Published: Sep 15, 2010 5:09 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 15, 2010 2:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) - Several hundred police officers are marching outside of Chicago police headquarters to voice their displeasure with the department's leadership and with what they call a dangerous staffing shortage.

Many officers at the Wednesday rally are carrying signs demanding the resignation of Superintendent Jody Weis (WEES). One sign reads "More Police. No Weis."

Officers have criticized Weis' leadership. They contend the department was down 1,000 officers and that Weis made the situation worse by pulling officers from their districts and from patrols to work on special units.

Weis contends that crime has dropped since he took over in 2008. He says he was hired because of a series of scandals involving officers and there haven't been any under his watch.