Heading into year No. 2 of a hiring slowdown, the Chicago Police Department is now nearly 2,000 officers short of its authorized strength of 13,500, counting vacancies, medical leave and limited duty, records show -- with 36 percent of police jobs at O'Hare Airport unfilled.
After hiring only 46 police officers this year, Mayor Daley's 2010 budget counts on federal stimulus funds to boost manpower next year. Still, just 86 officers are to be added, 30 of them to patrol CTA buses and L trains.
That's nowhere near enough to fill 596 vacancies and a wave of retirements.
Of course, whoever fed Fran the numbers is counting Medical, IOD and Limited Duty, so even that isn't a true number. But it's getting closer.
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