As many as 200 police officers will join the ranks of the Chicago Police
Department next year, in addition to the class of 120 officers that
began their training on September 1, the Sun-Times reports this morning. The money for the officers will be included in outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's last budget. But it's still unclear whether the
hires will ultimately mean more police on the street, given attrition within the department. "You probably have a couple hundred people retiring. It's not gonna be a net gain," said Ald. Anthony Beale (9th Ward), the chair of the City Council's police committee.