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Chicago Police Burn Through Two-Thirds Of OT Budget

(Credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

(Credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago police department has already spent two-thirds of its overtime budget for the entire year.

The Sun-Times reports that’s raising questions of how it’ll pay for the traditional increase in crime over the summer months.

Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields says spending that much of the year’s overtime budget during the “snowy months” of January, February and March underscores the need for more police hiring.

The paper reports some of the $21 million overtime bill went to officers working in “Operation Impact.”

In February, 200 officers a day started working overtime in the 20 most violent zones of the city.