My condolences to the family and friends of Officer Richard Francis, who was killed last week while on duty near Belmont & Western. I have to wonder if the Chicago Police Dept. manpower shortage contributed to his death. If he had been working with a partner, he might still be alive.
I am concerned about the safety of officers working alone at night, and about the safety of all of us who depend on them in emergency situations. The number of retiring officers is still a lot higher than the number of new recruits to replace them.