CHICAGO (CBS) — Over the next two years, the Chicago Police Department plans to hire enough new officers to fill approximately 470 existing vacancies, and expand its authorized strength by 500 officers.
Supt. Eddie Johnson detailed the hiring effort at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Supt. Eddie Johnson said the plan is to hire 970 new officers over 2-years in addition to any current openings. That would raise the number of sworn Chicago police officers from the current 12,500 authorized to just over 13,500.