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Visualizing CPD’s Homicide Problem

Last month, a yearlong study by the Police Executive Research Forum offered a damning indictment of the way the Chicago Police Department investigates homicides. We took a closer look at the report:

Low Clearance Rate

Chicago’s rate of solving murders has edged up as homicides have dipped but still trails some other big cities.

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Detective Shortage

Chicago has a lower proportion of detective slots than other big cities: 1,127 on a force of 13,352 total officers.

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Misapplied Manpower

One issue the study identified: The fewest dedicated homicide detectives are assigned to the part of the city with the most murders.

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Drop in Forensic Specialists

In 2014, the CPD stopped hiring police forensic investigators, the only personnel authorized to perform certain lab tests. The result: delays in processing homicide evidence.

Forensic specialists info graphic

 

SOURCE: Police Executive Research Forum report

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