Budget Director Lies
Hiring 200 officers all year "will not be sufficient. It's not an average time," she said, noting that homicides and other violent crime are continuing to rise.
Police Committee Chairman Isaac Carothers (29th) said the decision to slow police hiring -- after Daley reneged on last year's promise to add 75 officers -- would have a "devastating impact on public safety."
Budget Director Bennett Johnson argued that the Police Department started the year with a record-low, 11 vacancies and is only now returning to, what he called a "more normal level."
But you can bet we'll hit the projected number of retirements, thereby increasing the shortage everyone knows is there but no one admits.
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