Ald. Burke's security reduced to 2 'specialists'

July 12, 2011 4:30:25 PM PDT
Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke out Tuesday about Alderman Ed Burke's security detail for the first time since the police department announced that it will be reduced.

Alderman Burke's security became an issue during the campaign for Chicago mayor. He had at least four full time police officers assigned to him.

On Friday, the Chicago Police Department announced it is cutting back on security for city officials including Burke. Two so-called security specialists will take the place of the four officers guarding Burke.

"I believe that this is the right arrangement for the city, the right arrangement for him and the right arrangement for taxpayers. That's that," said Emanuel.

The city is expected to save $650,000 by reassigning officers that were guarding city officials. It's not yet known how much the city will pay Burke's security specialists.