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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced today the deployment of 150 police officers to districts throughout the city as part of a continued effort to improve safety in Chicago’s neighborhoods.
“We are putting them where they can have the best immediate impact on our communities, working with residents – on the beat,” said Mayor Emanuel at a press conference at the Illinois Centennial Monument in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.
Districts scheduled to receive the additional police officers include 2, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.
The officers will begin their new assignments next Sunday, June 19th. These assignments are permanent.
At the press conference, Mayor Emanuel praised the “exceptional police work” that went into finding and filing charges against the offender involved in the shooting of two young girls last week. He also noted that 33 arrests have already been made in connection with recent group attacks downtown.
“The identification and apprehension of the offender was a team effort – our officers worked tirelessly across districts and divisions and intimately with the community, which provided solid information to generate leads¸” added Mayor Emanuel. “This type of community partnership is exactly what we want to see happen in Chicago.”
On May 24th, Mayor Emanuel announced that 500 police officers primarily from the Department’s Mobile Strike Force and Targeted Response Unit would be redeployed to districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 15.