stealing copper wires from telephone poles and residences.  After completing numerous theft reports, 12th district officers and area detectives identified a pattern of thefts that involved cable wires containing copper.

The Team set up surveillance in the area and they see two offenders  cutting wires from a utility pole.  They arrest the offenders and recover knives and saws from the scene.

While this may not seem like a "big deal", consider this:

AT & T sent documentation showing how much it cost to repair the damage, replace wiring and restore service.  These knuckleheads who took the wires caused over $26,000 worth of damage and labor costs (including the actual value of the stolen wires).  This estimate doesn't even include the cost incurred due to the time customers had no service.

Think about that.  When this goes on unnoticed or unchecked, who ends up having to shell out more money in the end?  That's right you and me.  Those of us who go to work to pay our bills and take care of our families pay the price for these types of thefts.

This was simply a great job by the 12th District.  The beat officers did good preliminary investigative work and wrote good paper.  The Mission Team took the time to identify the pattern and to conduct good surveillance. . . and got good results.

To Sgt. Rybka and P.O.'s Gemskie, Martin and Mathews of the Mission Team, Job well done.

Stay safe.

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Nels Hansen  .........................  1886

Recruits Graduate Today at Navy Pier

A graduation ceremony will be held for Chicago Police Recruit Class 06-12 at the Navy Pier Sky Line Theatre on Thursday, 14 June 2007, at 9:30 am.

We welcome this class of 82 recruits and wish them well in their careers. 

Men and women of the Chicago Police Department, continue to rely on your training.   

Most of all, BE SAFE.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Retired Police Officer Edward Kennedy, passed away 7 June 2007.  Services Holy Name Cathedral Chapel, 30 E. Superior, 13 June, 1000 hours.  Interment private.

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Celebrate Father's Day With Us

CHAPLAINS CORNER

A Fathers Day Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 17 Jun. 07, 1000 ours at the Chicago Police Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Bring a lawn chair to sit on. All police families are welcomed and encouraged to bring a picnic for afterward to enjoy the beautiful space dedicated to the Chicago Police Department. Exit LSD at 18th St. and be directed to free parking at the Waldron Deck. For further information (and in case of rain cancellation) contact Fr. Nangle at (312) 738-7588.

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Timothy Sullivan ..............................  1888

Charles B. Walsh ..............................  1925

Harold F. Olson  ...............................  1925

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Special Investigations Unit

The word "Special" does not even scrape the surface in describing how unique the men and women assigned to the Special Investigations Unit are.  These dedicated police officers have been doing this work long before any of the Law and Order TV programs were on the air.  They investigate sex crimes against children ages 0-12 when it is not family related and 0-17 when family members are involved.  The reaction of most of coppers after reading the previous post is predictable.  The well trained investigators from SIU have taken the challenge of following a much different approach.  They are able to investigate the crime but in the vast majority of the cases they get a written statement from the offender.  Sexual abuse cases that involve babies and children who are the victims of incest require very special investigative techniques.  The Chicago Police Department working with DCFS and the State Attorneys office at the Children's Advocacy Center have really set the standard for these types of investigations.  The center opened in August of 2001.  When a child is interviewed about the abuse that has taken place, every effort to minimize the trauma is taken.  A certified forensic interviewer will talk to the child as a detective from SIU takes notes, a Assistant State Attorney is there as well as DCFS, all observing from another location. 

This is just a small segment of the police department that operates very effectively and quietly on a daily basis.  They investigate crimes that the average person does not even want to think about let alone realize these horrendous acts do in fact take place in our city.  Every day police officers go above and beyond what is expected of them trying to protect the people of Chicago.  More often than not this will go un-noticed by the major media as this is not  deemed "news worthy".  No police officer worth their salt needs media recognition to know they are doing a professional job that most people want no part of.  The Chicago Police Department's motto is "We Serve and Protect".  In our hearts, we all know that the most innocent in our society, the children, need the most protection. 

The men and women of the Special Investigations Unit are a special breed.  Thanks for the work you do every day and thanks for watching out for the babies.   

Heads Up Policing Takes a Sexual Predator Off the Street

Beat 822 was responding to a call at 2252 hrs on 10 June 07 when they observed something really out of the ordinary at 2917 W. 63rd.  A 12 year old male was laying on a couch in the alley and had his pants pulled down.  A 43 year old man, Manuel Flores, 3121 W. 71st Street,  was on top of the boy with his pants down sexually assaulting him.  Officers C. Honkisz and E.Clark took the offender into custody.  The offender stated he gave the boy money for sex.  The victim was taken to the hospital, the offender taken to Area #1 where Special Investigations Unit Detectives J. Vogel and M. DeLaTorre obtained written statements from the offender and had charges of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child approved.  There was a second mope at the scene watching what was taking place.  Unfortunately there was no basis to charge him with a crime at that point, but he did have an outstanding DUI warrant-- so he is also in jail.  He is Nicholas Diaz, 34, of 4827 S. Seeley. 

This is a classic example of what the police see and do on a daily basis.  Two dogs are removed from an alley and taken to a kennel where they belong.  Great work by the Beat Cops and the Special Investigations Unit. 

 

Re-Review of a 2002 Murder leads to charges

On the 14th of November, 2002, Jessie Miller, 24, of 8412 S. Oglesby was found dead in his home.  The investigation at that time revealed the victim and his father LeRoy Alexander, 53, argued over a family related embezzlement scheme.  The post revealed the victim sustained a puncture to the head via the nasal cavity to the brain and it was ruled a homicide.  These facts and available evidence was presented to the Cook County State Attorney's Office and charges were rejected .  At that point the case was then Ex-Cleared/Closed - Bar to Prosecution. 

It is truly amazing that when a case is re-reviewed by the State Attorney's Office, after the Civil case is heard, strange events start to take place.    On June 7, 2007, Area 2 Detectives were contacted and told to re-arrest LeRoy Alexander and this time charges for murder were approved. 

Now maybe the victim can really rest in peace.

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Timothy Mahoney-----------------------1881

William J. Russell-----------------------1909

Peter H. Ostiller  ------------------------1918

Monday, 11 June 2007

Officer Risks Life. . . Saves Woman from Drowning

At about 2230 hrs on 09 June, Bike Unit officers were on patrol in the 021st District in the area of 31st and Lake Shore Drive.  The officers were flagged down by a citizen who stated he saw a woman standing near the water talking on her phone. . . and then he heard a splash.

Officer Carl Carter of Bt. 2106C, an 11 yr. veteran on the job, searched the area for the victim, located her and jumped into the waters at the 31st  Street Beach to save her.  Officer Carter was able to safely return the woman to the shore, where she was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

A police officer SAVES a life. . . nary a word is mentioned about it.

We commend this officer for risking his own safety to save this young woman.  I asked him why he went in the water, instead of waiting for the Fire Department.  He said, "I saw that this woman was drowning before my eyes. . . I couldn't let that happen.  I had to do something."

I'm sure this officer would say that he was "just doing his job".  We appreciate his effort, dedication and bravery.

Job well done to all the units who responded and to the citizen who took the time to alert the police.

Come Celebrate Father's Day Mass in Memorial Park

Father's Day Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 17 June, 1000 hours in our own park just east of Soldier Field: the Chicago Police Memorial/Gold Star Families Park. Bring a lawn chair to sit on.Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day afterward in a beautiful space dedicated to the CPD. All police families are warmly welcomed.

Exit LSD at 18th Street and be directed to free parking at the Waldron Deck. 

Further info (and in case of rain cancellation info) : Fr. Nangle 312-738-7588.

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Edward E. Dean--------------------------1925

DEATH NOTICES

Retired Police Officer William Casey, formerly assigned to the 1st District, passed away 6 June 2007. Waked at Brady Gill Funeral Home, 16600 S. Oak Park, Tinley Park, IL., 10 Jun., 1400- 2100 hours. St. Jude will meet at 1000 hours. Services St. Stephens Church, 17500 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL., 11 Jun., 1000 hours. Interment private.

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Retired Police Officer James Heneghan Sr., formerly assigned to the 21st District, father of Police Officer James Heneghan Jr., assigned to the 1st District and Evidence Technician John Heneghan, assigned to Evidence Technician Team-South, passed  away 6 June 2007. Waked at Kenny Brothers Funeral Home, 3600 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, IL., 10 Jun., 1500-2100 hours. St. Jude will meet at 1900 hours. Services St. Christina Church, 3332 W. 111th St., 11 Jun., 0930 hours.

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Saturday, 09 June 2007

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Earl K. Leonard..... 1929

Edward M. O'Donnell.....1931

Friday, 08 June 2007

Good Policing Clears Two Gang Related Homicides

On 04 June 07, Enrique Chavez (14 yrs old) was the victim of a homicide in the 4900 block of S. Racine.  Area 1 Detectives arrived on scene, and with the assistance of responding officers, conducted an investigation that yielded information on the offenders.

With the help of witnesses and through good investigative techniques, detectives arrested and charged GUTIERREZ, Jose (17) with 1st Degree Murder and Felony Obstruction of Justice. Another offender, MCSWAIN, Darius (19), was also arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder and Attempted Armed Robbery.

These arrests and charges were finalized TWO DAYS after the incident.

Area 1 detectives also made an arrest for a second Homicide that also occurred on 04 June 07.  Dearl Mitchell (17) was shot and killed on the 7200 block of Morgan.  In another example of real, bare-boned investigative work, detectives were able to develop information that led to the arrest and charging of an offender in this crime as well.

17 year old BLAND, Kendale was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder. 

In both cases of senseless gang violence the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, responding as the professionals they are, find, arrest and charges the offenders.  A few more predators have been removed from the streets of Chicago.  Please know that your work and efforts are appreciated. 

Thanks for a job well done!

Stay safe.

Heads Up Police Work

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 8th District Officers:

P.O's. S. Celani,  K. Ryan

On 12 May 07, the officers responded escort an elderly citizen to her home. The officers noted a broken basement window. The officers conducted a check of the premises and located an individual hiding in a bathroom. A custodial search revealed this person to be possession of property of the victim. The offender was placed into custody and charged with Residential Burglary.  Thanks to the immediate response and dedication to duty, a career criminal was removed from the streets.

Thanks for job well done.

Thursday, 07 June 2007

MEETING NOTICE

The Chicago Police Lieutenants Association quarterly General Membership meeting will be held on 12 Jun. 07, at Morrettis, 1655 W. Jackson, at 1800 hours. The meeting is open to all active and retired Lieutenants. Food and refreshments will be served.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Chicago Police Department has just implemented the Crime Prevention and Information Center, located in the Headquarters Building. The CPIC is a cutting edge technology center which merges with all of the Departments electronic information sources to manage major incidents as they occur. This information is then passed along to Detectives in the field to assist in investigations. There are several openings, on all three watches for Detectives who wish to work the CPIC, and training is available in the various systems which are used in the CPIC. Those Detectives who are interested should contact Lt. Jim Gibson, Detective Division Headquarters, at 745-5822.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Chicago Police Soccer Team has played against other departments nationally, including the St. Louis P.D. & the Chicago Fire Department and practices regularly at the Academy and other locations. The team also supports the Chicago Police Memorial. For further information, or if you are interested in playing, contact P.O. Bob Kellum, 10th District, or Cmdr. Elais Voulgaris, Unit 253, or visit the website, www.cpdsoccer.com.

Golf Outing to Support Solorio Scholarship Fund

SPECIAL EVENT

The 14th District Golf Outing will be held in conjunction with Loyola University and in support of the Eric Solorio Scholarship Fund on 23 Jul. 07 at Silver Lakes Country Club. For information on attending or making a contribution, contact Yvette or Jessica in the 14th District at (312) 742-3728.

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Joseph Kurtz....................................  1921

James Baggot...................................  1925

Kazimer Wistert.................................  1927 

Tuesday, 05 June 2007

23rd District Crossing Guards Honored

Appreciationcrossingguard_23_1 The 023rd district along with the Kenwood of Lakeview a senior living center honored the 023rd district crossing guards for their exemplary service.  Volunteers from the Kenwood of Lakeview provided food and a great time for the crossing guards. 
The Volunteers were led by Erica Cohen who all were presented certificates of appreciation for their continued support of the police and crossing guards.
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Congrats!  Good to see the community getting involved.

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 10 & 24 Jun. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nagle at (312) 738-7588.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Chicago Police Soccer Team has played against other departments nationally, including the St. Louis P.D. & the Chicago Fire Department and practices regularly at the Academy and other locations. The team also supports the Chicago Police Memorial. For further information, or if you are interested in playing, contact P.O. Bob Kellum, 10th District, or Cmdr. Elais Voulgaris, Unit 253, or visit the website, www.cpdsoccer.com.

DEATH NOTICES

Retired Captain John F. Hadle, passed away 28 May 2007. Waked at Malec and Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N. Milwaukee, 6 Jun., 1600- 2000 hours. Services and interment private.

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Retired Sergeant Albert D. Smith Sr., passed away 31 May 2007. Services have been held.

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James R. Riordan------------------------1981

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LaVaughn  White........................  1961

Henry L. Peeler.........................  1968

Retired Police Officer Fredrick B. Stocker, formerly assigned to the 7th District, passed away 2 June 2007.  Waked at Ridge Funeral Home, 6620 S. Archer, 5 June 0800-1000 hours.  St. Jude will meet at 0930 hours.  Services St. Daniel the Prophet Church, 5300 S. Natoma, 5 June 1030 hours.  Interment private.

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Monday, 04 June 2007

23rd District Residents Celebrate Their Officers

On May 18, 2007, residents of the 023rd district honored the police officers assigned to their community during "Officer Appreciation Day."  The theme for the event was how police officers are like superheroes. The community organized the entire event, which included great food. Every officer was given a token of appreciation---reaffirming that the community does indeed value them.

2007policeappreciationcrossinggua_3 Irma Perres, assigned to Unit 135 and the 023rd district, received two honorable mentions from the 023rd District. Irma Perres assisted the community on several occasions, donating her personal time and talent to in coordinate the event. Her time and talent directly impacted the 023rd District by providing the Police Department with positive media coverage and by boosting morale. She was also honored for her work on a fair which drew over 150 community members.  The event offered services provided by outside health agencies, educated the community on crime prevention programs and techniques and created a community awareness of various services available to community members. 

2007policeappreciation3 Officer Ralph Thompson was honored by the business community and awarded a plaque for his efforts in crime prevention. 

2007policeappreciationcrossinggua_4 Marsha Bukala, a citizen, was presented a plaque for several years of committed service as a beat facilitator for beat 2322. 

Commander Yamashiroya deputized 023rd district preschoolers with the help of P.O. Jose Rios and P.O. Judy Jenkins. 

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The Commander pinned junior police stars on his "new force".  The preschoolers were given a tour of the station by P.O. Rios where they were educated on police tradition and crime prevention.

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Click the link below to read an article about the day's events, authored by Patrick Butler:

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/booster1/news/396548,b1-officers-052307-sl.article

Special Event Reminders. . . .

ARE YOU AWARE?

The 14th District Golf Outing will be held in conjunction with Loyola University and in support of the Eric Solorio Scholarship Fund on 23 Jul. 07 at Silver Lakes Country Club. For information on attending or making a contribution, contact Yvette or Jessica in the 14th District at (312) 742-3728.

ARE YOU AWARE?

Area Four Detective Division is sponsoring their 3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation. This event will take place on Sunday, 29 Jul. 07. To register on line please go to www.area4ridetoremember.com. For day of ride  registration, please arrive at Area Four (3151 W. Harrison) at 0800 hrs, the ride will begin promptly at 1000 hrs. For more information please contact Det. Thomas Flaherty at Cold Case Squad 312-746-9690.

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Blanton W. Sutton............................ 1923

William A. O'Conner........................... 1928

Memorial License Plates Available

Forensic Services Section in conjunction with the Illinois Secretary of State will be issuing Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Special Event License Plates.  These plates can be displayed on your vehicle from 14 July through 11 September 2007.  Go to www.cpdmemorial.org for details.  Registration deadline is 8 June 2007.

Sunday, 03 June 2007

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Melvin E. Brown.........................  1970

Saturday, 02 June 2007

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Alane M. Stoffregen...................... 2000

Friday, 01 June 2007

16th District Works with Community to Fight Crime

Submitted to CC by Com. Ralph Price of the 16th District.

Community Gets Involved--Takes on Graffiti, Gangs

In support of the 016th District’s Strategic Operation Plan to encourage residents to call police when observing suspicious activities,  in April of this year,  at 2315 hours, 016th District 3rd Watch Officers responded to a call of suspicious teens in the alley at 4400 block of  N. Monitor.  There, responding Officers observed  four (4) youthful appearing males in violation of the curfew law exiting the alley. 

When stopped, one (1) of the teens had a can of blue spray paint in his possession.  Further investigation revealed three (3) nearby garages with “fresh” blue painted gang graffiti on them.  When confronted, all four (4) teens confessed to their role in the  criminal defacement.  All four (4) youths ranging in age from 12 to 16 were placed under arrest and charged with criminal damage to property and curfew violations.

Commercial Burglary Arrests 

On Monday, 14 May 07 at 0100 hours 3rd Watch 1699, 1690 and watch Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person running down the street from Higgins and Milwaukee Avenues with a car radio in hand in. When the subject was approached by responding police, he fled from the officers into a residence at 55XX W. Higgins.  Inside, Officers observed two (2) additional Offenders using cutting tools to forcibly open a safe.  Further investigation revealed these three (3) individuals had just burglarized a restaurant at 43XX N. Milwaukee and removed the safe, the business’ laptop and the video surveillance system from inside.  All three (3) Offenders were charged with commercial burglary and approximately $11.000.00 USC was recovered.

Video Enhancement Captured Image Arrest

In support of the 016th District’s Strategic Operational Plan (S.O.P.) which addresses burglary and vehicle related crimes, a past strategy was developed for enhancement of images caught on video surveillance security systems to assist in the identification and possible arrests of the wanted offender(s). In March of this year, at 0230 hours, a business video surveillance system captured the image of two (2)subjects burglarizing their establishment.  Utilizing the 016th District Video Enhancement Unit, these images were enhanced and distributed to all personnel.  Seeing these images,  Tactical Team 1661 Officers recognized one of the Offender’s from a past arrest.  On 30 Apr 07, when the known offender was confronted with his captured image, he freely admitted his role in the burglary and identified his co-offender.  Subsequently, both Offenders were arrested and charged with commercial burglary.

We commend these officers for their attention to duty and investigative work. Job well done. Stay safe.   

Poem Honors All Who Serve

CC read this poem on the Officer Down Memorial Page.  To all officers everywhere who serve with honor, professionalism and compassion, we salute you.

"When the hours seem long and the going, rough
When the pay seems small and the criminals, tough
Just square your shoulders and call their bluff
Let them be the ones to cry, "Enough!"

You're a Policeman.

When the public scoffs and the papers rave
And blame you alone for a new crime wave
They'll change quick enough when there's lives to save
For deep in their hearts they count you brave

You're a Policeman.

When you bid your loved ones goodbye each day
Don't be too sure you've the harder way
You shoot it out with the crook at bay
They're the ones who sit a home and pray

You're a Policeman.

When you get back home dog tired at night
And wonder if life's really worth the fight
Your cares will vanish and burdens seem light
If you've done your best and your conscience's right

You're a Policeman.

When promotion comes, as it surely will,
If you do your job and dare loyal still
Don't soon forget in your new found thrill
Those others who are plodding up the hill

You're a Policeman.

When you leave at last this worldly din
And seek, like mortals, Paradise to win
Saint Peter, I trust, will o'erlook ev'ry sin
And say, "Well done,  come right on in."

You're a Policeman.

Submitted to the ODMP page by:  Patty from Spartanburg, SC
mother-in-law of a sheriff's deputy

Reprinted with permission.

For more info on the Officer Down Memorial page, visit www.odmp.org

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Andrew Gartley......................  1914