Along with four new deaths and 15 wounded people in Chicago over the weekend, perhaps it comes as relief that the CPD will put 53 new police officers on the streets, according to an announcement made by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller yesterday. The new batch of police officers is part of a new 2-year plan to increase the Chicago Police Department with a goal of 1,000 officers.
“We are putting more police on the street – from the far north side to the far south side to the west side and neighborhoods in between – and we are getting gangs, guns and drugs off the street,” said Mayor Emanuel. The officers joined as part of a new police recruitment campaign called “Be the Change” that hopes to build a “more diverse department” with “future leaders who define how police support, protect and work together with Chicago’s communities,” according to the news release from the CPD.
The amount of new officers doesn’t necessarily reflect an abnormal amount of new graduates from the police academy though. According to the Chicago Police spokesperson, officer Rocco Alioto, “It all depends on how many they get through, when the classes start, and when the officers themselves are available to start the academy.”