Report: Chicago Police Department sets overtime record in 2015

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CHICAGO — A new report shows the Chicago Police Department spent a record amount on overtime last year.

According to The Sun-Times, the department spent $116 million on overtime payments — that’s up more than 17 percent from the year before.

Six police officers earned more than $100,000 in overtime last year.

The department spent the most on overtime in August.

The second highest was in November when more than $10-million was spent after the Laquan McDonald shooting video was released.

The Sun-Times says the number of retirements in the department is outpacing hiring by 975 officers.

2500 officers have retired since Mayor Emanuel took office.

Interim Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson issued the following statement about police overtime:

“The Chicago Police Department’s first priority is the public safety of the city. Our officers patrol neighborhoods, respond to gang violence, protect people’s freedom of speech, and more. Overtime is a valuable tool that serves an important purpose in our public safety efforts, but it also has to be managed effectively at every level of the department. With that in mind, I am directing my staff to analyze our use of overtime to better manage how, when and why it is used and ensure we are making the best use of any overtime expense.”

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