Chicago police Ssuperintendent Garry McCarthy participated in the City Council's Budget Committee hearing Wednesday.
For over five hours McCarthy and the city’s 50 aldermen discussed the police budget, but more specifically manpower and the unacceptable homicide rate that has left Chicago with a black eye when it comes to crime.
McCarthy does not believe more officers will reduce crime. He wants to shift officers to high risk neighborhoods. He also wants to see laws change and gun tracking increased in order to see murder rates go down.
Different aldermen have different ideas about fighting crime. Some want more officers; others want salaries of retiring officers used to hire new trainees.
McCarthy stands firm with his police philosophy of getting more officers on the streets, but using current hires to do it.