Chicago police are restricting time off for officers after the vaccination mandate deadline, reports CNN subsidiary
“For the time being, the use of voting time by sworn CPD members is restricted. In addition, the use of the election time requires the prior consent of the deputy head or higher within the chain of command of the requesting member, ”says the memo received from WLS.
The memo was issued to all sworn officers on Saturday and should be read for five consecutive days at all CPD roll calls, reports the WLS.
The restrictions come because up to half of Chicago police officers could take unpaid leave due to a dispute between their union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the requirement that city workers be vaccinated and reveal their vaccination status.
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has opposed 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 firmly believe this is a presentation and they are not going to post the information on the portal or take a test, then it is me can safely say the city of Chicago will have 50% or less police this weekend, “police union president John Catanzara said last week.
“This is not because of the FOP, but 100% because of the mayor’s unwillingness to break with her hard line.
Lightfoot said the city would take the weekend on Friday to check with officials who failed to comply before putting them on unpaid leave, and it didn’t think it would happen Saturday or Sunday. Lightfoot said officers should be on duty until their supervisors notified them they were on leave.
Covid-19 is the leading killer of officers across the country, according to the Officer Down Memorial page.