Superintendent Jody Weis is dead wrong on the issue of morale at the Chicago Police Department. There are numerous underlying factors that account for the reductions in crime numbers that he is touting. Morale at CPD is still at an all-time low. I see it every day.
Weis should stop trying to get people feeling sorry him by hanging his hat on the statement, "They don't like me because I am from the FBI." This has nothing to do with the morale dilemma at CPD. Public and organizational corruption, along with incompetent leadership are the leading issues affecting morale at the CPD.
Yet Weis continues to ignore them, along with other serious public safety issues.
Instead, he vigorously pursues his self-serving media blitz, in an apparent attempt to salvage a legacy of his superintendency. One would think he is running for Sheriff or some elected office - seeing how much he has been in the media - tooting his horn the past several months.
Chicago is my home. I have lived and served here my entire life. Public safety is a public concern. I cannot in good conscious stand idly by when the citizens of this city are lied to and mislead.
Revisit my writing from last July. The issues I presented then are still very valid today. Unfortunately, we have lost a few more police officers since then.
We need positive change. I hope and pray that with a new administration and a new superintendent, we can begin the long journey to recovery. The people of Chicago deserve no less. - John Andrews