CHICAGO – When it comes to the Chicago Police Department and keeping officers fit, the workspaces in each of the 22 boroughs, headquarters and the academy are on the verge of a transformation.
Because current CPD training equipment is about 20 years old, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and a corporate sponsor decided it was time to get some new equipment.
“With our partners at ABT Electronics,” said CPMF’s Phil Cline. “We estimate our commitment to this project will include over $400,000 worth of brand new equipment that will go to every Chicago police fitness facility.”
However, during the announcement at a Tuesday news conference, CPD Superintendent David Brown was also asked about mental health services for police officers. Earlier this month, WGN Investigates compiled a story about veteran police officer Sara Hecker’s months-long ordeal to get psychological help after sustaining a serious knee injury on the job.
Brown has chosen not to speak directly about Hecker’s situation, but said 16 clinicians are now employed at CPD and he hopes to hire five more by Jan. 1.
“There shouldn’t be any reservations or qualms about speaking to a professional or colleague when you’re having trouble,” Brown said. “We really want to give a voice [to officers].”
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