Emanuel not focused on eliminating Burke's security

June 22, 2011 3:52:55 PM PDT
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's not focused on reducing or eliminating Alderman Ed Burke's six-officer bodyguard detail.

The mayor had singled out the alderman's security staff during the campaign as something that should be cut or reduced in the interest of shared sacrifice amid budget shortfalls.

On Wednesday, the mayor said his focus is simply on getting the most officers on the street as possible.

"Main goal wasn't about the six officers related to Ald. Burke, but to the 650 officers we put on the streets and now the commanders have the resources they need to do what they need to do," he said.

The mayor acknowledged the court order mandating Burke's security detail but says police superintendent Garry McCarthy continues to review all city security details.