NBC5 News aired a story tonight about RAPS. Second City Cop covers the subject well, with references to how short the districts are.We can thank "one of our own," whose identity we couldn't make out on the video at all (Do you even work the Ops Floor?), for tossing us up the creek without a paddle.
We can also thank Deputy Superintendent Charles Williams for blaming us for not having resources. He says that high-priority jobs should be given to anyone available, be it a tac/gang car or a supervisor.
Hello? What tac/gang cars are available, for example, between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. in the middle of their shift change? How many supervisors will say "Put me down in the station on reports, squad." How many tac/gang sergeants will call on the PAX or come on the radio and clearly state that their cars are on a detail or mission and won't be answering the radio?
As for the "911 dispatcher" who appeared on the news segment, we won't speculate on your race. But how dare you throw the race card when you know (if you work the Ops Floor) that the districts that have the most RAPS are the districts that have the higher crime rates and worse manpower shortages at the same time? You apparently never work busy zones, and never have any yellow jobs during shift change when you have 5 10-99 units on the street for 45 minutes. We should tip our hats to you for being the greatest thing since sliced bread, the cream of the crop.
We see zones on days, afternoons, and midnights with yellow jobs and RAPs. Are all of those dispatchers "sitting" on the calls? How about the times when tac/gang units do ride on priority calls and there's still a backlog and a half page of jobs?
The citizen interviewed in the segment said that two hours is too long for a "priority one case." We couldn't agree more. We don't try to make citizens wait two hours for the police...when citizens have to wait two hours on a "priority one case" it's because we don't have police to send. Why do the media, a deputy superintendent of police, and one of "our own," choose to blame us for the lacking "resources" within the police department?
Williams would not confirm why so many RAPs seem to occur in minority neighborhoods.
"I'm not going to say (they could use more) resources. I will say that these are areas where, perhaps, you have a lot of gang activity that may be taking place," he said.
Really? Well, if there's that much gang activity in that area, don't you need more resources to handle and squash it? Or are we missing the big picture?
"The more serious a priority, the faster we want it dispatched and the faster we want it responded to," he said.
So do we. We just need someone who's done our job to explain to us how we should provide expedient service to higher-crime districts when an overabundance of your district manpower is allocated to places like 018 and 001 (can we say, at least 30 foot beats combined in addition to a wagon for each sector?). On midnights, many districts don't have wagons at all. Tac/gang cars are done at 0200 hours (officially), and in many districts that leaves a total of 20 or less police officers patrolling the streets in the wee hours of the a.m.
Williams said that dispatchers and their supervisors at the 911 center should immediately draw on other resources for priority one cases, whether a RAP is in effect or not.
Excuse us. A RAP is a situation where there are Radio Assignments Pending and there are no units to assign to those pending assignments. This isn't rocket science. To tell us to "draw on other resources" if "a RAP is in effect" is to tell us to pull cars that don't exist or are not available to assign out of our asses. Does anyone else see the blatant self-contradiction here?
We quote Second City Cop:
Screw this dispatcher and their half assed racial motivations and fuck Channel 5 for running with this bullshit story. WE HAVE NO MANPOWER IN THE DISTRICTS. Write your goddamn story about the unmanned rapid response cars and the 30% down beat cars every single midnight in most districts. Put the blame where it belongs - 5th Floor, City Hall.
We agree wholeheartedly. And we wish that the media would get the whole picture (and that "our own" would paint it insteading being a whore for camera time).
To whoever in our adminstration declined to comment and interview with the media: We don't know if your intentions were good or bad. But at least we can appreciate the fact that you didn't draw-and-quarter us and make us "fall guys" on citywide television like our own coworker did.
And to our faithful "coworker": Thanks for proving how we can't stick together and for setting us back 10 years, you puke. Dispatch on Zone 6, 8, 10, or 12 on any watch for a while and go back to the media when you can go 8 hours with nary a yellow job.