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.”