Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to deliver what could be one of the most important speeches of his career Thursday as he lays out his comprehensive plan for fighting Chicago’s ever-prominent crime.
After four people were killed and 12 others wounded Wednesday amid a spike in gun violence making national headlines, the mayor’s speech comes at a critical time in the city.
The plan is expected to include the addition of 970 sworn police positions within two years and the hiring of 500 new officers, a plan that could cost the city up to $50 million.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson says more officers are necessary at a time like this in Chicago.
“There are more guns than ever before, the gangs have been split up and weakened, but in some ways that makes them less stable and predictable,” he said. “It seems like they’re younger and crazier than they’ve ever been.”
Emanuel’s speech will also hinge on other ways of fighting crime, focusing on mentorship and job creation. He is expected to announce new plans for teen mentoring programs, after school programs and summer job programs.
The mayor is also set to challenge fathers and other role models to play a bigger role in their children’s lives.
“There’s a significance, our kids have the right kind of role models and values in their lives, so they can make decisions today that will impact their lives,” Emanuel has said.
The speech will be delivered at Malcom X College and will include recent crime victim Rhymefest among the guest list.
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