Police union leaders urge mayor to alter plan for troopers
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter August 11, 2014 10:20PM
10/25/2013 Chicago Illinois State Trooper Chris Jones monitors southbound traffic on the Dan Ryan expressway on Friday, October 25, 2013. | Michael Jarecki/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 13, 2014 6:20AM
Police union leaders on Monday urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to modify his plan to assign 40 state troopers on 30-day loan to Chicago to serve fugitive warrants to get known criminals off the street.
Dean Angelo, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 representing Chicago Police Officers, and Mike Powell, president of the FOP’s Illinois Trooper Lodge No. 41, said it makes more sense to assign state troopers to traffic duty to free Chicago Police officers for the “real police work” chasing fugitives.
“You’re taking troopers from rural areas out of their element and thrusting them into the big city. There should always be concern about that. That’s just a matter of geography,” Powell said.