The Chicago Police Department intends to hire 970 new police officers in an effort to combat spiking levels of violence in the city.
CPD officials say the department will hire 516 patrol officers, 92 field-training officers, 200 detectives, 112 sergeants and 50 lieutenants.
The new hires will be made over a two-year period, at a cost of nearly $134 million. It's not clear how the city will finance the hiring plan.
Chicago currently has over 12,000 police officers. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 970 new hires are enough to bring the department back to 2011 staffing levels.