Monday, July 16, 2012
WE LIKE TO THANK THE BROTHER MAN..... City could spend $14 million on police OVERTIME this summer
The Chicago Police Department could pay officers up to $14 million in overtime this summer as part of its plan to curb an increase in violence, a spokeswoman said Monday.
The money already was accounted for in the department's budget and mirrors what the city has spent on similar violence-reduction initiatives in previous years, said Sarah Hamilton, a spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Emanuel said this year's strategy is being directed in a more "targeted way" in the face of a nearly 38 percent increase in homicides in the first six months of 2012 compared with 2011. It's unclear what that means, however, because the administration declined to elaborate.
"We have the resources through better management to do what has always been done, but we're doing it in a more extensive basis and we're beginning to see results," Emanuel said at an unrelated news conference Monday. "But that said, not fast enough and not deep enough that I'm happy with."
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