Illinois State Troopers will be helping Chicago police hunt down wanted fugitives in a new partnership agreed to by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn.
Forty troopers will bolster the police department’s fugitive apprehension unit, focusing on four crime ridden neighborhoods.
Details of the agreement are still being worked out, but Emanuel says after 30 days the program will be evaluated to see if it’s worth continuing. The troopers will continue to be paid out of the state police budget.
CPD currently has 77 officers in the fugitive unit.
The program is not being applauded everywhere. Philip Jackson of the Black Star Project, a community intervention group, says the money and resources would be better spent boosting education and economic opportunity in the impoverished neighborhoods rather than arrests.
State police already play a regular part in Chicago law enforcement. There are 180 troopers assigned to District Chicago, patrolling city expressways and also working with Chicago police on special assignments like drug and gang units.