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  • N.J. Chief Picked As Chicago Police Head

    Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel today will introduce Newark, N.J. , police chief Garry McCarthy as Chicago's new police superintendent, sources said, gambling that McCarthy's big city experience will overcome the fact that he is another outsider.

    McCarthy replaces Jody Weis, a career FBI agent who rank and file police officers never accepted because they viewed him as an outsider who didn't have their backs.

    Last week, McCarthy, who will celebrate his 52nd birthday later this week, demonstrated that he is keenly aware of the morale problems he is inheriting.

    He told the Sun-Times that he would not put on the Chicago Police Department's uniform without first earning the right to do so by getting certified as an Illinois law enforcement officer.

    But it's going to take a lot more than that to restore morale that flagged under Weis.

    Police Board President Demetrius Carney believes that the second-generation cop has the police pedigree to do that.

    He said McCarthy walked a beat and commanded three separate New York City precincts before becoming the chief architect of the Big Apple's crime control strategy.

    "He is an outsider. But this time, that outsider is not from the FBI. This is an outsider who understands policing and understands the plight of beat patrol," Carney said.

    Sources said what sold Emanuel was McCarthy's 30 years of experience leading big-city departments and his proven track record of implementing innovative strategies that worked to reduce crime.

    As the New York City Police Department's former operations chief, McCarthy was the force behind the CompStat program credited with reducing New York's homicide rate. Under the program, police commanders are called before a review board on a monthly basis and held accountable for crime spikes.

    McCarthy also helped call the shots in New York after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

    As police director in Newark since 2006, McCarthy's strategies to combat narcotics and gun violence have been credited with producing a 12 percent reduction in overall crime, a 40 percent decline in shooting incidents and homicides and a 23 percent cut in civilian complaints against his officers.

    In Chicago, McCarthy inherits a Police Department more than 2,300 officers a day short of authorized strength. Emanuel has promised to bolster the number of street officers by 1,000.
    Life is what you make of it

  • #2
    How has Newark's crime been over the last few years? And does anyone think he will really have their backs?
    I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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    • #3
      McCarthy allowed the layoffs. He WAS ALSO NOT THE CHIEF!


      When a pair of plainclothes Parkway police officers issued a ticket, McCarthy's daughter allegedly explained that she had an ankle injury caused by a prior accident and had been issued a placard, but didn't have it with her.

      Garry McCarthy was then accused of driving up in a police SUV, blocking the unmarked New Jersey police car and engaging in a shouting match with the plainclothes officer. He was placed in handcuffs and led away as a crowd watched.
      I don't answer recruitment messages....

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      • #4
        Sounds like Chicago got another real keeper.
        I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by orlandofed5-0 View Post
          McCarthy allowed the layoffs. He WAS ALSO NOT THE CHIEF!
          Per the Newark PD website:

          Garry Francis McCarthy was born on May 4, 1959 in the Bronx, New York where he was the youngest of three children raised by his father, James, a World War II Marine and a New York Detective, and his mother, Marcella, a nurse. In 1981 Garry followed in his father’s and brother’s footsteps in pursuit of a career in law enforcement with the New York Police Department. Garry’s brother James, was a NY State Trooper and presently works for Cit-Group, while his other brother Sean currently works in the technology industry in the State of Wisconsin.

          In 1983 Garry met his wife Gina and they wed on June 22, 1985 after which he began his own family in the Bronx, NY. Gina, who is currently a nursing student, gave birth to their two lovely daughters Kimberly, 19 and Kyla, 22, now both in college.

          As Garry’s family began to grow and develop as did his reputation as a promising young patrolman who quickly rose through the ranks of the NYPD. In November of 1985 Garry McCarthy was promoted to Sergeant; in November of 1989 he was promoted to Lieutenant; in October of 1992 he was promoted to Captain; in 1997 he was promoted to Deputy Inspector; and in 1999 he was promoted to Inspector. In 2000 Garry was promoted to his final rank within the NYPD where in recognition of his outstanding leadership and many fine accomplishments throughout the Department, he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Operations where he served as the principal crime strategist for the entire department. During his seven year tenure, the Police Department saw a progressive decline in murders every year having recorded 540 murders in 2005 representing the lowest number in New York’s history since 1963.

          As a supervisor, Garry repeatedly distinguished himself as capable of toppling the grandest of tasks, commanding three separate precincts over a five year period and bringing significant innovative changes and improvements to each: the 20th on the Upper West Side: the 33rd in Washington Heights: and the 70th in Flatbush. McCarthy was sent to the 70th precinct immediately following the Abner Louima torture case in which officers from the 70th precinct were convicted of brutally assaulting and sodomizing a Haitian immigrant inside the precinct. Under McCarthy’s leadership not only did he manage a double digit crime reduction within the precinct, but his reduction of citizens complaints against his officers, in a precinct under tremendous scrutiny upon his arrival, drew the national attention and accolades of the US Attorney’s Office.

          In September of 2006 after a national search of candidates, Garry F. McCarthy was tapped to lead the Newark Police Department by new Mayor Cory Booker. Mayor Booker who had made violent crime reduction the cornerstone of his election campaign sought one of the most proven crime strategists to lead one of the greatest urban transformations in the nation’s history. Garry facing perhaps one of his most daunting tasks in his law enforcement career pledged to continue to produce the type of positive results responsible for his reputation.
          In July of 2006 when the City of Newark changed administrations, murder was up nearly 10 percent and the City was gripped by violent crime. Through a combination of organizational changes and the implementation of various systems and strategic policing initiatives the Department began to show small signs of progress by year’s end.

          In 2007 McCarthy’s first full year at the helm of the Newark Police Department the City experienced a 9 percent reduction in murder, its first since 2002; while many other major urban cities throughout the country continued to experience increases. In 2008 Director McCarthy’s leadership has surpassed all expectations and thrust Newark into the spotlight as the nation’s leader in violent crime reduction for cities with a population of more than 200,000. Newark has reduced murder by 32 percent (67/99) and shooting victims by 13 percent translating into 53 fewer victims than in 2007. Murders and shootings since 2006 have been reduced by a total of 37 percent (67/107) and 32 percent (297/435) respectively with 159 fewer victims than in 2006.

          Under the competent leadership of Garry McCarthy the Newark Police Department has not only reduced crime but has increased productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness, all while reducing spending and improving the quality of police services delivered to the public. The Department has increased its arrests by 17 percent since 2006 with 21 percent fewer complaints against our officers; an overtime reduction of 26 percent; and a sick time reduction of 52 percent which represent a total of $6.3 million dollars in savings for taxpayers over the past two years.

          Director Garry McCarthy through his keen management skills and many years as an innovator in intelligent policing has once again demonstrated his ability to produce positive and tangible results in the field of public safety; which can be directly credited for saving thousands of lives over the course of his distinguished career in law enforcement.
          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            I think there should be a rule that no outsiders can be superintendent.
            Life is what you make of it

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            • #7
              Newark is smaller in size than Toledo. Toledo's population is around 316,000. Are we sure Newark is a big city?

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              • #8
                DAL.. Per NJ law, Police director's are not chief's of police. They have no authority except for budget and manpower issues.
                I don't answer recruitment messages....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rudy8116 View Post
                  Sounds like Chicago got another real keeper.
                  Emanuel is not going to be good for that town. Even by the standards of Chicago politics, the guy is a snake.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by orlandofed5-0 View Post
                    DAL.. Per NJ law, Police director's are not chief's of police. They have no authority except for budget and manpower issues.
                    So who is the chief, and who runs the department?
                    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                    • #11
                      So is there some kind of corruption special Olympics where the winner gets to the the Chicago Police Chief ?
                      Just pay your dues, and be quiet :-)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DAL View Post
                        So who is the chief, and who runs the department?
                        Who's on first, and what's on second.
                        I make my living on Irish welfare.

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                        • #13
                          The folks on the NYPD THEE RANT seem to think the guy is a stand up officer and will do Chicago well.

                          They normally don't say much good about any command staff from that department!


                          By the way DAL..................In NYPD the Head of the Department is the Commissioner. The Chief of the department does not head the department. The Commissioner is a civilian position. Its that way a lot on the east coast.
                          Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

                          My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
                            By the way DAL..................In NYPD the Head of the Department is the Commissioner. The Chief of the department does not head the department. The Commissioner is a civilian position. Its that way a lot on the east coast.
                            I know how NYPD works. NYPD does not have a "Director."

                            My question was about Newark, NJ. Do you know the answer?
                            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                            Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                            • #15
                              I still think they shouldn't be hiring outsiders, HOWEVER, at least this guy rose through the ranks and "earned" his position. He's still a better choice than J-Fed. I especially like his statement that he wouldnt wear the uniform until he was "certified" as an Illinois officer........ the only problem with that is that being certified in Illinois is NOT being a CHICAGO police officer. Chicago doesnt care if you are already certified in Illinois, or certified from out of state. In order to be a CHICAGO police officer you have to go through the CHICAGO academy all over again....... which is what he really should do.

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