Chicago Police Department has New Year's resolution: solve more murders

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( WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Chicago Police Supt. David Brown on Thursday said he’s making efforts to improve the rate of solved murders in the city as the new year approaches.

Brown said his department’s clearance rate is just under 50%, with 392 cases of nearly 800 homicides in 2021 solved. That’s about the same rate from 2020, when 770 people were killed and 354 cases were designated as cleared, according to CPD statistics.

The clearance category includes cases solved from past years, as well as cases that are considered “cleared” even if an arrest is not made, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The top cop said he plans to promote more detectives in the first quarter of 2022 so that the caseload for each investigator will decrease.

“If we can get our case-per-detective (ratio) to 3.5 cases per detective, we will be well on our way to help us manage what is a very, very challenging caseload,” Brown said at a news conference Thursday.

Brown added CPD is looking at installing more beat cops in neighborhoods and is recruiting more applicants.

“We’re hiring. We’re hiring,” he said.

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