Talk:Chicago Police Department

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Shouldn't there be some mention of Officer Dan from Married...With Children. Also, the numerous parodies of the departments corruption would be relevent to the corruption section.


What no mention of the '68 Democratic National Convention?

Holden 27

There's a puzzling reference to "Michigan Avenue near Clark Street." The two streets run parallel to each other, with three streets in between. --Wbkelley 08:39, 12 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Two things related to this: 1) In the era described, it should have been "Michigan Street," and 2) since then, the street in question has been renamed "Hubbard Street." I have corrected this and added a reference to info on the rename. emathias 15:48, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

Wasn't the negative portryal of the Chicago police in a TV show that showed one taking a bribe, not from the the Blues Brothers? Highlandlord 02:15, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

Chicago police are crooks. Trust me on this. I received 6 tickets, when I contacted the alderman, I was told that parking there is legal and the meter maid says it's illegal. Upon contesting the charges by mail with pictures and dates and times as proof, only 2 out of 6 tickets were waived. Meaning I still had to pay $200 in fines or contest the charges which would have taken more time and not allowed me to go to work and college. This is on the northern side of Taylor St. on the Northwest corner of Taylor St. and Oakley Blvd. By the way, this is recent 2005. I do have a lot of stories, I may sign up and add to the discussion section. Also, they're never around when you need them, they harass people in impoverished regions far more than others and they do perform illegal activities in gangs. Come to think of it, I'm also going to get a portable video camera. --Anonymous user (citation: life)

That's still OK, come to Europe, especially to Czech Republic and you'll se really bad police, totally functionless. Novis-M 11:19, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
Meter maids are not police officers, they are civilians and CPD does not get money from the fines, the City does. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cpdcop (talkcontribs) 01:03, 26 January 2010 (UTC)

People like to bad mouth police. Usually its the ones that get into troubles. Not all police are dicks though. Some are and they're usually the ones you see on tv giving a bad rep to the good cops. It's a cycle causing people to become untrustworthy of police. 06:22, 3 April 2007 (UTC)


What about demographics in Chicago Police? Novis-M 11:19, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Black Panther Raid[edit]

I wonder if it really is noteworthy that five of the cops at the raid were black. What difference would it make if five cops out of say 25 or more officers were black? Shouldn't we then mention that State's Attorney who ordered the raid was white? --Badass-boi 19:27, 28 April 2007

Controversies & Brutality[edit]

Regarding Anthony Abbate - Superintendent Phil Cline has stated, "He's tarnished our image worse than anybody else in the history of the department." Abbate is a world-class dirtbag but it sounds like he's got some stiff competition. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:32, 12 June 2008 (UTC)


a note on the article pages say we must change the trivia. put the tricvia in the article text. Boromir's Regret 21:44, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Appearance in pop culture - "Chicago Police"[edit]

I don't seem to understand how a police department in the United States has the power to ban the use of their name in fictitious works and parodies? Did they seek some sort of injunction against this.... ??? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:35, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

I wondered about that too. Is there a trademark on the name? Or perhaps they don't provide assistance. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:24, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Picture mislabel[edit]

The picture of the helicopter (Image:KM 6159 city of chicago police helicopter august 2007.jpg) is actually a New York Police Department helicopter, not a Chicago one, and one could notice it by looking at the badge, so I'll remove it, for clarity's sake. -Uagehry456talk 05:33, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Phone number[edit]

I'm going to find another place to put the section "Phone number" which I don't think deserves to top the section on controversy. We have items on incidences that placed Chicago police in the national and international eye, and we're talking about it changing it's phone system? It doesn't fit, so rather than delete it, I'd rather just move it elsewhere. --Badass-boi 12:49, 19 Nov. 2007

Is there an actual reference for this? I have never heard of it growing up in Chicago and the Google info is virutally non-existent. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:41, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Department Motto[edit]

The department motto is not "To Serve and Protect" it is "We Serve and Protect" it is on their official website, on the side of every Chicago PD car and has been since 1960 as stated in Chicago Tribune editorial in December of 2007. Cadking3 (talk) 23:11, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Age of the department[edit]

I added a fact tag to the claim that the department dates back to 1837. Specifically, I looked at the NYPD article, and it says that department was formed in 1844, and is the oldest police force in the country. So, at least one of those claims is false, and they both lack citations. L Glidewell (talk) 04:23, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

Can we please have some balance and NPOV[edit]

I am more than a little concerned by the editorial bias and lack of neutrality in this article. Since 1853 over five hundred Chicago police officers have died in the course of their work, over three hundred of them shot, five bomb victims, three stabbing victims and others. Not one of these officers gets mentioned in the article by name and the only mention that police officers die protecting the public is two brief sentences totalling thirty five words and that their stars are mounted in Police Headquarters.
By contrast, incidents where officers have exceeded their authority are given several paragraphs each, detailed explanations of what is alleged to have happened, amounts of compensation paid out, and in one story there is a quote that is more than four times longer than the entire section on police deaths in the service of the community. This disparity is highly indicative of a lack of balance in the article but is unfortunately not restricted to the length of the pieces.
The Summerdale Scandals piece is un-sourced, except for a quote the article attributes to the New York Times, Feb-22-1960, but which was actually taken from an online book called, "United States Demographics - Part B", the author of which is given as "Wikipedians". So that's Wikipedia quoting itself as a source for itself and the quote actually says nothing at all about the supposed Summerdale Scandal but just says that a criminologist was brought in to modernise the department. Incidentally, we know the source is the book and not the newspaper itself because the date is wrong. The article appeared on p. 1 of the New York Times on 23-Feb-1960, but carries the dateline Feb-22 because that is the date on which the event occurred. The correct way to attribute sources is by the date of the newspaper you are quoting but the article simply copies the mistake from the book which, since it was written by Wikipedians is itself simply quoting Wikipedia here, here, and here.
The other source for this segment is to the papers of the aforementioned Criminologist where it just says the department was, "rocked with graft and incompetence" and that he retired in 1967. Therefore, the whole text about alleged burglary rings, eight officers accused, the biggest police-related scandal in the city etc is entirely un-sourced but this un-sourced allegation that is not sufficiently notable to have an article of its own somehow gets three times more attention than more than five hundred officers who died in the line of duty.
The Black Panther Raid piece is a word for word quote from here, which is copyright the Chicago Historical Society and will need to be re-written or paraphrased from the article on Fred Hampton.
The Ryan Harris murder piece is clearly wrong when it says, "Durr pled guilty to the rape of Harris, but never admitted to her murder" since the source it links is titled, "Sex Offender Admits To 1998 Murder" and the very first line in the source says, "A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Monday to the 1998 murder of an 11-year-old girl..." which must beg the question whether the editor even read the source he was quoting.Cottonshirtτ 14:27, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

Founding year[edit]

Cmmcnam2 posted to Main Page/Errors saying that according to the Chicago Police's own site the department was founded in 1835, not 1837. I'm noting this here and removing it there; original post is here. Yngvadottir (talk) 04:47, 17 March 2014 (UTC)