Superintendent Jody Weis lashes out

Oh. My. God.  Chicago Police Superintendent Fancy Pants wrote a letter to the Chicago Sun Times lashing out at his critics.  This has to be the first time in the history of the Chicago Police department a Superintendent has done this.  In his letter, he demonstrates, once again, he is out of his league, does not know anything about policing, and should be fired.  Fancy Pants has demonstrated, again, he is a disgrace to the profession of law enforcement.

When articles are written, and statements made, that inaccurately describes issues within the Department and then questions the ability of our officers…

The only one whose ability was ever questioned is yours.  The Chicago Police Department has always had issues- external and internal.  Rarely are they accurately described.  Welcome to the big leagues of leading running a major government institution.  Real leaders just let it go by, like water off a duck.

Many individuals have attempted to use issues within the Chicago Police Department to promote their own agendas. I find this disingenuous and a disservice to both the men and women of the Department, as well as the residents of this great city.

This is new?  Mr. Dreamer, meet Doctor Reality.  You did the very same thing to crawl up the ladder at the FBI didn’t you?  Did you think the police department would be any different?  Didn’t you promote your own agenda- toot your own horn.  Wasn’t that just as disingenuous and a disservice to the men and women of the FBI and the citizens, as well? 

When I assumed the role of Superintendent, the Chicago Police Department was under intense media scrutiny, following high-profile cases of police misconduct by a small group of officers. Nothing could have been more damaging to morale than these incidents; yet, it did not take long for me to confirm my belief that the vast majority of the members of the Department are hard working, dedicated and honest police officers, who work tirelessly to serve and protect the people of Chicago.

Since records have been kept, the rate of proven misconduct for Chicago Police Officers has been approximately one half of one percent.  This is roughly the same rate of proven misconduct the FBI has.  The vast majority of Chicago Police Officers have always been hard working, dedicated, and honest.  You had no beliefs to confirm.  We confirmed them everyday.  There have been many worse scandals through the years.  We, real police officers, did not let it damage our morale for more than a few minutes.  There was work to do.  Police work.  Dangerous work.  We did not have the luxury to wallow in pity.

There are some — including, presumably, the leadership of the FOP — who believe that the way “the department is supposed to be run” was to continue “business as usual.”

Business as usual?  You have just demeaned the whole force again, implying there were vast critical problems within the department.  Business as usual in the Chicago Police Department was going to work without fearing the police administration- there was enough to fear everyday.  Business s usual was leaving home not knowing if you were coming back.  Business as usual was doing what needed to be done in an expeditious manner- sometimes it was not pretty.  Business as usual recognizes there is street justice and criminal justice- and knowing which is more effective.  Business as usual recognizes real policing sometimes is a messy job where right and wrong are not always clearly defined and sometimes cross their own lines.  Black and white mix to become gray in a heartbeat.  Business as usual recognizes that due to circumstances beyond any one’s control, severe mistakes can be made.  Business as usual is making tough, hard, and harsh decisions in a nano-second and living with them.  Business as usual is the world of the real police.  It is the world of real people solving real problems that have plagued humanity since social structures were formed.  Not the fairy tale police in dry, dusty, academic journals written by fuzzy headed professors in ivory towers or Department of Justice bureaucrats.

When I arrived, there was distrust between the residents of our city and the police department; this disconnect affected the majority of good officers, who were working hard everyday, as well as the communities in which they functioned.

You never really studied history have you?  You have just demonstrated to the world you know nothing about policing.  There always has been mistrust between the residents and the police.  By definition and its very nature, policing is an adversarial relationship between the police and those they police.  This goes back to probably the first police force, the Roman Legion.  It has not changed.  It never will.  No supercilious fancy pants bureaucrat will ever change that.  By the way, police officers are not affected by your so called disconnect.  They could care less.  They know their role is adversarial.  They accept it and do their jobs in spite of it.

Leadership is not about being popular: it is about making difficult decisions and doing the right thing. 

So far Fancy Pants has not made one right decision and has done nothing right.  Morale is gone, there is no incentive to proactively and aggressively police this city, and the only reinforcement he uses to motivate personnel is negative.  Police officers fear punishment for the most minor mistakes and transgressions.  Fancy Pants has instilled fear and loathing instead of pride in a difficult and sometimes impossible job.  Leadership is recognizing your mistakes, correcting them, changing course, and leading- or getting out of the way and letting people who know what they are doing actually do their jobs- the right way, not your way.  Leadership is about suppressing your ego and admitting you are wrong.  Leadership is knowing respect must be earned, not demanded- or begged for.  Leaders use positive reinforcement to boost morale and get people to comply.  Leadership is a verb.  Leaders do things.  Leaders should have the ability to do the same jobs as their subordinates and be willing to do so.  Leadership is not just giving orders.  Any dunce capped fool can do that. 

I believe in leading by example.
While giving a press conference on the street, shots were fired near by.  Fancy Pants flinched.  Then, he and his retinue jumped into their vehicle.  While real police officers were responding to the shots fired, Fancy Pants went in the opposite direction- to his office.  Probably to hide and cower under his desk.  Leading by example?  Hence, his nickname.  J-Fled.

The only letter Fancy Pants should have written was his resignation.  Maybe Fancy Pants thinks this letter will enhance his resume and his standing for his next employer.  McDonald’s is always hiring.  You get to wear a uniform too.


About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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