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Chicago Police Department restricts time off for officers after vaccine mandate deadline, CNN affiliate reports

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“Until further notice, the use of elective time by sworn CPD members is restricted. Furthermore, the use of elective time will require prior approval from the Deputy chief or above within the requesting member’s chain of command,” the memo obtained by WLS reads.

The memo was issued Saturday to all sworn officers and was to be read at all CPD roll calls for five consecutive days, WLS reports.

A second memo, issued Sunday and obtained by WLS, threatened the termination of officers who do not comply with the department’s vaccination policy.

According to the memo, any civilian or sworn employee who disobeys a direct order to comply with the city’s vaccination policy “will become the subject of a disciplinary investigation that could result in a penalty up to and including separation from the Chicago Police Department. Furthermore, sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials.”

The memos come as up to half of Chicago’s rank-and-file police officers could face discipline because of a dispute between their union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the city’s requirement city employees be vaccinated and disclose their vaccine status.

Up to half of Chicago police officers could be put on unpaid leave over vaccine dispute
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has spoken out against the mandate to report vaccine status, telling officers they are not required to comply, and the police department has its own Covid-19 policy.

“If we suspect the numbers are true, and we get a large number of our members who stand firm on their beliefs that this is an overreach, and they’re not going to supply the information in the portal or submit to testing, then it’s safe to say the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50% or less for this weekend coming up,” police union president John Catanzara said last week.

“That is not because of the FOP; that is 100% because of the mayor’s unwillingness to budge from her hard line. So whatever happens because of the manpower issue, that falls at the mayor’s doorstep.”

Lightfoot said Friday the city would take the weekend to check with officers who have not complied.

Covid-19 is the leading cause of death for officers across the country, according to the Officer Down Memorial page.

2021-10-18 03:37:31

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