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At Issue: Vallas Would Hire More Detectives, As Mayor

May 11, 2018 - 5:21 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas said he’s ready to outline steps the city needs to take to make the police deparment more effective and reduce the number of criminals at-large.

He’ll unveil his public safety agenda on Monday, but the mayoral hopeful offered a preview to WBBM Newsradio during a taping of “At Issue.”

The former Chicago Public Schools CEO said he wants to hire more detectives, maybe even re-hire some retired and experienced detectives to help resolve the 80 percent of homicide cases that are unsolved.

Vallas says in New York and Los Angeles, detectives make up 14 percent of the force. In Chicago, that percentage had fallen to just 4 percent.  

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He acknowledges the city has stepped up hiring, but he says the new detectives are not yet experienced.

The numbers suggest that only one in every five homicides in Chicago is solved; Vallas blames a dearth in detectives.

Vallas is one of several candidates hoping to take Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s job.

“At Issue” runs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.