Chicago Mayor Announces City-Wide Hiring Freeze, Cancels Police Academy

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a city-wide hiring freeze that includes the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago, IL – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered a city-wide hiring freeze on Friday that included the Chicago Police Department.

Lightfoot has claimed that former Mayor Rahm Emanuel left the city with more than a $1 billion shortfall and officials said the hiring freeze announcement is likely to the be the first in a series of austerity measures implemented, including layoffs, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“With Chicago facing one of the largest budgetary gaps in recent history, these measures are just one part of a broader approach we must take to restore our finances and put Chicago on a path to a stronger, more secure future,” City of Chicago Budget Director Susie Park said in a statement.

“The hiring freeze, in effect until further notice, will allow the Budget Office to take a hard look at our programs, services and operational needs to determine our spending priorities for 2020,” Park said.

But the decision to extend the hiring freeze to include the Chicago police was significant because it was the exact opposite of what the department has been trying to achieve for the last few years, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

In 2016, Emanuel launched a two-year plan to add more than 1,000 officers to the Chicago Police Department in response to the rise in homicides and violent crime in the city.

Right now, Chicago has 13,400 sworn officers on the streets plus “dozens of additional sergeants and detectives,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The class of recruits that will graduate from the police academy in August will be the last for the time being under the hiring freeze.

The city has cancelled the recruit class that was scheduled to begin in September, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The budget director said that the city would make “priority positions that directly affect the health and safety” of Chicago residents exempt from the hiring freeze.

The mayor’s office tried to assure residents that their safety would not be affected by Lightfoot’s decision, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“This exemption will ensure departments like police, fire and aviation remain staffed and prepared for seasonal work and will ensure basic services remain in place for all communities,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. “The city will work to ensure the hiring freeze does not impact police/patrol coverage and to ensure the freeze doesn’t limit the number of personnel devoted to solving crimes.”

The mayor, who was headed out of town on vacation right after the hiring freeze was announced, was said to be laying the groundwork for another round of tax increases for the residents of Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Lightfoot’s vacation with her wife and daughter to Maine was in itself controversial after she ordered the city’s police officials to cancel their summer travel plans in light of the crime emergency on the city streets.

When she found out an official had taken a pre-planned vacation anyway, she lambasted him in the media.

“That would be incredibly disappointing to me if that happened because I gave a very specific directive that no exempt should be taking vacation during the summer,” Lightfoot said at the time. “So, if that happened, that’ll be something that we have to have a serious conversation about.”

“The exempts have to set the example,” she declared. “And the example of doing something the mayor has directed them not to do is highly problematic.”

While visiting a police strategic command center on Aug. 15, Lightfoot discussed the personal sacrifices she makes as a public servant.

“People tell me all the time to ‘oh you’re so busy and you should take time off,’ [but] it’s really important for me to be visible,” she claimed.

Lightfoot departed on her week-long vacation just days later, even though 22 people were wounded and 3 were murdered in a series of shootings across the city this past weekend.

Another seven people were killed and 46 were wounded during shootings that took place over the first weekend in August, according to WBBM.

Blue Lives Matter reached out to the Chicago Police Department to find out how understaffed the department was at the time of the freeze and were referred to the city finance department. We submitted a FOIA request to finance but had not yet received a response as of publication time.

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flybynight
flybynight

"The mayor’s office tried to assure residents that their safety would not be affected by Lightfoot’s decision, the Chicago Sun-Times reported."

Don't worry people of Chitcargo, you're perfectly safe!!!! Hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Don't worry people of Chicago, you're perfectly safe!!!!"

oh um, as long as you stay inside at all times,,,,,,,,,,and maybe it would be a good idea to order a ballistic vest...........and maybe invest in a Glock & Wesson & Walther 397........and don't stand near any windows.................but that aside don't worry people of Chicago , you're perfectly safe.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I wish those cops would go to where she's vacationing in Maine and start protesting outside her B&B.

Justretired
Justretired

Wrighting on the wall and here it comes.

flybynight
flybynight

LCD/Booger's/tfart/retardedafvet free. They won't touch this one for obvious reasons. 👍

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

butt faced, crack lickin finger hood, mongoloid runs "chi-ca-goa".

what is the the native prophecy and definition of "chi-ca-goa"?

and they shit on community.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This dumb excuse of a mayor is full of shit! She’s being vindictive towards the police by not allowing new officers in response to the ones leaving. She is a piece of shit community leader mayor who feels that being a gay black female, she needs to act a certain way to get back at the officers. And it’s no offense to gays, blacks, or females, this bitch just happens to be all 3. Making y’all look bad by the way she’s behaving. Why is no one putting this bitch in check? Everyone doesn’t hesitate to hold police accountable, hold this bitch accountable.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

She's a real winner, NOT!!!! WOW, putting people even in more peril by canceling the police academy. Let's face it, Chicago officers aren't going to put up with much more and they're going to be packing by the numbers! She needs a lesson on how to efficiently run a government from some in the know! You have murders constantly, don't strip the academy of those who will protect people!

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

This POOR EXCUSE for breathing excretement is going to reap what she has sown. And it promises not to be pretty. You couldn’t pay me enough to live there.

Deaf4Jesus
Deaf4Jesus

What a hypocrite!

Goodguys
Goodguys

The residents are about to see the true definition of “war zone”.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

A liberal city ran into the ground, imagine...billion dollar shortfall, taxes spent paying for bullshit.

JBo
JBo

And if the residents believe what the mayor is selling, boy, do I have a bridge for you!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

I noticed it isn’t vacationing in Illinois or any other moon bat controlled shithole state...

61mouse
61mouse

Only voted in because it's GAY and BLACK,..... humm but come to think of it so was Scumbamma

rds40
rds40

New records woll be set.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

TFN.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Ignore all 911 calls from her neighborhood and neighborhoods around her family members and see how safe they would feel.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

What a joke, a very bad one for the residents of ChiCongo! She is building a Socialist enclave and empire of her own. Why does the City Council allow this kind of stuff to go on? All of the police recruits who now will not have a job should sue her in a class-action suit. Hell all she has to do is suck some more tax money out of the state of Illinois that's what Chicago has done for the last 75 years or so. Chicago and corrupt politicians are the reason Illinois is broke and billions in the hole now. Somebody gots to pay for all the welfare babies in Chicago. As someone else said you couldn't pay me enough money to live there!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

Wait a minute. Didn't this POS just go on a all expense vacation knowing full well this shit? I'm sure she knew about the $1 billion and taxed another $1.5 million on the shitty of Shitcargo.

investigator
investigator

I wish every single Cop would call in sick for one week!!!!!

Dra71
Dra71

So more crime, fewer police and Fire Fighters and first Responders huh? And she lambasted a city official for taking a vacation in the summer, yet she has been on the job less than a year and off she goes. Look out Chicago , you think Emanuel was bad?

hoss377
hoss377

And how is this a surprise?Name one city that is run by democrats that isn't a perverse disaster.

unholyone
unholyone

This the same idiot (and I'm really being kind) who vacationed with her "family" in MAINE while she ordered all vacations for "the city’s police officials to cancel their summer travel plans in light of the crime emergency on the city streets." She then lambasted a chief for going on a pre-planned vacation (year ago). I guess crime is down in Chicago- no new cops while the smart ones (who can) retire or switch departments. I feel sorry for those who remain. I hope they have forgotten to be proactive, as it will only get them in trouble. No one hold her in check. She's gay, black, and female. All three "elephants in the room" which few in the media and politics will confront for fear of being racist, homophobic, and misogynist.And they thought Rahm Emmanuel was bad.

RunCop
RunCop

She looks like a typical mental liberal.

BAH330
BAH330

Fine example of liberals in charge. Do as I say not as I do.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

This dumb liberal is blaming the previous dumb liberal for the city's problems. Maybe the problem is dumb liberals.

DunesCopMike
DunesCopMike

I’m a career police officer...42 years so far. My dream was to eventually sell the house in the burbs and return to my birthplace, Chicago. I’ve saved a few bucks and my pensions are ok...the plan was to get a condo on North Lake Shore Drive with a Lake view. It always sounded good. Now, no way! Rapes in the “good” neighborhoods, daylight robberies on the Mag Mile, roving mobs of punks terrorizing shoppers and honest people going to and from work, property values sinking and taxes skyrocketing!

Right now, I’m looking at the city’s skyline...22 miles away across the lake...and shaking my head at what once was but will never be again. 22 miles is quite close enough........

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

OF COURSE she went after the police department first. She's made it real clear she has no respect for the LEO's who serve the community. Maybe she should have started with her private security detail, that would save some money or how about her staff. That's what real leadership looks like. Sadly for the liberal Democrats in these sh*thole cities the word leadership is unknown.

JayG007
JayG007

The last thing Maine needs is another left wing nutcase visiting!

ForestRon
ForestRon

I'm surprised the City of Chicago can even get anyone to attend an academy class..

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

She needs to get her priorities straight. I am sure there are many areas of non-essential services that have lots of fat in their budgets.

Next, she will be raising taxes again. She said, “I get it. I hear it everywhere I go — particularly around property taxes. And I’m very mindful of that... But the reality is — given the gap that we’re gonna face next year, given the pension payments that are demanded — we are gonna have to look for additional revenue sources. There’s no question about that.”

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

OK, so Chicago has 2.7 million residents, and a PATROL force of 13,400. San Jose, CA has 1.035 million residents, and an entire SWORN force of just under 1,000.

Now, SJ is understaffed, the ranks were that big when I dispatched there in the late '80s and the city was smaller.

That makes Chicago's resident to officer ratio 201.5 to 1.

San Jose's is 1,079 to 1.

Chicago has over 5 times more officers per capita, and it's still a cesspool.

Are half of them "drivers" for command staff or something?

ksgtrpkr
ksgtrpkr

Chicago is doomed until they wake up and get rid of these far left Democrats for Mayor! They rob the city blind and make up all their stupid programs and talk trash

Mo_
Mo_

But she's got the gall to be on "vacation". How this enrages me. I loathe this city.

CitizenCare
CitizenCare

Chicago still exists? Don't they hate cops?

PB62
PB62

Chicago residents keep voting idiots in when will they learn you can't hire candidates off the street??

DeiselDemon92
DeiselDemon92

So where did all that money go?? We should look into privatizing city management. It's amazing how much we hear stories like this and every time the people responsible are on vacation somewhere.

Lochemet
Lochemet

If they actually start layoffs, maybe the mayor should be the first to be laid off...

Buttermilk
Buttermilk

The people of Chicago keep making the same mistakes over and over again. What they need is a honest Law and Order Mayor and Superintendent of Police. It'll also take the support of the people but if they wanted to that city could be cleaned up in a couple of years...

Louisp78
Louisp78

No worries, the rest of Illinois will support and get shit ago out of debt like usual. As for the crime, ha ha ha good luck!

les0060
les0060

The mayor’s office tried to assure residents that their safety would not be affected by Lightfoot’s decision! What safety, murder city, you all ready failed the people.

retired 2010
retired 2010

How long has this woman been in office? And already going on vocation.

NCTrooper
NCTrooper

700 hundred murders in Gun tough Chicago. Let’s not replace the retiring officers. Somehow things will magically improve, wtf