105 new police officers assigned to ‘Operation Impact’ initiative

Graduation ceremonies were held today at Navy Pier for 105 new Chicago police officers, the largest police recruit class since 2005.

All of them will be assigned to foot patrols in 20 of the most violent areas of the city.

The initiative is called “Operation Impact”.

Officers are saturated in areas that have the most crime.

It has been tried and worked in New York City, and in February Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy implemented it here — first with veteran officers working overtime, then in March the first foot patrols were added.

Another group will hit the streets next week — and in another 12 weeks, after more training, the 105 officers who graduated today will join in.

The Police Department says the initiative is showing real progress since it began on February 1.

Murders are down 67 percent, shootings are down 50%, and overall crime is down 27 percent in those targeted areas.

New officers who spoke with WGN today say they are excited to hit the streets, but they are a little bit nervous.

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3 comments

  • tricia bleskin

    if the shootings and murder rates are so freaking down how come i keep hearing about new ones every other day like today????? get real people

  • CBR13

    Pause it at the 1m 40s mark. Is that an 10 year old becoming a Chicago Police Officer? Anyways, I wish all the new officers the best in their new career.

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