McCarthy explains CPD shake up on WGN

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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy makes another round of serious changes to combat violence in the city.

He has named seven new district commanders.

“The district commander position is the single most important position in the job. We’re putting a lot of pressure on these men and women, and we have to have the best and the brightest in those spots,” said McCarthy on the WGN Morning News.

One of those new commanders is Joe Gorman. He will lead the 9th district. That’s home to the largest rise in shootings this year. Gorman previously served as chief of Gang Investigations.

Shootings in November were up 49% from a year ago; for the year to date shootings are up 11-percent.

But, McCarthy insists fluctuations in violence figures are common, so it’s important to focus on the long-term trends.

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