At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Superintendent Garry McCarthy laid out plans that he says will streamline his department, and make policing the city more effective
McCarthy says he is "putting officers" on the street, "where crime rates are the highest."
Starting at midnight tonight, the 21st, also known as the Prairie district, will close its doors. Its officers will fold into four other districts (1st, 2nd, 9th, and 19th), and they will work out of the 'Town Hall' (23rd) district. 'Town Hall' will retain its name, but will be turned into the new 19th district.
McCarthy says "we have put more officers on the street and we are creating efficiencies to better serve the residents in communities across Chicago."
Besides the consolidations, the Area Commands will also be reduced from 5 Areas to 3 Areas (Central: Area 1, South: Area 2 and North: Area 3). McCarthy says the changes will put nearly 100 more patrol officers on the street. He says it will save the city and the department between 10 to 12 million dollars.
Later this year, the Wood (13th) and Monroe (12th) districts, will also be closed. The closing of the Prairie, Wood and Monroe will reduce the number of districts from 25 to 22. McCarthy stresses that the city will be covered.