Emanuel’s budget to put 319 more police on the street

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his 2016 budget will include a plan that he says will put more than 300 more police officers on the streets.

In a Sunday news release, Emanuel’s office said his upcoming budget includes the hiring of 319 people for administrative positions that will enable him to put the 319 police officers currently manning those positions into areas where they can help reduce crime.

The release doesn’t include how much it will cost the city to hire the new employees.

The plan comes amid a spike in homicides in Chicago. After two straight years of falling homicides, the police department reports that they have been 343 homicides this year — 57 more than the total for the same time last year.

Emanuel’s budget address is Tuesday.

 

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