Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy said officers were being taken off of administrative duty so they can hit the streets for the duration of the Chicago Teachers Union strike.
Chicagoans are likely going to notice more uniformed officers on the streets during the duration of the teacher strike.
"We're emptying out our offices," police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Sunday night at a press conference at the Harold Washington Library. "We're taking officers who are on administrative duties -- we're shutting down administrative duties -- we're putting those officers on the streets to deal with potential protests at various locations throughout the city."
The police department's main goals, according to McCarthy:
McCarthy said the hours of tactical units will also be extended, beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, so that more officers are in uniform and on the streets.
The Chicago Teachers Union late Sunday said it would take to the picket line after intensive talks with Chicago Public Schools officials failed to result in a new contract. It's the first teacher work stoppage in Chicago since October 1987.