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Ordinance introduced to entice more recruits to CPD

CHICAGO — With more off days being canceled for CPD officers, one alderman introduced an ordinance to assist with recruiting.

Ald. Matt O’Shea mentioned the Chicago Police Department is in a staffing disaster.

There are presently 11,680 officers on the pressure — comparted to round 13,000 two years in the past. With more than 1,300 vacancies, O’Shea mentioned CPD is having difficulties recruiting new officers.

“We’re seeing record numbers of retirements, approaching age of 63 with 30 years of service, we’re seeing officers leave to go to suburban departments or just get out of law enforcement,” he mentioned. “They’re literally running for the exits.”

The mom of a brand new CPD officer advised WGN News her 22-year-old son is already working a considerable amount of additional time.

“Oftentimes, (family) are like ‘where’s Christopher? he’s not there,’” Carisa Parker mentioned. “After a while, no matter how much you love your job, you’re just exhausted.”

On Wednesday, O’Shea introduced a brand new ordinance that might provide more monetary incentives. New hires would obtain a $5,000 signing bonus and transfers with expertise would obtain a $10,000 bonus.

Or, officers might select a $10,000 cost help towards the acquisition of their first house. Three million {dollars} could be set aide from town’s reasonably priced housing alternative fund. Signing bonuses would price $7.5 million.

So far, 35 of town’s 50 aldermen have signed on to co-sponsor the ordinance.

“Anyone who would oppose this would not turn down more police in their community and when the circus really starts this summer they’ll be in this building screaming yelling and begging for more police officers,” O’Shea mentioned.

The ordinance additionally features a matching program for public security cameras.

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