Chicago police to beef up presence at schools

March 12, 2008 5:25:54 AM PDT
The Chicago Police Department will beef up patrols at a handful of schools in the wake of latest shooting death involving a student. There is already increased police presence at Crane High School, where 18-year-old Ruben Ivy was gunned down during an apparent gang shooting. Devonte Smith, 15, has been charged with Ivy's murder.

New police superintendent Jodi Weis is now deploying the departments targeted response unit-- officers who are sent to neighborhoods with rampant gang and drug violence-- to about three to five schools.

"We coordinate regularly with Chicago Public School systems when it comes to safety and security programs and we will be doing even more by targeting our resources at some of the troubled schools to address gang retaliations and other violence," said Supt. Jody Weis, Chicago Police Department.

After spring break, Weis will move about 50 officers -- currently in desk jobs -- to patrolling the schools.

In addition to the increased police presence, the mayor, along with religious and community leaders, will begin a new push for more gun control legislation.