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 a breakdown of new 970 police officer positions coming to CPD: 516 officers, 92 field training officers, 200 dets, 112 sgts, 50 LTs— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) September 21, 2016
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.
Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
Donald Trump has pointed to Chicago's violence as a failure of Democratic leadership.