No Days Off For Cops Over The Holiday Weekend

CHICAGO (CBS) – It’s a holiday weekend for most of us. But not for Chicago police officers.

Sources tell CBS 2 News that officers from gang and tactical units throughout the city and those from bike units are working on their scheduled days off and being paid overtime, which is at a pay rate of time and a half. 

The goal is to increase the police presence at the Taste of Chicago, on the Magnificent Mile and the lakefront when the temperature rises. The thought is warmer weather brings more crowds –- and potential trouble.

“Warmer weather infuses the downtown area with larger crowds, enjoying the attractions, beaches and festivities, including the Taste of Chicago,” a statement from the Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs office said. “Days off have been cancelled for a contingent of officers working within this area, to provide supplemental resources during peak times.”

Police say this is not a new practice. Similar methods have been employed over warmer months in the past.

Officers working on their days off have the option of selecting “comp time,” or future time off, instead of overtime pay.

  • Daniel

    We must remain vigilante against marauding jungle savages.

    • Avg Joe

      i seen these cops, maybe a few weight in under 300lbs…fat, talking on their cell phone, hitting up on chicks ,…as a small mb of cheeth’s are tautiing a couple white kids ( 15-17) ….chicago is a dump we left before we went in…they need to post which gangs are “running ” which beac, we drove thru Cal.Park 95th…all “dream act” ponchos drinking music loud mexican flags, along with a latin (punk)king one…must have been half of mexico there….

  • Joann Butkus

    What is rediculous is that these officers ALSO have families,friends and many had plans for enjoying the 4TH! when does it become ok to abuse personnell who are already so taxed with work hours, courts, etc.? ever see a cop nod off at the wheel? doze in court? how about make a bad decision because they haven’t had enough sleep? oh yeah, Rahmster, you’ll be the first to come out on the podium and announce that you’re firing them for YOUR IRRESPONSIBIlITY!

    • NWA

      And, if the po po gets enough sleep then they won’t be seen nodding off at the wheel, dozing in court or, making a bad decision in the field? Most of the po po I see are so fat they couldn’t run a block. But, I guess that’s why the city gave them guns?


      • Mr. Justice

        @ NWA…… Have you not figured out by now, that you really do not have any “fans” on these message boards? You just continue to show your ignorance by making some dumb a$$ comments.

      • Tyreese

        @Mr. Justice, Maybe we can start a fan club for Mr. NWA, since he is so sad all the time.

      • Leroy Goldberg

        If NWA and his ilk are active this holiday weekend the Police must be as well.



    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to buy some Dunkin Dounuts stock, it’s bound to go up by tuesday.

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