New Chicago detectives to focus mainly on violent crime - New York News

Newly groomed Chicago detectives to focus mainly on violent crime

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Battling a wave of murders this year, Chicago Police are getting some reinforcements: 42 officers newly promoted to detective — with virtually all being assigned to investigate violent crimes.

"That's just a reflection of what's been going on in the city lately," said Area Central Detective Cmdr. Anthony Riccio. "We're concerned about the violence, obviously, and I think this will go a long way toward knocking it down."

It's the first time in five years a group of officers has been promoted to detective, police officials said.

All but three of the new detectives—who began work Sunday—will investigate murders and other violent crimes. Three will be assigned to handle property crimes.

The "lopsided allotment" of detectives, Riccio said, in part reflects that murders, shootings and other violent attacks typically require more time and manpower to solve.

Adding detectives, Riccio said, should help lead to more arrests and prosecutions for murders and shootings.

"More detectives is only going to enhance the process—it's going to be a better process and we're going to see more people going to jail," Riccio said.

Several of the new detectives said they're eager to begin their new assignments.

"There's definitely a need for new detectives and it's where I want to be, so I'm very excited about the new job," said Det. Kristi Battalini, a 14-year Chicago Police veteran now handling violent crimes.

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:33:33 GMT
    Two deputy U.S. marshals, an NYPD detective, and a sexual assault suspect have been shot in a shootout in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened near West 4th Street and Jones Street. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to a local hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.
    Two deputy U.S. marshals, an NYPD detective, and a sexual assault suspect have been shot in a shootout in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened near West 4th Street and Jones Street. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to a local hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.
  • Massive brawl at NJ wedding

    Massive brawl at NJ wedding

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:24:34 GMT
    As many as 300 people became involved in a massive brawl at a New Jersey wedding hall that ended with two arrests on Sunday night.  Middletown police say that the fight broke out at about 10:30 p.m. at the Jacques Reception Hall on Palmer Ave. in Middletown.
    As many as 300 people became involved in a massive brawl at a New Jersey wedding hall that ended with two arrests on Sunday night.  Middletown police say that the fight broke out at about 10:30 p.m. at the Jacques Reception Hall on Palmer Ave. in Middletown.
  • Accused Long Island cop killer found guilty

    Accused Long Island cop killer found guilty

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:49:08 GMT
    An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a Nassau County police officer and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim was found guilty on all counts in the murders on Monday. Darrell Fuller, 33, shot and killed Police Officer Arthur Lopez in October 2012 who suspected he had been involved in a hit-and-run car accident. Authorities said Fuller then fled that shooting and killed the second victim, Raymond Facey of Queens, while stealing his vehicle.
    An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a Nassau County police officer and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim was found guilty on all counts in the murders on Monday. Darrell Fuller, 34, shot and killed Police Officer Arthur Lopez in October 2012 who suspected he had been involved in a hit-and-run car accident. Authorities said Fuller then fled that shooting and killed the second victim, Raymond Facey of Queens, while stealing his vehicle.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices