On 14 September 2011, Sun-Times reporter/columnist Mark Brown noted:
At least half the police officers that Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy have redeployed since May to help them say they’ve met that goal were already working ON THE STREET fighting crime.Mark Brown doesn't note, however, that CPD's union contract permits full-paid time off of 12 months out of every 24 month period. Colleagues of mine thought that statement couldn't possibly be true. I agreed - it seemed hyperbolic. So I went to the current FOP contract:
Section 18.2 — Non-I.O.D.I.O.D., incidentally, is injury on duty. That is covered in a preceding section.
Any officer absent from work on account of non-I.O.D. injury or illness for any period of time not exceeding twelve (12) months in any twenty-four (24) consecutive month period, shall receive full pay and benefits for the period of absence, provided such injury or illness is certified by the Medical Services Section. Such certification shall not be unreasonably withheld.
Maybe if the cops had sick leave allowances that were reality-based, the manpower shortage wouldn't be so acute.