CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Wednesday a series of new command staff changes and promotions from police headquarters.
The changes included a new First Deputy Superintendent and a new Chief of Operations-Patrol, the second and third-highest positions within the department.
The changes come as First Deputy Supt. Anthony Riccio, a 33-year member of the department, and Chief Fred Waller, Office of Operations-Patrol and a 34-year member, announced their upcoming retirements.
“First Deputy Superintendent Riccio and Chief Waller will be missed greatly by the Chicago Police Department,” Brown said. “I would like to thank them both for their leadership and service to our city. The Department and the City of Chicago will certainly feel the void from their departure.”
Brown said he has instructed the next generation of leaders to be the mechanisms for change.
Brown, whose philosophy has been described as community policing on steroids, made it clear that he wants a different approach.
“This team will not be in occupying force,” he said. “Rather officers will regularly be required to perform community service in the same areas where they are also asked to keep the peace.”