The Sun Times reports the Chicago Police Department burnt through two-thirds of its overtime budget in just the first three months of this year.
Some of that money went toward a new policing tactic called “Operation: Impact.”
In February, 200 officers were assigned to work overtime at some of the areas with the city’s highest crime rates.
Officials say it worked, but it was just part of a comprehensive strategy.
The president of Chicago’s police union says overtime pay is a “Band-Aid solution,” and the department needs to hire more officers.