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13 Additional Chicago Police Officers To Join 1st Ward

November 18, 2016 - At long last. Good news for a community that has experienced a significant increase in crime this year. In an email issued to 1st Ward constituents earlier this week, Alderman Moreno announced the Fiscal Budget for 2017 had been passed during the City Council meeting. According to Moreno: "A significant aspect of the budget included funding for more police officers."

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Johnson has confirmed that 13 new officers have been added to the police districts in the 1st Ward, with additional officers to follow. The 1st Ward is comprised of different parts of West Town including: East Village, Ukrainian Village, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square. The 2017 budget includes a $60 million allocation to be used for 250 new police officers and 92 new field-training officers. The budget also includes provisions to hire 37 new sergeants and 50 new lieutenants;  in addition to 100 new police detectives.

The Chicago Police Department plans to hire 970 new police officers within the next two years. The majority of those new hires will be assigned to patrol. 

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