CPD used 2/3 of OT pay already this year

May 3, 2013 3:13:17 PM PDT
The Chicago Police Department's initiative to combat hot spots of violence has caused the department to burn through most of its overtime budget.

In the first three months of the year, the department spent $21 million on officer overtime pay. That's about two-thirds of the department's overtime budget for the year. Earlier this afternoon, Superintendent Garry McCarthy did not appear fazed by the funding issue.

"The mayor has ensured me that no matter what we have to do to find funding, if it's putting into overtime which is making a significant difference, which it's clearly helping enormously," he said.

The homicide totals in Chicago are down this year so far, compared to the 2012 numbers.