Mayor Emanuel Adds 150 Officers to Chicago Neighborhoods

June 13, 2011

The news has been filled lately with terrible stories of mob violence throughout Chicago communities, including some attacks on the Magnificant Mile and the Near North Side.

In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy held a press conference on Sunday in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood to announce the deployment of 150 police officers throughout the city in an effort to improve safety in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Chicago police logo“We are putting them where they can have the best immediate impact on our communities, working with residents — on the beat,” said Mayor Emanuel.

“There’s a safety and a security, that is our No. 1 goal, and we are going to bring it and people should have reassurance of that.”

The officers are being reassigned from administrative and desk duties and will begin their new assignments by Sunday, June 19.

The districts set to receive the additional police officers are 2, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25. Those include the districts of Wentworth, Deering, Ogden, Monroe, Wood, Shakespeare, Albany Park, Near North, Belmont, Lincoln, Prairie, Morgan Park, Town Hall, Rogers Park and Grand Central.

In May, Mayor Emanuel redeployed 500 police officers from the Mobile Strike Force and Targeted Response Unit to Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 15. His campaign promise was to put 1,000 more police officers onto the streets of Chicago.

Today’s announcement was made in front of the Illinois Centennial Monument, which is covered in graffiti.

Let’s hope this move ultimately makes Chicago a safer place to be.

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