Chicago’s 2016 crime rates were staggering and City Hall is hoping 1,000 additional police officers on the streets can stem the violence. But mass hirings are a challenge and the Chicago Police Department has the added weight of a Department of Justice investigation that found police training practices have been grossly inadequate.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said criticism of the department’s training practices was the hardest to stomach, and even before the DOJ released its report he took action to bring the academy up to speed.
“The DOJ’s report focused on the training effort from 2011 to 2016. So they really didn’t look at the things that we’ve put into place, currently, to support that training,” Johnson told WLS TV.
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