Some of the initiatives in 2017 focus on hiring additional officers, funding economic growth and providing support for young men in violent neighborhoods, police said. By the end of the year nearly 1,000 more beat officers, detectives, lieutenants, sergeants, field training officers and more will be working for the police department.
Another important focus will be working with state legislators on a bill that would increase sentencing for repeat gun offenders which is a “key factor” in reducing Chicago’s violence, police said.
“These guys know that when they go through our system it’s a joke and they say that to me and it's a slap in my face when they say that because they are mocking us,” Johnson said.
In the coming year, Chicago Police will emphasize technology, training and transparency in
the department, Johnson said. By the end of the year, officers from all districts will wear body cameras. Gunshot detection systems are set to be expanded in District 7 and 11. In this same area, more than 44 street cameras were installed this past year.
“The violence in 2016 was driven by emboldened offenders who acted without a fear of penalty from the criminal system,” said Johnson. “The challenge we face as a city is serious, and like other cities it is significant. We will be adding to our police department, we are committed to partnering with residents, we will benefit from the investments being made by the Mayor, and if we come together and work together I know we can turn the tide in 2017.”