While our attention is riveted to the goings-on in the Police Dept., I though I'd point something out that came across the neighborhood-watch telegraph:
Namely, if you do not give a specific address when calling the police, the location does not get logged for the purpose of cumulative statistics. The result is that Lincoln Park supposedly had between three and seven police calls for the third quarter of 2008, despite the fact that residents made dozens of calls (two by me, in fact). That's right: If you report suspicious activity/burglary/felonious leaf-blowing on the 100 block of Primrose Path, the location will not get logged -- you must give a specific house number.
This is utter codswallop, but it hardly seems like a chief-firing offense.