Tribune Does Math
We've been talking about this for what? Years? Especially the upcoming retirements. Now the Tribune wakes up and gets in on the act?
- The plan to grow the size of the Chicago Police Department could mean hiring more than 2,200 police officers over the next two years.
In a string of September announcements, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson laid out a series of police staffing proposals. There are three main parts:
1. Add 500 new officers.
2. Promote 470 officers to higher ranks and other positions and hire new officers to fill those empty spots.
3. Fill the department’s current vacancies, which as of Oct. 16 were 471.
That would grow the department by 1,400 new cops; however, to sustain that new level, the hires will have to come on top of as many as 800 retirements over the next two years, a number that could be much larger by some estimates.