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FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo, Chicago's police superintendent Eddie Johnson, left, shakes hands with other officers at a city council meeting in Chicago. The Chicago Police Department plans to hire more than 500 additional officers as it struggles to deal with a violent year full of killings and gun crimes, a city official told The Associated Press on Tuesday Sept. 20, 2016. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will announce the hires Wednesday, according to the official. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green File)

Chicago wants to hire nearly 1,000 more cops after a bloody, violent summer of 2016



Chicago is in the midst of its most violent year in more than a decade. More than 500 homicides have been reported in the city.

In response, the city plans to 970 cops in the next two years, <b>USA Today reports</b>. Chicago's police department has about 12,500 officers, making it the second-biggest in the United States behind New York City.

Here's what the new officers will do.

Not cheap, but urgent

This hiring surge won't be cheap -- it will cost more than $100 million in the first year alone.

But with murder up 46 percent from last year and sexual assaults up 18 percent, the city is taking drastic measures. 

City police superintendent Eddie Johnson has repeatedly blamed weak gun laws and increased gang activity for the surge in violence. 

The department also recently announced plans for body cameras on all officers.

Donald Trump has pointed to Chicago's violence as a failure of Democratic leadership.

Will hiring more cops help Chicago?

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