CHICAGO (CBS) — CHICAGO (CBS) – At City Council budget hearings on Thursday, some aldermen were angered that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy could not immediately tell them exactly how many officers are currently on the force.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) is one of several aldermen who have said the city should hire more police officers, but he was frustrated when he asked McCarthy how many cops are on the job right now, and the superintendent said he did not have the precise figures.
“That’s why I said I want to get them right, and we’ll get them to you,” he said.
That drew the ire of Munoz, who said he was “offended” the superintendent came unprepared to provide specifics on staffing at the department’s budget review.
“How can we have a conversation about staffing levels if the superintendent doesn’t have the numbers?,” Munoz said. “It’s a trick not to have the conversation in public and I, for one, feel offended.”