Emanuel moves 500 officers to high-crime areas

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is temporarily redeploying 500 police officers to the city’s highest-crime neighborhoods.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is temporarily redeploying 500 police officers to the city’s highest-crime neighborhoods.

Emanuel says Tuesday’s announcement is a "down payment" on his promise to add 1,000 officers to the beat.

He says the city can’t beat crime without more officers on the street.

The officers will move to beats on the South and West sides for 90 days.

The 500 officers will start their new assignments as early as Thursday. All of them will be on the beat by Sunday.

They’ll come primarily from the police department’s Mobile Strike Force and Targeted Response Unit.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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