CHICAGO (CBS) — Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is not looking to hire more officers anytime soon, saying he needs to get more out of those already on the force.
McCarthy says he cannot ask for one officer until he gets 100 percent out of the ones he already has.READ MORE: Buckingham Fountain To Be Turned On Before Memorial Day After Sitting Dry For Over A Year Amid Pandemic
“The key here is stacking our resources in places that we get more bang for buck, which is in the district commands,” McCarthy said.
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Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that, though a series of re-deployments, he is close to his campaign promise of putting 1,000 more officers on the streets.
The Fraternal Order of Police has been critical of the plan, saying it doesn’t address the true need to hire more officers to fill actual vacancies.
“It’s a managerial change in philosophy,” McCarthy said. “Putting cops in the hands of district commanders, who are accountable for reducing crime.”MORE NEWS: Firefighters Rescue Person Hanging From Window Of Burning Building In West Pullman
The superintendent pointed to statistics that show overall crime is down 20 percent over the past six weeks, compared with the same period a year ago.