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150 More Police Officers Move From Desk To Streets

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Chicago police officer standing on a corner (Credit: CBS)

Chicago police officer standing on a corner (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Expect to see more police officers on the streets in several neighborhoods across the city, as 150 officers leave their desk jobs and move to patrol.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says the officers will be assigned to permanent beat patrols in 15 of the city’s 25 police districts, including Wentworth, Near North, Rogers Park, and Shakespeare – which is headquartered in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The plan to add more officers was announced earlier this month. It follows a move made by Emanuel within days of taking office, to reassign 500 officers to beat duty.

“These officers are going to be the backbone of our police department working on the beat,” Mayor Emanuel said on June 12.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that day that the officers will be assigned to “areas that we thought were critical, that we could make an impact pretty quickly.”

Shakespeare District Commander Linda Flores said June 12 that of the dozen or so new cops she’ll be getting, she said “There’s a lot of different things that I have in mind… my mind is rolling with what I’m going to do with them.”

She wouldn’t talk in detail about her plans for the additional officers. She smiled and said, “The bad guys will never know.”

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