CHICAGO, June 24 (UPI) -- On one of the hottest days of the year, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis has ordered all plainclothes officers to wear full uniform while on duty.
Weis says he hopes criminals will think twice about breaking the law if they see a police presence, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.
"It lets everybody see our officers in uniform," Weis says. "But more importantly, anybody they pull over clearly knows that they're the police."
Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue says the move will probably irk some members of the force.
In addition to the uniform order, the Chicago Police Department will use federal stimulus money to add extra patrols for the city's worst neighborhoods.
The department has already moved about 150 officers from desk jobs to the streets and plans to rotate another 40 to 50 administrative officers each week to patrol duty for the summer.