If there was any part of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2013
city budget that aldermen might question, it was the number of police on
the street. Murders are up this year citywide and several aldermen say Chicago needs more cops. There are about 1,000 fewer police officers in the CPD today than five years ago.
But Police Superintendent Garry
McCarthy was only partly scathed at a council budget committee
hearing today, suggesting aldermen will not revise Emanuel’s budget in
order to hire more police.
Council members did question how Emanuel and McCarthy arrived at the figure of having 12,500 officers by the end of 2013.
Scott Waguespack (32nd) asked the police head if there was a “written
formal analysis” on staffing. McCarthy responded there was not. Read more »