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Mayor Rahm Emanuel claimed Thursday to have delivered on his campaign promise to put 1,000 more police officers on the street amid confusion about new police hiring.
After joining Emanuel in announcing the redeployment of 138 more officers, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the city would hire more police officers next year for the first time since September 2010.
Long a city with a reputation for withholding information, Chicago now wants to make public every crime over the past 10 years — a highly unusual move among the nation’s major police departments.
Starting Wednesday, millions of crime statistics dating to 2001 will be posted online in a searchable database. It will be updated daily, providing fodder for residents to evaluate their own neighborhoods, academics to study crime and techie types to create websites or apps.
One Chicago Police officer doesn’t need an anniversary as a remembrance of 9-11.
Spencer uses a 3-year-old black Labrador to sniff packages, garbage cans and even commuters at ‘L’ stops.
The bomb-sniffing dog is Ggillis, after New York police Sgt. Rodney Gillis, who died when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed minutes after he ran inside.
Chicago Police Officer Nick Spencer finds the best reminder of what his job is about at the end of a leash.
There, sniffing packages, garbage cans and even commuters at a downtown subway stop is Ggillis — a 3-year-old black Labrador retriever named after New York Police Department Sgt. Rodney Gillis, who died when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed minutes after he ran inside.
NBC Chicago reports that Elliott had been writing a traffic crash report near the intersection of Diversey and Western in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood when a man ran up to his car, tapped on the glass and asked for the officer to come to the 15-month-old boy’s aid. The child’s parents did not speak very much English but Elliott went immediately into action to save him.
Dozens of Chicago police officers and officials gathered this morning to dedicate a Southwest Side street to Officer Michael Gordon, who was killed in a car crash while on duty in 2004.
Gordon’s family joined officers and public officials at 51st Street and Leamington Avenue, where they unveiled a street sign bearing his name. The intersection is near his grandparents’ former home in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood.
“It’s been very hard these past seven years, but it’s been a great honor for us,” said Gordon’s mother, Carol Gordon. “(The street dedication) meant a lot to us.”
As Cassidy Alexander stood on the stage, chatting with a national icon — her work being displayed in a giant slide show — she finally was receiving what she had avoided: recognition.
It was a surreal and almost embarrassing moment for the Aurora artist, but deeply gratifying. She was on stage at the Hilton Hotel with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to receive an award named after his father. It was a public thank you for the eight portraits she painted of Chicago officers killed in the line of duty.
Nine months after her father was gunned down in his police uniform outside his home July 18, an emotional Jada Bailey and her mother carefully retired his badge to the Superintendent’s Honored Police Star case at Chicago Police headquarters Tuesday morning.
If the young woman gets her way, Michael Bailey’s star number 13970 will soon be replaced on Chicago’s streets with her own.
The 24-year-old revealed her courageous plan to follow in her slain father’s footsteps and take the police entrance exam after hundreds of brother officers in dress blues and Mayor Daley honored her father in a somber ceremony.
Interim Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard is chipping away at the legacy of his predecessor — Jody Weis — by changing the department’s command structure and preparing to move cops to the patrol division from specialized units, sources said Wednesday.
Hillard is considering moving 100 officers from the department’s 260-officer Mobile Strike Force back to the patrol division. He is also looking to move officers from other special citywide units to patrol, sources said.
A quick-acting Chicago police officer revived an unconscious 2-year-old in the Albany Park neighborhood after he spotted the boy’s mother calling for help, police said today.
Officer Tom Norberg had just started his shift and was headed east on Montrose Avenue near Kimball Avenue just after 4 p.m. Thursday when a car drove up behind him.
“It was flashing its lights, blowing its horn,” he said, “and trying to get my attention in the worst way.”
Norberg, a 15-year veteran Chicago officer, slowed his squad car down to allow the other car to pull alongside him. A rear window roll down.
“A woman stuck her head out the window and yelled, ‘My baby is not breathing. Help me, Help me,’ ” he said.
Norberg had the boy’s father stop the car, then called an ambulance. He took the boy out of his car seat and laid him on the ground on a blanket. The child’s eyes were rolled back.
The mother told Norberg that the boy had been eating, then started coughing and vomiting. They were trying to rush him to a hospital.