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Sheriff may get hospital beat

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
by Steve Patterson

A plan is being floated to transfer control of Stroger Hospital's police force to the Cook County sheriff, providing a potential employment opportunity to sheriff's police set to lose their jobs because of budget cuts.

The county budget passed last week calls for dozens of sheriff's jobs to be cut, in addition to the elimination of the separate Stroger Hospital police force, which has come under fire for several high-profile allegations of brutality.

But county Commissioner Peter Silvestri wants to offer those hospital jobs to laid-off county cops first, with any remaining jobs going to Stroger Hospital cops not accused of wrongdoing in the last 15 years.

The plan will be introduced Thursday and referred to committee for further study. The hospital force is now set to be folded in September.



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