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posted: 9/12/2017 1:01 PM

Chicago police on pace to spend $200 million on overtime

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The Chicago Police Department is on pace to spend nearly $200 million on overtime in 2017 -- 40 percent more than last year's record -- despite a two-year hiring surge intended to allow for attribution and bolster the force by 970 officers.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported in July that officers racked up $30.9 million in overtime during January, February and March alone -- cold-weather months when crime typically is lower.

That was 26.6 percent more than the $24.4 million spent on overtime during the same period last year, when City Hall set a record by spending $143 million on police overtime.

Records released Monday in response to a Freedom of Information Request show the pace of overtime spending has quickened considerably.

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