Ninety-two police officers from administrative positions and some new recruits will be placed on street beats, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Dept. Supt. Garry McCarthy announced Sunday during a press conference at a Far South Side park.
Police say the move will enhance officers’ capacity to protect the streets and build strong relationships with community members in the neighborhoods they serve.
“Successful policing begins with the beat officers who earn the trust of the communities they serve, shift by shift and patrol by patrol,” Mayor Emanuel said.
“These police recruits have made that commitment to our residents, and are ready to join officers in Chicago’s neighborhoods to help make every community a safe place to work, play, learn and build a life.”
Of the 92 officers, 53 are recently graduated recruits from the Chicago Police Academy.
Starting July 21st, the 53 Probationary Police Officers, who graduated last spring, will be deployed to districts 4, 6, 8, 10, 15 and 24. In addition to those officer, CPD will redeploy officers from administrative positions throughout the department.
These officers, including five sergeants, will begin July 21st in districts 1,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,15,18,22,23 and 24. This is the third group of officers to be redeployed to communities since Mayor Emanuel took office in May.
On May 24, Emanuel announced that 500 police officers would be redeployed to the beat. Those officers came primarily from the Mobile Strike Force and Targeted Response Units, and were sent to districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 15.
On June 12th, the Mayor announced the shifting of 150 officers from administrative positions across every bureau of the department. Those officers were sent to districts 2, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.