UPDATED: 1/31/2013 – 5:45 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing one of its deadliest Januarys in a decade, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced on Thursday that 200 officers currently on desk duty will be put on the streets.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the officers might have been heading back to patrol duty anyway, but were being rushed out there in response to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old honor student, a mounting murder tally, and a distraught and frustrated mayor.
The officers will be redeployed to area headquarters with high incidents of gang violence and gun crimes. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday.
“This is part of a strategy that we have started from Day One: to make sure that we have our resources effectively and strategically applied to where we have our challenges,” the mayor said.
WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports the move follows the deadliest January for Chicago, in terms of murders, since 2002. As of Tuesday, Chicago had recorded at least 42 homicides for the month.