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CPD Offers Overtime to Combat Violence

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    Chicago police on Monday outlined a new crime-fighting initiative.

    Officers who are regularly making arrests and writing tickets will be able to get more time on the street and overtime pay, according to a memo released by the Fraternal Order of Police.

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    The move comes after a particularly violent weekend in Chicago, with at least eight dead and more than 40 injured in shootings throughout the city and a string of wilding incidents in the downtown area.

    The "Violence Reduction Overtime Initiative" begins Thursday, and officers will be able to work Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays on their regularly-scheduled days off and scheduled furlough days.

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    But in order to be considered for the program and get the time-and-a-half pay, officers need to meet certain goals in terms of the number of tickets written and arrests made.

    "We're going to make sure that our deployment is accurate so that we can prevent these things from happening." police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday morning.

    Officers chosen for the violence reduction plan will report to the police station at 61st and Racine on the city's south side. That's not far from where Fr. Michael Pfleger on Monday night joined community members in another show of solidarity and a call to end the code of silence on the streets.