Some Chicago police officers will be putting in extra hours on the clock to tackle the uptick of gun violence across the city.
It's part of the new Violence Reduction Overtime Initiative by the Chicago Police Department.
According to a memo obtained from the Fraternal Order of Police, the department is set to announce that overtime will be paid to officers who work on their days off.
Police can pick up those overtime shifts on Thursday- Monday during the summer. Officers can work consecutive days and on their scheduled furlough days. Officers who take part in the program will be paid at a rate of time and one-half, according to the memo.
Police officers have until Wednesday, June 13 to apply for the Violence Reduction Overtime Initiative. The program will be open to officers in the D-1 and D-2 pay grades, according to the memo. Officers must meet three of five of the following criterion to be considered for admittance into the program: 5 moving violations, 5 parking tickets, 5 contact cards, 3 physical arrests, and 3 curfew violators. The assignments will be based on seniority.
Police accepted into the overtime program will report to special roll calls at 6100 S. Racine. From that location, they can be assigned to any area of the city. It is unclear how many officers will participate.
Under the program, officers would step up traffic stops, patrols, arrests and other enforcement methods, the Chicago Tribune reports.
There is no estimate yet on the cost of the overtime, but Supterintendant Garry McCarthy insists it will be within the department's overtime budget.
The Fraternal Order of Police views the response as a band-aid. "We don't object to having overtime, obviously, for our employees. But this is an admission that there is a manpower shortage," said FOP President Michael Shields.
The Union claims 1,000 officers have retired over the past two years, but the department has only hired about 150 new officers.
This comes after 53 people were shot, nine fatally, in Chicago over the weekend, as reported by the Tribune. Just last night one person was killed and 5 others were shot in separate shootings across the city.
20-year old Davonte Slennoy of Markham was shot to death around 11 p.m. Monday at 6311 S. Rockwell Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood, according to the Cook County medical Examiner.
In the same neighborhood, a 17-year-old pregnant girl was shot in the shoulder by a stray bullet while inside a home on 7056 S. Maplewood, according to Chicago Police.
She is in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
At 7:44 Monday night, a man was shot in the head on 900 N. Avers, in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. He is listed in critical condition.
Less than ten minutes after the Humboldt Park shooting, a 33-year-old man was shot multiple times in the right leg on the 8800 block of South Michigan Avenue.
On the 8800 block of South Burley, a 23-year old man was shot in the leg at about 10:37 p.m. He is receiving treatment at Advocate Trinity Hospital where he is listed in good condition.
20-minutes after that shooting, a 24-year old man was shot in the buttock. This happened on 66th and South Blackstone in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. He is in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun