Here’s how many officers are patrolling your neighborhood: Watchdog

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A Chicago Police Department patrol car escorts the motorcade of US President-elect Barack Obama as he travels through the streets of Chicago on his way to his transition office on November 20, 2008. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

CITY HALL — There are 12,051 sworn members of the Chicago Police Department — and thanks to the city’s watchdog, residents now know where they are assigned.

The quarterly report issued Monday by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson includes never-before-released data about the number of officers assigned to each of the city’s 22 police districts and more than 77 special units, including the narcotics division or marine operations unit.

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The data released Monday comes as the inspector general’s office prepares to play a much more active role in scrutinizing police misconduct investigations and the discipline imposed on officers.

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