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Police Chief of Chicago Airports Resigns

Airlines & Airports | Amy Coyne Bredeson | April 09, 2016

Police Chief of Chicago Airports Resigns

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The head of aviation police officers at the two Chicago airports, who has been under fire for not allowing officers to carry guns on duty, has resigned, CNN reported. 

In December, CNN disclosed that under police chief Richard Edgeworth’s leadership, officers were advised to “run and hide” if there were ever an active shooter at the airports.

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CNN reported that various aviation officers said they were in danger because of the policy. When the news agency asked Edgeworth about this policy last year, he would not answer questions.

April 15 will be Edgeworth’s last day with the Chicago Department of Aviation, according to his resignation letter obtained by CNN.

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"It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve," he said in the letter. "As a team, we have demonstrated day-in and day-out why our Chicago Airport System is the best. You are the 'A team.' "

The Chicago Department of Aviation said in a statement to CNN that it applauded Edgeworth for his "years of service" and "steadfast dedication to safety."


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