Mayor Emanuel to outline plan to get more police on patrol

CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in three weeks he will outline his plan to get more police officers on patrol.

Earlier Thursday, police announced there were 90 homicides in Chicago during August, making it the most violent single month in the city since August 1996.

The mayor said because of the high number of homicides, especially during the month of August, more officers will need to be on patrol.

CPD currently has about 12,200 officers and 8,000 are assigned to patrol.

The city has more than 400 officer vacancies and has been relying on overtime to fill the voids, but the police union president called that practice unsustainable and told members to not volunteer for overtime over the Labor Day weekend.

Emanuel said he is planning his major public safety address on September 20th.