Chicago police measure morale with survey May 17, 2009 5:58 PM | 1 Comment For months, Chicago police officers have been saying privately that morale at the department is at an all-time low. Now Supt. Jody Weis wants to see just how true that may be. The department launched an online survey of its members last week, hoping to determine how they feel about morale and stress on the job. The survey, conducted with the help of University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, is intended to examine how well pilot programs for alternative shifts are going but also give Weis a look at overall morale, said Bill Dougherty, first vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents rank-and-file officers.
The survey, which includes more than 50 questions, asks department members about how their job affects time with their families, their satisfaction with the department and even whether they've considered working for other departments, Dougherty said.
Department members have until mid-June to complete the online survey, and results are expected by the end of summer, police said.
"We want to provide the best workplace environment for our employees," Weis said in a statement. "That is why we are interested in the experiences of our department members and how they are affected by everyday work issues. We encourage everyone to fill out the survey in an open and honest manner."
The department and UIC are promising that those who participate in the survey won't be identified, although they will have to input a code to allow the department to measure responses by years of service and unit.
Though the FOP helped draft the survey, Dougherty said the union hasn't endorsed the survey for its members because it wasn't allowed to take part in the collection of the surveys.
______________________________________________ We don't need a survey WEIS already said morale is fine because we go on 10-1 calls (officer need assistance ). When I came on in the 90's they had a rating system which they are trying to implement again. This rating system was a joke everyone who worked the desk or in the commanders officer received a 90% or higher. If you received a 75% or lower you didn't get your step raise . They could only give out so many 90's & 80's scores. Guess what if a Sgt. didn't like you your stuck with a low score which many officers refused to sign . Morale will go even lower with this idiotic rating system i hope the FOP does something about this
We are BITCHES IN BLUE. Not like that is a bad thing. We are strong women, with a fierce love for "the job", a fierce love for family, a fierce loyalty for our friends, and a fierce respect and loyalty for our brother's and sister's in blue. We are patriot's, we are warrior's. We are strong women, that fight the good fight everyday. We believe in truth, justice and the American way. We love our country, we love our job, and most importantly we stand for integrity, truth and reality. We are not women that have sat behind a desk our whole career's, we have fought the noble fight on the streets along side our partner's throughout our career's. We fight for life, liberty and the American way. Right is RIGHT.
Yes we are hot, yes we are beautiful, yes we are the police and most importantly YES we are American's.