‘It’s A Change’, Pawar Says About Police District Closure

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, October 13, 2011

Police search two men for narcotics on the southwest corner of Ashland Ave. and Irving Park Rd. on October 11. No arrest was made. 19 crimes have been reported at this corner in 2011. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) does not view the 19th Police District merge into the 23rd District as detrimental to the 47th Ward, but actually as a positive, since Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising more cops on the beat as a result of the move.

“It’s a change,” said Ald. Pawar to Center Square Journal today. “Ald. Water Burnett (27th) had an interesting quote, that he’s not married to buildings, he wants to provide services. It’s not as if police are responding from those stations. This is about facilities, not about manpower.

We’ve been reassured that merging districts is going to put more officers on the beat. So that’s a good thing.”

Ald. Pawar says his biggest concern is that the new beat realignment does not shortchange the 47th Ward. He reports that police officials have told him they are, “using crime data and information from the beat officers [to] allocate beats in more efficient ways.”

Also, while Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) who represents the southern part of the 19th Police District has called for the police to hold community meetings explaining the planned closure, Ald. Pawar seemed to believe that the Police Department had things well in hand.

The [Police] Superintendent is going to be working closely with Aldermen,” he said. “With the Police Department change, there’s going to be a lot of outreach from the city.”

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  • Peter Skosey

    once again, Alderman Pawar has demonstrated his ability to think independently and assess a situation on its merits. He’s not acting on old myths or rumors, he’s making up his own mind. Personally, i couldn’t agree more. What’s with a building? why is 20 districts the magic number for Chicago? why not 10?

  • Peter Skosey

    I agree with Alderman Pawar and Walter Burnett. Pawar is once again demonstrating his independence by assessing a situation for himself and making up his own mind. he is not being persuaded by the nay-sayers. Who says 20 police stations is the magic number for Chicago? why not 10?

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