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Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:02 PM

Armed private guards will patrol State Street to aid security downtown

The Chicago Loop Alliance has hired two armed security guards who will begin patrolling State Street on Thursday with the goal of supplementing police presence, curbing shoplifting and dealing with panhandlers.

The Chicago Loop Alliance, the main advocate for the downtown business district, contracted with HLSA Security for the guards. They will patrol between Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, for eight hours each day at various times around midday and in the evening.

The uniformed security guards, which the alliance is referring to as ”street ambassadors,” will each have a gun and a badge and be able to make arrests. Their hours will increase starting in May, the alliance said. They will cost about $114,000 annually.

Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, has long pushed for an increased police presence downtown.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-chicago-loop-security-20180228-story.html

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Reply Armed private guards will patrol State Street to aid security downtown (Original post)
EarthFirst Mar 2018 OP
JDC Mar 2018 #1
TreasonousBastard Mar 2018 #2
EarthFirst Mar 2018 #5
TreasonousBastard Mar 2018 #6
USALiberal Mar 2018 #3
msongs Mar 2018 #4
Freethinker65 Mar 2018 #7

Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:04 PM

1. So contracting armed "police" is a bad idea.

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Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:05 PM

2. Pretty cheap-- one actual cop would cost more than that a year.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:08 PM

5. For one; its a three day a week gig...

Secondly; deputizing private security firms is largely a bad idea in my opinion.

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Response to EarthFirst (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:16 PM

6. Oops! Glazed over the 3-day gig, but...

it's still kinda cheap and sounds like eyewash to shut up certain mouths and not really do much.

And yes, guns and arrest authority to rent-a-cops is always a bad idea.

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Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:05 PM

3. I imagine there are some citizens I would trust more than the police. nt

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Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:08 PM

4. madness nt

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Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:19 PM

7. Downtown business district...dealing with panhandlers

Able to make arrests.



Hmmmmmmm?????

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