Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to approve a $55,000 contract with Logan Consulting Services of Evanston to provide a diversity and inclulsion workshop series for the police department.

Logan Consulting is operated by Gilo Kwesi Logan, the son of retired Evanston Police Chief Bill Logan. Gilo Logan is an instructor of justice studies at Northeastern Illinois University and founder of the non-profit S.O.U.L Creations agency that offers arts-in-education enrichment programs.

In a memo to aldermen, Police Chief Richard Eddington says the year-long program would seek to show that the city and police department are responsive to the needs of the community.

The program, among other goals, would seek to increase cultural awareness, knowledge and skills for strengthening partnerships with the community.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Kudos to Chief Eddington

    Wise decision by Chief Rich Eddington to hire this locally base consulting firm to begin working with his officers .   Another great decision following his choice for Deputy Chief to be James Pickett.    We are fortunate to have Chief Eddington in Evanston.

    1. Police on the street!

      How many additional hours could this money get Evanston with extra police on the street. I will take more of our great police men and women and less concultants!!!!! Stop spending money we don't have!

      1. I don’t have a problem with

        I don't have a problem with the spend. It's a pretty small investment in training and if it prevents one unneccessary incident it will have paid for itself.

        Plenty of places in Evanston to bitch about stupid spending but this is not one of them.

      2. I don’t know what an Evanston
        I don’t know what an Evanston police officer makes per year, but i am betting that $55,000.00 would not get us much. This is cheap preventative medicine before something stupid happens, and we are left wondering why the city did not take steps to try to prevent this.

        1. Police costs

          Evanston will spend $27.8 million on police department operations plus another $8.4 million on police pension fund payments this year or a combined total of $36.2 million.

          It has a total of 226 police department employees (officers and civilians).

          So, in very rough terms, each police employee costs $160,000 a year — in salary, benefits, equipment and other costs.

          The current salary range for an Evanston police officer, depending on experience, runs from $59,822 to $87,093 per year.

          — Bill

  2. Subsidy for living in Evanston?

    I attended the 2/5 ward meeting they introduced about 5-6 police officers all of them were black.

    Those in attendance were mostly black, a question was asked how many of the officers lived in Evanston?  It appear none.

    Why doesn't the city use affordable housing funds etc to create a program for officers to buy homes here in the so called high crime areas ( 5th ward, 8th ward) ?

    In speaking to a few of the officers  after the meeting they expressed an interest in a program that would offer them a forgiveable loan. That is pay for som percentage of the property provide they lived there for some years.

    The city appears more interested in consultants, and wasting huge amounts of money giving money to people running affordable housing programs, we even give money to groups not even in the community!



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