Target: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Goal: To have Mr. Emanuel live up to his campaign pledge by adding 1,000 more police officers to the force
Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran for Mayor partially on the platform of adding 1,000 more police officers to the force in Chicago. In September 2012, however, the mayor told the police chief to slash his budget by $190 million. Meeting these cuts would inevitably mean cuts to the number of officers working. While many other departments around the country are thinking of similar budget cuts, the cuts proposed in Chicago are the steepest in the country according to the National Fraternal Order of Police. Mike Shields, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, also concluded that reducing the budget would reduce the number of sworn officers. In turn, this would put more pressure on the remaining staff and would increase overtime costs. Shields reports that from the time that Emanuel was elected, only 250 more police have been added to the force.
All of these budget cuts are being considered at a time when Chicago is facing high crime rates. According to Chicago Police statistics, there were around 1,800 nonfatal shootings through September of 2012. When it comes to fatal shootings, cases in Chicago are only ‘cleared’ or resolved about 30% of the time. The Chicago Police union claims quite reasonably that this could be due to the lower number of detectives and officers within the department. Not being able to pay for overtime often forces those working on a case to stop working.
Sign this petition to ask Rahm Emanuel to stand behind his campaign pledge to add 1,000 officers to the streets of Chicago. Tell Mayor Emanuel that letting murder cases slide 70% of the time is unacceptable and that making the streets of the nation’s third largest city safe should be of national importance.
Dear Mayor Emanuel,
During your campaign for mayor of Chicago, you ran partially on the promise of adding 1,000 more police officers to the force in your city. However, this year you told your police chief to figure out a way to cut $190 million from his budget. Meeting these cuts would inevitably mean cuts to the number of officers on the street. Since your time in office, only 250 new officers have been added. While many other departments in the country face similar budget shortfalls, none have been asked to cut so much.
According to Chicago Police Statistics, there were nearly 1,800 nonfatal shootings through September this year. When it comes to solving fatal shooting cases, your police department is only able to clear 30% of those crimes. Now is not the time to cut the budget so drastically for the department in your great city. As the third largest city in the country, your force must be large enough to protect the citizens and tourists that walk its streets. I am asking you to please follow up on your campaign promise and allow the police department to add 1,000 new officers.
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