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DC Memorial Information

DC Memorial Information

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DoingThingsRight---
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(Whilethetwostatementsimmediatelyaboveappeartobesimilar,theyarenotnecessarilysynonymousconcepts.)
ALWAYSREMEMBERED
In1962,PresidentKennedyproclaimedMay15thasNationalPeaceOfficersMemorialDayandthecalendarweekinwhichMay15thfalls,asNationalPoliceWeek.Overthemanyyears,membersoftheChicagoPoliceDepartmenthavemadethejourneyannuallytoWashingtonD.C.inMay,sharingintheobservancetohonorourfallen.In2002,followinqthe911tragedy,theChicagoPoliceDepartmenthadanunrivaledturnoutatJheNationalMemorial.OurattendanceequaledorexceededthatoftheNewYorkPoliceDepartment,who,alongwiththeNYPortAuthority,lostatotalof72lawenforcementmemberson911.Sincethen,th'eChicagoPoliceDepartmenthasupheldtheirreputationasoneofthelargestlawenforcementagenciesinattendanceforoveradecade.ThisrecognitionisduetothenumerousindividualCPDmemberswhosacrificedtheirowntimeandfundsoverthesemanyyearstobepartofthishonorabletradition.
DoingThingsRight
Duetoreasonsbeyondourcontrol,Chicagohasbeenchosen,orvolunteeredtohostboththeNATOandG8Summit(s)concurrentlyduringMaycoincidingwiththeNationalMemorial.Duetoourextremeunder-staffing,allfull5
th
Period,5B
&
5Aextensionoffurloughsarecancelled,withtheprobableinclusionofdaysoffandcompensatorytimemoratoriumsduringthatperiod.Thatshamefullymeansthat
no
activeChicagoPoliceOfficerswillbethereinuniformattheCapitolBuildingceremonyon15May,to"HonorAllOurFallen."
NONE!
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WhenourmembersretirefromtheChicagoPoliceDepartmenttheyonlygiveuptheiractivelegalstatus.Theydonotsurrendertheirvalues,prideorallegiance.TheywillforeverremainChicagoPoliceOfficers.Theyearnedthatright.Ourdedicatedworkingmembersare'callingforanassist'andweareaskingourretiredmemberstoonceagain,answerthecallandprovideback-up.InordertoupholdthereputabletraditionofhonoringallthosethatmadetheultimatesacrificeinlawenforcementinWashingtonD.C.2012,weareaskingthatourfellowretireesattendthisyearwhileourworkingbrothersandsistersServeandProtectandstaybehindtohandlethecrisisathome.Presently,thereweretwoactivelineofdutydeathsin2011thatwillbehonoredinDCin2012,Det.PaulNauden(Narcotics)andP.O.CliftonLewis(015).Inaddition,thereareafewhistoricalhonoreesthatdiedand/orwerekilledyearsbackandrecentlywererecognizedaseligible.Theirfamilies
deserve
toseerowuponrowofChicagopoliceofficersattheCapitolBuildingceremonyaswellasthosethatgavetheirlivesbeforethem.Fornow,'DoTheRightThing'andreadonaboutallthedetails,SightsandspecialactivitiesplannedforWashingtonD.C.thisyear.OurdedicatedretireescanassistinthistimehonoredtraditiontoassureourGoldStarFamiliesofourobligationtothemto,'NeverLetThemWalkAlone'andstrengthenourcommitmenttomakesuretheirlovedonedidnotdieinvainandwillbe...
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LWAYS
REM
EMB
ERED.
 
TheUnofficialChicagoPoliceGeneralInformationGuideWashingtonD.C.
2012
Tothoseofyouthatarereadingthis,asyouhaveexpressedaninterest,orhavechosentotakepartintheNationalPeaceOfficersMemorialinWashingtonD.C.,in2012,wewishtosay,
ThankYou
onbehalfofalltheGoldStarFamilymembers.Whetheryouhaveattendedinthepastorthismaybeyourfirsttime,wecanguaranteethatyouwillbemovedandimpressedbyyourexperiencesthere.You'llreturnwitharenewedoutlookandrespectforourprofession.AcheckwiththeirTourismBureauindicatesthatWashingtonD.C.isagainexperiencingashortageofroomsin2012duringourtimeframeduetoalargenumberofmeetingsintown,includinganarchitectandrealestateconventionthathastakenupmanyoftheroomsanddrivenuptheprices.ThisdoesnotincludethetensofthousandsofLawEnforcementOfficersfromthroughoutthenationbookingroomsfortheNationalMemorial.Hotelratesmaybeoffsetbysharingroomsandsplittingthecostsbetweenoccupants.Mostallowupto4occupants.Suiteshavesleeper-sofasinadditiontooneandtwobedsandorbedrooms.Checkwithindividualhotelstoverifyaccommodations.Notethat'downtownhotels',dur.ingtheweek,aremainlyoccupiedbybusinessmen,lobbyists,politicians,conventionsetc.whichkeepstheseconvenient,downtownratesrelativelyexpensive.Somehotelshavelowerratesforweekends.
If
bookingonyourown,askforthedailyandweekendrates.SomehotelslowertherateonSaturdayand/orSundayunlessyouweregivenaspecial(lower)overallrate.ManyhotelsgivetheCPD'Government'ratesduringPoliceWeekuponinquiry.Hotelsjustoutsideofthedowntownareatendtobeabitlessexpensive.
If
bookingoutsidethedowntownareachecktoseetheproximityfromyourhoteltotheclosestMetro*line.Somehotels·offerfreeshuttleservicetotheirclosestMetrostation.OnceontheMetrolinealldowntownlocationsandattractionsareecsilvaccessed.("'See"Transportation"forMetroinfo)Beawarethatsomehotels,whileindicatingtheyareclosetodowntownattractionsmaybeinlessdesirableneighborhoods.Checkcarefullywherethehotelislocatedpriortoconfirmingyourbooking.Ifusingairtravel,themostdirectandrecommendedairportisReaganNationalorDCA.(See"Airports"forapp.milesandfeestodowntownDC)Voumayalsoconsiderdrivingorbetteryet,carpooling.Theaveragedrivetime(fromChicago)isapp.10-12hrs.withvariousfactorsaffectingtravel.
It
mustbestressedhowever,thatyouneedtobookyourhotelreservationsA.S.A.P.,astheavailableroomsareatapremium,evenatthisearlybookingstage.Airfarealsofluctuatessothesamerulesapply.Thelongeryouwait,thehighertheratesandlessertheavailabilityevenatthelessdesirablehotels.PlainlystatedBookyourroomsNOW!
HOTELS
Abadhotelencountercanmakeforanoverallbadvacationexperience.Fartoomanyvariablessuchaspersonalneeds,priorities,amenities,tasteandbudgetforexample,makeitimpracticalforaone-size-fitsallrecommendationforaparticularhotelinDCthisyear.Membersmayseekaccommodationsontheirownthroughthetypicalmethods,(i.e.travelagents,friendsorInternethotelcomparisonofratesandavailability.)AsimplewaytosearchthemajorityofthehotelsitesistogotoKayakcomwhichhasanoptiontosearchmultiplesitesforcomparison.OnceonKayakcom,clickonthe"SearchAll"optionwhichwillallowyouaccesstoHotels.com,Hotwire.com,Priceline.com,Expedia.comandBooking.comSimultaneously,allontheoriginalKayaksite.Wehavemadenumerousinquiriesintodiscountedgroupbookingratesforourmembers.FollowingarealistofhotelsthatmerelyrespondedbacktooursurveyandareonlylistedinthisInformationGuideatthistimeasareferenceforcomparison,baseduponcost,locationandamenities.Uponapplication,alimitednumberofroomswereheldbyeachoftheseindividualhotelsina'groupblock'underthediscountedreservationdeSignation,'ChicagoPoliceDept.'Eachhotelhastheirownacceptancepolicies(
i.e,
reservationscut-offdates,cancellations,extensions,check-inlouttimes,incidentalsetc.)whichmustbeconsideredandistheresponsibilityoftheindividualmemberstomakeinquiriespriortoacceptance.Thehotelslistedareacross-sectionofprices,amenitiesandlocationsneartheairport,downtownDCandArlingtonVAasanexampleofthevariationsofferedbyeachhotel.AlllistedhotelshavecloseaccesstotheMetrorailorprovideshuttleservice.
 
HOTELS
(Continued)
Asstatedonthepreviouspages,hotelsinD.<:.duringourtimeperiod(13-16May,2012)areatapremiumthisyearwithratesunusuallyhigh.Youshouldcheckonyourownthroughthevariousmethodstobookahotelaccordingto
your
needsandbudget.Thatway,youcanviewfirst-hand,therates,locationandamenitiesandcomparethemtotheratesofferedatthehotelslistedhere.Thereisnoliabilityorquidproquoacceptedinpostingvarioushotelshereforreference.Again,thehotelslistedbelowaremerelythosethatrespondedbacktoourrequestforagroupdiscountandarewithinourliberalguidelinesfortheirinclusionhere.Thecostfactor,manyintheupperrange,arelistedinconsiderationthattheroomswouldbesharedwithapartner,fellowattendeeetc..diVidingthechargesbetween,2,3or4people,thusmakingthecostabitmorereasonable.Forexample,two'AllSuite'hotelsarelistedinitiallyinArlingtonastheyhavediscountedtheirratesfromthoseavailableonline.BothindicatetheyofferfreebreakfastdailyandalightdinnerofferedonMondaythruWednesdayfortheirguests.Theyoffersinglebedroom1
&
2bedsuiteswithkitchensincludedandtwobedroom/twobathssuitesaswell.Mosthaveadditionalpull-outsofasleepersforadditionalguests.Allthevariations/featurescannotbeincludedhere,justthe'basics'toallowonetocallandmakethenecessaryinquiriesastotheirparticularneedsandbudget.Checktoverifyyourneeds.Finally,ifyoufindthehotelcomparisonsearchtoodauntingatask,weresearchedanotheroptionthatyoumayelecttochoose.Wecontacted'EileenFord'ofHainesHotelServices,whowasrecommendedbyLindaMoonGregory,NationalPresidentofC.O.P.S.Eileenbooksa1000hotelsintheDCareafor
ConcernsofPo/iceSurvivors
(C.D.P.S.)theofficialagency,alongwithF.D.P.,thatmakesallthearrangementsforthesurvivorsandGoldStarFamilyMembersofalllawenforcementofficersfor'PoliceWeek'inDCannually.Givenoursituation,Eileenindicatedthatshewould,"workwithanyindividual,oranysizegroup,accordingtoyourparticularbudget(s)."Giveheracallandexplainyourneedsandallowablepricerangeandshewillworkwithyouonaone-an-one,individualorgroupbasis.Hercontactinfois...eileen@haineshotelservices.comPhone:3018651631,Cell:2404571217.Mentionthe'ChicagoPoliceRetirees"whenyoucontactherassheisfamiliarwithourcircumstancesthisyearandofferedtoassistus.Thisisafreeserviceandsheappearssincereinherproposalandfamiliarwithcost
+
location.Thereisalsoasecond,newlyofferedoptionavailablethroughtheNationalMemorialwebsite.Toaccesstheirsite,first(Google)"PoliceWeek2012."Dncethere,clickon,"Hotels2012,"andfollowalongtheirsiteforhotelsandprices.Beawarethatthepricethereshouldnotnecessarilybe
the
decidingfactor.TheruleinandaroundWashingtonD.C.islocation,location,location.Forexample,itisrecommendedthatyouavoidtheNEquadrantofD.C.Pleasedon'tgetdiscouragedbythetopicofthevarioushotelscosts,amenitiesandlocations.TheyareindicatedheretomerelyallowyoutomakeaninformeddecisionaboutD.C.,especiallyifit'syourfirsttime.TheclosertodowntownandproximitytotheMetrodirectlyaffectspricing.Asstatedearlier,abadhotelencountercanmakeforanoverallbadvacationexperience,so,askquestions.
DOWNTOWND.C
Coanfoz1InnDowntownD.C./ConventionCente..
120113
th
StreetNW,WashingtonD.C.Phone:**(202)682-5300Parking:$30.00daily
Amenities/Info:$169.00anightappearstobetheleastexpensivedowntownD.C.Hotelrateforthesingletraveler.Walkingdistancetomanydowntownsightsandapp.3.5blockstotheclosestMetro(McPhearsonSq)line.FourmilesfromtheReaganNationalAirport,andwhileinexpensiveforadowntownhotel,IFyouaredriving,pleasenotethedailyparkingratewhenconsideringthishotelinyourbudget.Freehotbreakfast/newspaper......''NOTE:Ifyou_goonlineorcallthehoteldirectly,thedailyrateis$259.00anight.Thisrate,asprovisionslast,isonlyavailablebyusingthe2
nd
optionstatedabove(GooglePoliceWeek2012)clickingon'hotels'andenteringtherequiredinfothenchoosingthe'ComfortInnDowntownDC'hoteltogettheNationalMemorialdiscountedrate,$169.00anight
+
tax.Checkdetailsbeforeyoubook.

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