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Chicago Police Shootings At Lowest Level In Nine Years

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Last year, there were 24 instances in which Chicago officers fired their weapons and hit someone. It's the lowest number since the Independent Police Review Authority started keeping track in 2008.

 

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson credits expanded training.

 

"Because one of the challenges for me is to make sure that the officers have the training they need, so when they come across life-and-death situations, they can make the appropriate decisions," he said.

 

The drop comes in the midst of an increase in violence against police.

 

"So we have to change that narrative, we have to change the mentality where people think its OK to attack police officers," Johnson said.  

 

A CPD spokesman says people shot at officers 31 times in 2016.  

That’s up from 18 such shootings in 2015.