Police promote public safety initiative for event-filled weekend

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police are urging the public to be aware and report any suspicious activity as the city prepares for a busy weekend in the city. If you see something, say something.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke Friday on the implementation of smart policing technology in Chicago.

From the Rolling Stones concert, to the County LakeShake Festival and many other events, law enforcement want to ensure the public's safety during the event-filled weekend.

Friday, CDP held a press conference introducing a new investment with installed license plate-reading cameras along Lakeshore Drive as part of their "smart policing technology." Officials said they will also have a heavy presence of both marked and unmarked cars positioned throughout the city and at each exit.

They also remind people to not get distracted while driving and to not drink and drive. They recommend the best way to navigate the city is by using the CTA.

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"The City plans well in advance with event organizers and will monitor events and weather conditions over the weekend to ensure the public safety," said OEMC Executive Director Rich Guidice. "We also ask residents, visitors and event attendees at the various festivities to respect the surrounding communities, have meeting plans in place in case of an emergency and report any situations that appear to pose a possible threat by calling 9-1-1 or by notifying on-site security."

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Roz Varon takes a look at what's going on in the city and suburbs this weekend.

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