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Mayor Goes on CPD Ride-Along With McCarthy

Pair together again Monday morning at a graduation ceremony for police recruits at Navy Pier

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The tour through the Chicago Police Department's 3rd and 6th districts came just days after a mass shooting at a park on the city's south side and on a weekend that saw more than 20 people wounded by bullets.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday night went on a ride-along with police Supt. Garry McCarthy through the city's "toughest neighborhoods."

The tour through the Chicago Police Department's 3rd and 6th districts came just days after a mass shooting at a park on the city's south side and on a weekend that saw more than 20 people wounded by bullets.

At the same time, department officials released statistics indicating that through Sunday, homicides in the city were down 20 percent year-to-date, citywide shootings were down 22 percent and overall crime was down 15 percent.

Emanuel and McCarthy were together again Monday at a graduation ceremony for police recruits at Navy Pier.

"Treat every member of the public the way you would want your family member to be treated," McCarthy told the new officers.

The ceremony is the ninth of the year, and means that more than 600 new officers have been added to the department since the beginning of the year. 

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