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Proviso Probe

Thursday, August 31, 2006

PO-PO, Tuesday's community crime meeting [FP]

On Tuesday evening the Village of Forest Park hosted a community crime meeting for residents south of Roosevelt and east of Circle. The Neighborhood Watch volunteers passed flyers to publicize the meeting. Forty-five chairs were set-up and the audience grew to require more chairs.

News you can use facts:
A. Friday Forest Park will have a DUI checkpoint. You’ve been warned. See Forest Park Review.
B. If you want a large covered recycle bin the village is taking requests.

The justification for having the community crime meeting cover small neighborhoods rather than all of Forest Park was that different geographic areas have different crime patterns. In hindsight, just covering this one neighborhood filled the meeting room.

The village administrator and the code enforcement team attended the meeting along with the chief of police and five police officers. One group everyone seemed to agree to criticizing was owners of multi-unit buildings who fail to be responsible landlords.

The village is going to hire a former police officer now on disability who worked with landlords to help screen and evict problem tenants. The village will also push property owners to do little things to make it harder to conceal criminal activity: more lighting, better landscaping and removing excessive signs from windows. This is called “crime prevention through environmental design”.

The police department is going to create a three-officer tactical unit (“tac unit”). The tac unit will focus on specific locations or situations that present ongoing problems. Both Chief Jim Ryan and Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas made a point of saying Forest Park seeks “aggressive” policing.

Mayor Anthony Calderone and Bob Sullivan (Forest Park Review columnist) lamented the passing of everybody knowing their neighborhood days of the past.

The Forest Park police officers emphasized wanting residents to call the police. The guidelines are that if one wants a police officer to come to the seen now, use 911. Otherwise use the non-emergency number. If you want to report something anonymously, use the non-emergency number.

There was very little of the “blame the outsider” mentality reported from the first community crime meeting. See Forest Park Review (Seth Stern) and the derisive comments I made in a FPR column. This meeting was conducted much more professionally than the previous meeting was described.

When asked about gangs and non-resident crime, it seemed like the police gave a professional assessment. So gangs members and perpetrators come in from Berwyn or Maywood, but the officers seemed to integrate this into an understanding that this only part of the issue facing Forest Park.

However, I have a few criticisms.

It’s clear Calderone wants to control the information. Gloria Backman began setting up to video tape the meeting. He told her not to do it and to object to the State’s Attorney. He referred to CUFP, Proviso Probe and probably ForestPark.com as an “underground network”.

What makes CUFP or Proviso Probe “underground”? Almost all CUFP meetings are open to the public. (I think there was one organizational meeting CUFP requested the press not attend.) Proviso Probe allows people to hide their identities, but otherwise is pretty out in the open.

It’s hard not to see these community crime meetings as part of Calderone’s reelection campaign. He spent more time speaking than any other speaker and generally fielded audience questions unless he directed them to someone else. However, I have to thank Calderone for this somewhat because he is a better speaker than Ryan or Aftanas.

It really bugged me that Ryan called Calderone “Tony” in a formal setting. Yo, Chief, that’s “Mayor Calderone” to you, if you’re in front of taxpayers.

I’m not a fan of the Forest Park PD making “aggressiveness” its highest virtue for cops. How about “judgment”? If Officer Ron Gross used better judgment with Ed Reformado, neither Gross nor Reformado would have been hit and the village would have avoided a lawsuit. If Sgt. Mike Murphy used better judgment with Sidney Hooks then Hooks wouldn’t have gotten his wrist broken and the village would have avoided a lawsuit.

Aftanas’ references to other patrol methods like foot patrol, motor cycles and bicycles seemed forced. It was like he was saying they’ve done enough of this in the past couple years to make my statements true, but these alternate patrol methods aren’t integrated into standard operating procedures.

Calderone also bragged about how he got after Ryan to send more patrol cars to southern Forest Park even though the crime is relatively low there. I wonder if Calderone will tell the residents of higher crime areas he’s diverting their patrol cars to the low crime areas because he thinks it’s fairer that way.

Also, Calderone micromanaging the beats for patrols seems to contradict his claims that he delegates decisions to Ryan. When the police department flip-flopped on firing Lt. Steve Johnsen, Calderone portrayed the decision as being Ryan’s. And Calderone claimed to have been uninvolved in the decision to fire Sgt. Dan Harder.

Of course, Calderone has so far refused to provide an answer to the question about what his responsibilities are vis-à-vis the police department.

17 Comments:

  • How about proper training?

    All these lawsuits from incompetence and poor behavior.

    Denying them only compounds the problem.

    By Anonymous concernedcitizen, at 7:06 PM, August 31, 2006  

  • Hey Carl why don't you investigate where Reformado's law suit is?

    Did he sue?

    Sure hope you report back to all of us.

    Does Carl have failure or information again?

    By Anonymous Duh, at 7:10 PM, August 31, 2006  

  • How would you know if he sued or not? Hmmm...must be closely related to the PD. Great! Why didn't you properly investigate the issue to begin with.

    Seems to me your department has big issues with a few overly aggressive police officers and their lack of training and discipline.

    That's the "real" issue; no one could careless of a Reformado lawsuit. I'm sure "Blake& so n so" have other lawsuits against FP or information headed your way. Yes, WE are all aware of them (even the pending cases). Are you? Do you think Reformado's was the only police brutality incident that occurred this year?

    Hahaaha - LOL! Stop it, your laughable responses make my side hurt!!.

    By Anonymous reasoning, at 6:53 AM, September 01, 2006  

  • By the way, everyone knows about Blake so and so; it wasn't in the papers but my department is watching these cases!

    By Anonymous reasoning, at 6:57 AM, September 01, 2006  

  • What is the Blake so an so thing? Is Forest Park once again going down the road often traveled by Lyin' Jim Ryan and Tony "Snoops" Calderone of covering up brutality? Is this another brutality claim? Please let us know.

    By Anonymous Question for ya, at 9:21 AM, September 01, 2006  

  • Contact Blake & H yourself for more details.

    By Anonymous reasoning, at 9:25 AM, September 01, 2006  

  • Hey what finally ever happened with Frawley and the $100,000 missing? Whose money was it?What BS did she give on why she had that kind of cash in her home?
    What has Doolin stated? Is he pretending not to know anything about Frawley,Harder,Johnson,Hall and the money?
    Is Chief Ryan investigating this event?If not, why not? Did the Maywood Drug Dealer get interviewed by FPP?Why has Doolin hired a Defense Attorney specializing in Narcotics and pea agreements?

    By Anonymous Stop Doolin's drug dealin, at 11:51 AM, September 01, 2006  

  • Doolin did? What is the name of his defense attorney? Or is this just another Calderone attempt to make the white's huddle under his Gestapo umbrella? You know Calderone, there are more minority's in Forest Park than not. I think I hear a campaign backfire.

    By Anonymous Be careful, at 2:37 PM, September 01, 2006  

  • That is ridiculous Mr. Doolin is not on drugs. Nice try at sabatoging his character. Anything for a Tony vote -right?

    Funny thing is everyone can see what you and your cronnies are all about Kaeding.

    By Anonymous listening, at 5:29 PM, September 01, 2006  

  • No need to have Calderone supporters write on this blog against Doolin.

    Doolin is a Foolin causes his own damage.

    Calderone does not need to add to it.

    Doolin can screw it up himself.

    By Anonymous MoJo Homo, at 2:19 PM, September 02, 2006  

  • Mojo homo - wow that is the best you got droolin Doolin? I can see that you argue on facts and very maturely I might add. For a minute there I thought you were Dr. Seuss.

    Please, do your self a favor tell your mommy to administer your internet time.

    By Anonymous listening, at 8:34 AM, September 03, 2006  

  • Really Gloria Bachman you need to get a life!! I wish you would have made a tape and let people view it, I would have had you in court so fast your head would spin. Dont give a *%&$ about your organazation against the administration, some of us just want to live here in peace and not be all caught up in your web.
    Why dont you do something constructive? Join neighborhood watch, or something worth while. Have been to a few of your meetings and as far as I am concerned you 8 people are worthless. Why do you think your meetings are not well attended? I know.

    By Blogger justtryingtolivehere, at 10:46 PM, September 04, 2006  

  • What could stir up that kind of animosity, except fear? In court for what, taping a public meeting?

    By Anonymous areyouafraid, at 9:45 AM, September 05, 2006  

  • I'm not Gloria Bachman and this administration i.e. Mayor and Chief need no help screwing things up.

    You can pick up the paper any Tuesday and view for yourselves.

    I could careless what meeting you attend or not attend.

    Right now, I wouldn't expect someone that attends alcoholic anonymouns meetings frequently not to have the time to attend a CuFP meeting. You are right how can you help someone else, when you yourself need so much help.

    Good Luck with removing your blinders!

    By Anonymous listening, at 8:16 PM, September 05, 2006  

  • Blake & Horrowitz...hmm? I wonder. I just googled them and found that they are police brutality lawyers.

    By Anonymous coulditbe, at 8:17 PM, September 05, 2006  

  • justtryingtolivehere:

    How can you be so demeaning to Gloria? They have done nothing wrong and have only tried to make the very community that we live in happier and safer.

    Honestly, where do people like you get off spewing such awful things. Not everyone is a fan of the current Mayor, President or Secretary of Defense. That does not make Gloria's opinion wrong.

    The more you spew calloused information; the more we are convinced that the current Mayor has his cronnies on the net fishing for an '07 win and buying as many votes as he can swing.

    Go back to your cave and continue to walk around with your head up your a$$.

    By Anonymous engaged, at 8:24 PM, September 05, 2006  

  • Carl should go home and jack off

    By Anonymous Dip shit, at 1:01 AM, December 21, 2006  

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