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Mayoral candidate wants to hire hundreds for law enforcement jobs in Chicago

Posted on January 30, 2011

The Mayoral candidate of Chicago has announced his plans to hire for hundreds of law enforcement jobs in Chicago.

According to the Chicagoist.com, candidate Gery Chico announced on Wednesday that if elected, he’ll find an extra $200 million in the city’s budget to put an additional 2,000 police officers on the city payroll. Chico spokeswoman Brooke Anderson told Progress Illinois that Chico thinks that price tag is doable.

“If you can’t modify the budget by three percent to provide the police officers our citizens are demanding, then don’t apply for the job,” Chicago told the Sun-Times.

The Chicagoist writes that hiring new officers is part of Chico’s larger plan to focus on crime if elected, including rebuilding community policing, empowering district commanders, strengthening Chicago’s anti-gang loitering ordinance, working to streamline communications between the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s Office. They also write that Chico also said that he’s against redeployment – pulling cops from safer, low-crime areas of the city and doubling down in higher crime areas.