Updated: July 17, 2011 9:06PM
Ninety-two police officers from administrative positions and some new recruits will be placed on street beats, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Dept. Supt. Garry McCarthy announced Sunday during a press conference at a Far South Side park.
The conference started at 1:30 p.m. at Palmer Park, 201 East 111th Street.
The move will enhance police officers’ capacity to protect the streets and build strong relationships with community members in the neighborhoods they serve, according to a statement from police News Affairs.
Of these 92 officers, 53 are graduated recruits from the Chicago Police Academy.
“Successful policing begins with the beat officers who earn the trust of the communities they serve, shift by shift and patrol by patrol,’’ said Mayor Emanuel in the statement.
“These police recruits have made that commitment to our residents, and are ready to join officers in Chicago’s neighborhoods to help make every community a safe place to work, play, learn and build a life.’’
Starting July 21st, the 53 Probationary Police Officers, who graduated from the Police Academy last spring, will be deployed to districts 4, 6, 8, 10, 15 and 24. In addition to those officer, CPD will redeploy officers from administrative positions throughout the department, the statement said.
These officers, including five sergeants, will begin July 21st in districts 1,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,15,18,22,23 and 24. This is the third group of officers to be redeployed to communities since Mayor Emanuel took office in May.
On May 24th, Mayor Emanuel announced that 500 police officers would be redeployed to the beat. Those officers came primarily from the Mobile Strike Force and Targeted Response Units, and were sent to districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 15.
On June 12th, the Mayor announced the shifting of 150 officers from administrative positions across every bureau of the department. Those officers were sent to districts 2, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.