SLIPPAGE: 19th District Headcount Drops Again In March

The police district that covers Wrigleyville and Boystown lost two more officers between mid-February and mid-March, bringing the total number of officers assigned here to 340.

Staffing in our district has plummeted 27% since October 2011 when 468 officers were assigned to protect the area.

The headcount information comes directly from the Chicago Police Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by a CWB reader.

Late this week, the police department announced another round of transfer opportunities for patrolmen. While the 19th district has 11 openings listed, there is a wealth of transfer opportunities in “good” districts, which will likely attract the attention of officers currently assigned here.

The anticipated loss of officers to “good” districts, combined with the recent promotions of three 19th district sergeants and one 19th district patrol officer will likely result in a net gain of zero officers or even a loss of more officers here.

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