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The New Kids

  • City officials welcomed 111 new police recruits Tuesday as they start the Chicago Police Department’s training academy.

    The recruits bring CPD closer to its goal of adding 1,000 officers.

    CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel spoke to the recruits about helping to solve the city’s violence.

    “We’re not expecting you to solve all of it on your own,” Johnson said. “We’re expecting you to be part of the solution. Being part of the solution means helping us hold violent offenders and building trust in the communities you’ll serve. Because when we do that as an agency, when we have the communities work with us, we’ll make our streets even safer.”

You’ll have to do it with one hand tied behind your back, hundreds of arm-chair quarterbacks dissecting your every move (which will be recorded), and a dozen or so layers of what we call “supervision” with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Good luck kids.

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