New steps to protect kids from violence

April 13, 2009 6:37:48 PM PDT
Chicago police and school officials announced new initiatives Monday to protect children from violence. The steps including strictly enforcing the city's curfew; that's 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. on weekends.

Police will also launch a third Mobile Strike Force Company. Those are highly trained officers who are able to respond quickly to emergencies. They will also be expanding the Text-2-Tip program. That allows students to pass on information anonymously to police.

"We're going to be working with community groups within our schools to ensure that every student is armed with this information and that the Text-2-Tip program becomes a resource for students who wish to provide information about a conflict," said Ron Huberman, Chicago Public Schools CEO.

Huberman says these are just the next steps, and he says more initiatives will be announced in the coming weeks and months.


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