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CPD to change how it combats gangs

November 22, 2008 4:32:04 PM PST
With 75,000 gang members in Chicago, city police say gangs are the biggest problem the department faces.Now, officers are set to try a new strategy to fight gang violence.

Chicago police Supt.Jody Weis announced the formation of a new gang enforcement unit Saturday. The unit t will take all the gang teams currently operating under individual deputy chiefs and put them under one central command. The officers won't just work in their own districts, but will be also available for deployment anywhere in the city.

"We will be able to go to where the crime is, and I think it gives us the flexibility that we have not had in a while of moving a large number of officers quickly to address an emerging problem before more violence can be committed. The overall goal would be to get folks in place before the violence even takes place," Weis said.

Weis made the announcement during a gang summit. He expects the new gang unit to be fully operational by January 1.


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