Chicago, IL- A report by Chicago’s inspector general alleges millions in wasteful spending and widespread mismanagement of overtime pay in the Chicago Police Department.
The issue was so important to the department that Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he had to address it himself, even though he isn’t officially back yet after having a kidney transplant.
That inspector general audit looked at CPD overtime from 2014 through the first six months of 2016. Johnson was not superintendent for most of that time period.
the audit found officers racked up excessive overtime to the tune of tens of millions of dollars over budget. The audit also found a lack of management control to prevent abuses, although the city has cost tax payers 642 million dollars in Police brutality settlements since 2004.
“That’s a lot of money. That’s a lot of tax payer money, a lot of taxpayer money going to the most important functions that are performed in this city by the police department, and so controls are fundamentally necessary,” City of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said.
“We’ve been holding people accountable already for different overtime issues, and we will continue to do that. This report will help up us highlight things that maybe we hadn’t looked at,” Johnson said.
In a statement, the police union criticized the report and said the real issue is the need for more police officers
Last year, CPD said it would be hiring 1,000 additional officers over two years, in addition to building a new police training facility in west Garfield park. The new building will sit on 30 acres of land and cost 95 million dollars to build.