40 Illinois State Police troopers being dispatched to Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that the troopers will be assigned to the police department's Fugitive Unit
CHICAGO — Forty Illinois State Troopers are being dispatched to Chicago to help the city's police department combat street violence during what is typically the most dangerous time of year.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that the troopers will be assigned to the police department's Fugitive Unit. They will help apprehend wanted suspects with known violent criminal histories. Emanuel says the effort will last at least the next 30 days.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy last year rejected the idea of joining forces with the state police. But in the mayor's news release Wednesday, he welcomed the extra help.
The police department already is combatting the typical summer surge in crime by dispatching hundreds of officers working overtime to the city's most troubled neighborhoods.
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