Police Layoffs in Progress: Lake in the Hills, Naperville, Prospect Heights

Lake in the Hills
In October 2010 Lake in the Hills officials began the process of laying off two officers, eliminating two positions through attrition, and demoting a sergeant to patrol officer.

Prospect Heights
On Sunday, six Prospect Heights Police Department patrol officers were laid off — a decrease from 21 police officers to 15 police officers.

Prospect Heights Police Department Patrol Staff with 21 Personnel
Weekdays … 3 police officers on patrol and responding to calls
Weeknights … 4 police officers on patrol and responding to calls
Weekend Days … 4 police officers on patrol and responding to calls
Weekend Nights … 5 police officers on patrol and responding to calls

One year ago, city officials imposed mandatory furloughs of 30 days-a-year on each city employee. The Metropolitan Alliance of Police, the union representing Prospect Heights police officers, filed a grievance, saying the furloughs violated their contract with the city. An arbitrator ruled in the police union’s favor, because furloughs were not part of the contract. Layoffs are contractually permitted, and were announced Sunday, and confirmed by a unanimous city council vote Monday night. Police Chief Bruce Morris resigned on October 27, 2010, two days after layoff discussions began.

Prior to the institution of the Prospect Heights Police Department about 20 years ago, police services were provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department.

Area police departments are able to provide mutual aid to neighboring cities. Prospect Heights police and Arlington Heights police officers have worked together on cases — particularly on complicated borders between the two communities along Rand Road and at the intersection of Palatine Road and Schoenbeck Road. Arlington Heights police also work mutually with Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Wheeling Police Departments; and the Cook County Sheriff’s deputies — particularly in unincorporated Arlington Heights at the far northwest border of the village limits. If any one of the communities experience layoffs, it is likely that police operations involving mutual operations would be affected, and the need for mutual operations may be increased.

Six Naperville police officers were laid off Monday — less than one week after the city announced a three-year contract agreement with the police union that Naperville could not afford. The six police officers are scheduled to leave in 15 days, and are the newest members of the police department.

One patrol officer was laid off from each of the department’s four shifts. One officer was also released from the juvenile crimes division, and one from the traffic division and general assignment investigations.

Ten vacant police positions were eliminated in January 2010, which caused two graduates of the police academy to lose positions they were prepared to accept.

The police union has been representing 137 police officers.