CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With anti-police protests continuing and officers being shot across the country, the Chicago Police said there’s growing concern about their own safety.
Overall crime in Chicago is down 19 percent for 2020, but police officers are in harm’s way now more than ever.
“We’re hyper vigilant anyway as a profession, but when officers are shot here and another parts of the country, it makes us even more concerned about the safety of our officers," said Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.
So far this year 51 Chicago police officers have been shot at, 10 of which were hit.
“I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago’s history,” said Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown. "...I think there's more than just a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops."
Brown reminded those who have questioned the dedication of the police department that officers are staying vigilant, with homicides down 50 percent and shootings down 15 percent in the last six weeks.
“We’ve taken 6,900 guns off the street. You should not question the commitment, dedication, bravery or courage of the Chicago Police Department. Our officers are doing their job and they’re doing it in a way we should all be proud of," he said.