CHICAGO – Chicago police are stepping up staffing for the Memorial Day weekend and hoping to head off a spike in shootings in the city.
The holiday weekend has been notoriously violent in recent years.
Last year, 12 people were killed and 44 wounded over the three-day holiday.
So far this year, shootings are up nearly 54 percent, compared to the same time in 2015.
The department sent a memo to officers last Friday, looking for volunteers to work this weekend.
If there are not enough volunteers, some officers may be compelled to work.