Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will deliver a highly anticipated speech on public safety Thursday night, laying out his vision for combating spiking levels of violence in the city.
Emanuel's invite-only speech, to be held at 6 p.m. at Malcolm X College, comes one day after the Chicago Police Department announced plans to hire 970 new police officers to address the city's surge in gun violence.
It remains unclear how the police department's hiring plan will be financed.
In addition to policing issues, Emanuel's speech is expected to focus on the need for greater mentoring, job and economic development opportunities for communities hard hit by violence.
"It's not just the police department. It's also going to be about mentors. It's going to be about jobs. It's going to be about economic development. It's a comprehensive way to address the issue of public safety," Emanuel said Wednesday.
Black Lives Matter Chicago, meanwhile, is at least one group opposing the city's plan to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers over the next two years.
"The causes of crime and intra-communal violence exist because of the conditions of poverty that Rahm Emanuel has exacerbated for Chicago. More policing will not 'fix' these conditions," the group said in a statement. "What more policing will accomplish is more violence, more lock ups and more trauma for our already suffering communities ... We oppose the addition of 970 more police and demand an immediate reduction of all policing funds in Chicago. The money saved should be used to provide services for the people."