AMUSE-BOUCHE: Area Sees Slight Increase In Cops

The police department’s 19th district, which includes Wrigleyville and Boystown, has seen its first manpower increase in years, the department says.

The department’s response to a CWB reader’s Freedom Of Information Act request reveals that the district experienced a net increase of 11 officers—to 351 cops of all ranks—in April.

As of May 15th, the headcount sat at 350 cops. The district continues to operate with 25% fewer officers than it had in early 2012.

The reader’s FOIA request also sought department-wide manpower numbers. According to the department, there were a total of 12,029 officers of all ranks in the Chicago Police Department as of May 15, a decline of 137 officers since February.

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