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Logan Square, Bucktown Police District Has Fewest Officers In Chicago

By Mina Bloom | April 17, 2017 2:56pm
 Former Shakespeare District Cmdr. Frank Valadez (right) at an outdoor community policing meeting
Former Shakespeare District Cmdr. Frank Valadez (right) at an outdoor community policing meeting
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LOGAN SQUARE — The police district that covers a large portion of Logan Square, as well as parts of Bucktown, Wicker Park, Avondale and Humboldt Park, has the fewest officers assigned to it in the city, according to newly released data.

The Chicago Police Department's Shakespeare District has about 243 officers, which translates into 40.5 officers per square mile, according to the data.

While that's nearly less than half the manpower of Englewood's Harrison District, which has the most officers, the Shakespeare District doesn't have the fewest officers per square mile in the city. (That distinction belongs to the South Chicago District, which has 327 officers — just 12 officers per square mile.)

Between Feb. 21, 2016, and Feb. 21, 2017, the Shakespeare District saw a total of 10,599 crimes, the sixth-lowest in Chicago, according to police data. Last year, robberies in the district hit a four-year high.

The district had a population of 117,738 in 2010, which is the last time the Police Department released population data based on districts.

The Grand Central District, which covers parts of West Logan Square, Hermosa and Belmont Cragin, has 337 officers, which translates into 30.9 officers per square mile.

The Near West District, which spans eight communities including West Town, Humboldt Park and the Near West Side, has 339 officers, or 35 officers per square mile.

The police data comes from the Office of the Inspector General, which on Monday released the information on the Police Department up to Feb. 21. The office said there are 12,051 sworn officers in the department, and 7,251 of those officers are assigned or detailed to districts, while 4,800 are assigned or detailed to specialized units.