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Homicides Down, Police Overtime Up In Chicago

March 21, 2013  | 

Hundreds of Chicago police officers are hitting the streets on overtime every night in dangerous neighborhoods, the latest tactic by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration to reduce killings in a city dogged by its homicide rate.

The decision by Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy last month to put small armies of officers working overtime in specific "hot zones" corresponds with a notable drop in homicides in the nation's third-largest city in February and March.

If it continues, the tactic would cost millions of dollars each month—putting the one initiative on pace to exceed the department's entire overtime budget by fall.

Read the full Associated Press story.


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