In a two-step effort to continue combating crime in the city, 100 new Police Observation Device cameras will be installed in neighborhoods deemed "hot spots" and 100 more police officers will be patrolling the streets, Chicago Police Department officials said. Fifty officers currently assigned to desk duty will be put on street duty and 50 new beat officers will be hired.Interim police Supt. Dana Starks said the cameras send a volatile message that "gang bangers and drug dealers are being watched.""It was on Augusta and Pulaski. There was high drug activity and they [offenders] didn't believe the cameras would catch them," Starks said.
Scores of new police cameras along with officers will be placed in high-crime areas where many already exist.In a two-step effort to cont...