Chicago, IL-Okay, I have had my differences with the Windy City’s administration over fraud, waste and blatant corruption.
I think we all understand the function of police in America. They are the first responders responsible for suppression of violent crime and the apprehension of persons accused of crime.
We also know and understand that criminals are presumed to be armed and that’s why we spend billions to train and arm police.
In Chicago there exists an actual police agency with properly screened, trained and sworn officers that patrol Chicago’s two major airports. It’s the men and women of the Chicago Aviation Police Department.
This police department’s law enforcement for some unexplainable reason their duties are limited to observing and reporting all crime incidents to The Chicago Police Department.
The duties of this outfit would be more logically delegated to the untrained, uneducated, unarmed and minimally screened people from the ranks of the hard corps unemployed. The pay rate for observe and report guards is at minimum wage level.
Under state law, the Chicago Aviation Police must undergo all standard police academy training including qualification with firearms. This department owns no firearms and they forbid their officers from carrying them! Yes, that is at airports, that are at the highest level of potential terrorist targets!
Since the officers are sworn they are allowed to carry firearms while off duty and away from the places they are sworn to protect. They can carry guns anywhere but where they’re needed most, at the airports!
The most amazing part of this insanity is that the airport officers must call the police if police services are needed. Why must taxpayers foot the bill for both departments?
The simplest answer is to mandate that the aviation officers carry the firearms they’ve been trained to actually handle and to prepare them for the protection of the public and incredibly expensive property.
Isn’t this really just part of Mayor Daley’s gun control folly? We need to ask how taxpayers are being served by maintaining a police agency that won’t and can’t protect them. Is the insane intent of Chicago’s politicians to simply provide terrorists with a larger pool hostages and victims?
It’s only a matter of time before the first officer an armed terrorist will see will be a Chicago Aviation cop. How many must needlessly die as a result?