Thursday, 27 December 2007

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 8th District Police Officers: P.O. M. Campbell, P.O. S. Coyne. 

On 28 Nov. 07, the officers responded to an OEMC call of an armed robbery in which the victim was robbed of USC and a cell phone. The officers immediately conducted a canvass of the area. Within minutes, the officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the offenders car. The officers detained the driver and a show up was conducted. The victim identified the offender and the car he was driving. The victim's cell phone and a bundle of USC was also recovered from the offender.

The offender was charged accordingly.

Due to the officers foresight in canvassing the area, a dangerous offender was removed from the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

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Tuesday, 25 December 2007

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Monday, 24 December 2007

Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus Visit Children of Gold Star Families

At 0900 hrs, 24 Dec 07, Mr & Mrs Santa Clause made a very special stop at the Targeted Response Unit on 39th Street.  While they were there very special gifts that were donated by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation were collected and put into police vehicles.  These gifts are going to be distributed to the very special children, ages of 4 and 19, who have the unique distinction of being members of the Gold Star Families.  These children are very special because the mother or father gave the ultimate sacrifice to the City of Chicago, their lives. 

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The foundation was established in 2004, and this year because of generous donations from the business and civic community and active and retired police officers,  the foundation hopes to bring a little joy to these families.  The families of these brave Officers who have sacrificed their lives for our City are supported by the Department and other organizations, but as one might imagine, the cost in terms of financial, emotional and psychological support is overwhelming.  Other, perhaps less known risks associated with being a Police Officers are the stresses of the job.  These stresses too often lead to disastrous consequences such as when a Police Officer takes his own life. 

By supporting these initiatives, our public-private partnership provides the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation with the means to achieve their goals.  Your support to the Memorial is a reminder that when troubled times arise, we come together. 

We say "Always Remembered" and now the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is putting those words into action by assisting where financial help is needed and truly saying "We Will Never Forget".

Please put you thoughts into action by contributing to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.  More information or to make a donation contact www.CPDMEMORIAL.ORG

Happy Holidays to all and to all, Stay Safe!

Season's Greetings

On behalf of the Checkerboard Chat, may you and your families enjoy a peaceful and joyous holiday season.  This Blog is about the Chicago Police Department.  It was started for police officers and their families to be able to see positive news and postings about the Department.  We continue to request the support of the department in making us aware of the many positive things that occur on a daily basis.  The media does not need any assistance in publishing negative news, that has a life of its own.  We need the positive input from every unit so we can continue to make the media as well as the public aware of the many, many good things that are happening.  Please keep us informed. 

As always, Stay Safe!

Thank You - Holiday Message

Our Department continues to achieve great success in reducing violent crime and this year we have the lowest number of homicides since 1965. YOUR continued efforts at reducing crime show the dedication and hard work by the vast majority of our Police Officers. Every day you go forth and risk your lives to ensure the safety and well being of the citizens of this great City. The press often fails to report the everyday successes you exhibit and focuses on those few negative incidents that bring discredit to our Department. However, I know and appreciate everyone that supports the goals of our Department. As we welcome Superintendent J.P. Weis in 2008, I realize that without YOUR hard work and dedication, this Department would not experience the successes we have had in 2007. In this time of holiday cheer, I personally want to thank you for your exceptional efforts in making this a safer city, and look forward to working with the finest Police Officers in the world in 2008. I wish you and your families, the most peaceful and joyous of holidays. God bless you and your families. Have a Happy Holiday Season, wishing you all a bright, safe New Year.

Charles L. Williams

Deputy Superintendent

Bureau of Patrol

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Area #3 Salutes 24th District Officers

Area 3 Detective Division Salutes 24th District Police Officers:

Sgt. J. O’Callaghan, Police Officers O. B. McDermott, C. Dworakowski, K. O’Callaghan, M. Collins,

J. McKee and R. Delmundo

On 16 Nov. 07, a citizen was shot multiple times and was only able to give nicknames of the wanted offenders. The shooter and driver involved in the incident were eventually identified by the victim and investigative alerts issued. The above officers later located the offenders driving the same vehicle used in the shooting and placed them under arrest without incident. Both offenders are members of the gangster disciple street gang and were subsequently charged with Attempt Murder. Due to the officers dedication to duty and knowledge of their district, two dangerous criminals were taken of the streets.

Thanks for a job well done. Stay Safe!

Friday, 21 December 2007

Special Investigations Salutes Targeted Response

Special Investigations Unit Salutes Targeted Response Unit Officers:

P.O. M. Duigan and A. Riley

On 18 Oct. 07, the officers responded to a person wanted for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, one eleven & one twelve year old boy. The officers were able to locate the offender placing him into custody. The offender ultimately provided a full confession. Due to the officers dedication to duty, a child molester was taken off the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay Safe!

Thursday, 20 December 2007

What Christmas is All About

Six members of the Targeted Response Unit just delivered 100 toys each to LaRabida Hospital, Shriners Hospital and the Rainbow House.  They did not want any fanfare, they just wanted to give some Christmas cheer to those who need it the most.  In today's climate we are always looking for good news to try and show the public that the overwhelming majority of Chicago Police Officers are really "Serving and Protecting" on a daily basis.  I am not referring to the job that police officers are paid to do, I am referring to the actions that the men and women in blue do every day because it is the right thing to do.  When I contacted the TRU unit to let them know I wanted to make this a "positive" media story, they were adament about not wanting publicity.  That was not the reason for collecting and delivering gifts to needy children.  They did not want to have the story be about them.  It is about doing something for others that are in need.

We always hear about police officers when they do something that is negative and therefore immediately newsworthy.  Negative news has a life all of its own and does not need any life support to keep it going.  Good news stories, if they get any attention at all, will last one news cycle.

A number of officers assigned to TRU are also aware of the fact that usually the only contact they have with kids is when they are being arrested.  On Christmas Eve the officers will be trying to "Catch a kid doing something good" and then reward his actions with a gift.  His good deed can be any number of decent things that kids do every day, helping an elderly person, helping his little brother or sister as they cross the street or any activity that is being done to help someone else. 

Will the actions of the officers in the Targeted Response Unit have a dramatic effect on crime in Chicago?  I doubt it, but one thing is for sure, over 300 kids will have a gift on Christmas, thanks to the generosity and concern of these officers.  Who knows, maybe some of these kids may see a police officer as a friend and someone they can turn to in a time of need, or maybe, just maybe, will want to become a police officer when he or she grows up.

Merry Christmas.  Great work ladies and gentlemen.  Stay Safe!

Area 2 Salute of the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force & 6th District Officers

Area 2 Detective Division Salutes South Suburban Major Crime Task Force Officers:

Posen Sgt. R. Quirk, Posen Det. E. Jones, South Holland Det. C. Lareau, South Holland Det. R. Williams

6th District Police Officers: M. Brown and D. Andrade

On 6 Nov. 07, members of the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force, while on an unrelated investigation observed a subject near 79th & State St. armed with a baseball bat. The officers, assisted by 6th District officers immediately intervened, preventing further injury to the victim and apprehended the offender following a brief foot pursuit. The offender was charged with Aggravated Battery. Due to their dedication to duty, a dangerous offender was removed from the street.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay Safe!