Eight new police officers are hitting the streets today in the 24th Police District to help make our community safer. Five of the officers are new recruits who just graduated from the police academy and three are veteran officers transferred from other districts.
In all, 50 new police officers have been added to the 24th District since the beginning of 2017, when the City embarked on a two-year hiring plan to increase the number of police officers on the street.
The additional reinforcements come during an overall reduction in serious crime in the 49th Ward. Despite several very disturbing high-profile shooting incidents, the 49th Ward last year experienced a 12.7% decrease in serious crimes as compared to 2017.
Though the additional police officers will help us continue this trend, it is just one part of a larger effort to improve the safety of our neighborhood, including enhanced community policing, job creation efforts, and after school activities.
Please join me in welcoming these new officers to our community.