In the past, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has opted to pay police staff overtime fees instead of adding to the existing police force, a strategy which has cost around $100 million a year, according to the Associated Press. That would mark the highest number of budgeted jobs since the Richard M. Daley administration, he said. Another exam is planned for late next year to ensure the hiring pool continues to mirror the city's population, Johnson said.
"We've gotten really good at re-deploying".
But the mayor's communications director, Adam Collins, promised the new police officers would be paid for 'without an increase in general revenue taxes'.
The result of those discussions led to the plan he announced Wednesday in front of dozens of officers.
Police officials said they plan to hire new officers to replace those who are promoted.
All of about 12,500 sworn officers will undergo the two-day training within about a year, which includes drills to test their reactions and judgment, according to The Chicago Tribune. "We'll train and mentor officers who make honest mistakes, but I will not tolerate intentional misconduct", he said.
"So we're meeting it with a new response, which is more police, more technology, greater investment in mentoring, our summer jobs and our afterschool", he said. Alderman Anthony Beale, and Alderwoman Pat Dowell, who both represent Chicago's South Side, told the Associated Press policing has to be viewed as only part of the problem.
"While the 2017 budget is not yet final, we continue to identify all possible savings, reforms and sustainable funding to invest in the Police Department - but we won't have an increase in property tax, sales tax, or gas tax", he said. And when Emanuel gives what he's called a "major address" on policing Thursday evening, he is expected to include more money for community efforts aimed at creating more mentorship and education opportunities for disadvantaged youth, a source said. The new positions will bring the department's total number to about 13,500.
Looks like the number of new bodies is 516, but City Hall is trying to get you to think it's really 970 by promoting cops already on the force to be detectives, sergeants, lieutenants and field training officers.
Chicago's police department to add almost 1,000 new positions over the next two years, a move that comes as the city deals with a dramatic increase in shootings and homicides and is racked with financial woes that threaten basic services.
But Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't explain how the city, which is grappling with financial woes that threaten basic services, will pay for the hiring spree.
Johnson says it's a hard time to be a police officer with added pressures and cellphone videos.
His comments come as Chicago is seeing a spike in violent crime and dealing with fallout from the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald, which prompted a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.
When he first campaigned, Emanuel pledged to put more officers on the street without increasing the size of the department.