According to WGN News, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has laid out his new plans for the police department as a way for the city to save money. The plans include closing the 21st District and 19th District police stations. Additionally, more than 100 officers will be reassigned to beat duty. McCarthy is stating these changes will help save the city $10 million to $12 million per year.
Here are some facts on the other recent alterations to the department.
* Upon his inauguration, Mayor Rahm Emanuel selected McCarthy, who had been leading the police department in Newark, N.J., to be the new Chicago Police Superintendent, according to WBEZ.
* Emanuel chose McCarthy because of his experience leading the police department and the fact Newark's murder rate and civilian complaints had decreased since he had taken the position.
* Reassigning officers to beat duty has been a major initiative of Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy and in May, more than 500 officers were put on street patrol of their assigned districts, noted the Chicago Tribune.
* Mayor Emanuel's new strategy is to have more police officers interacting with residents and focusing on crime within their individual districts instead of swooping into outside hotspots when a crime occurs.
* According to another Chicago Tribune article, in August, McCarthy created six new police bureaus, each with its own chief, as a way to simplify the department's command structure.
* The newly created bureaus are the patrol bureau, the detectives bureau, the organized crime bureau, internal affairs, administrative services, and organizational development.
* WLS reported that in September, the city began considering closing as many as five of the 25 district police stations, but at the time it was unknown which specifically would be closed.
* Prior to Mayor Emanuel taking office, former mayor Richard M. Daley continued to run a program to rebuild Chicago's police stations, many of which are still not being used completely today.
* Late last month, the Chicago Sun-Times added the mayor announced the city would purchase 500 Ford interceptor sedans and SUVs being built at Ford's manufacturing plant on the south side for the police department over the next five year.
* The Interceptor will replace the old Crown Victoria as the typical police car and the SUVs will be equipped with four-wheel-drive, making them better to drive during Chicago winters.
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