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Chicago Police Begin Foot Patrols

March 26, 2013  | 

Photo by Paul Clinton.
Photo by Paul Clinton.

Rookie Chicago Police officers have begun patrolling the city's most dangerous neighborhoods in a new crime-fighting strategy introduced by Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

The officers recently completed 12 weeks of field training after completing a six-month police academy. Additional officers will be assigned to what McCarthy has identified as "impact zones" in the most crime-ridden neighborhoods, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"One of the philosophies ... that we've adopted is what I like to call a return to community policing," McCarthy told the Tribune. "And in this case, it's the same officers in the same zones every single night."

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Glen @ 3/26/2013 5:34 PM

It is about time. It worked decades ago and is the best approach. Knowing an area and its people is the only way to know when things are right or wrong. True community policing existed before cars came along. Before it was ever called community policing.

DPB @ 3/26/2013 5:50 PM

I agree with the foot patrols, but sending in rookies in the highest crime areas. I hope they are being paired with seasoned vets whom can show them the ropes and help them survive!

Bman @ 3/26/2013 5:51 PM

This is a good thing in my opinion. I like getting out on foot and I work in a fairly rural county with a take home car. Too many people get too lazy in the car here.

Frank @ 3/26/2013 6:10 PM

Now if we can get the rest of the PD's in the USa to follow Chicago we may get some place. Funny how things in this world go full circle.
Now how to we fix the greedy Washington Politicians?

Juan 10-13 @ 3/27/2013 4:41 AM

Yepper....the beat Cop is the neighborhood guardian. To a true beat Cop,the Hood is his family. His domain to protect from the Skels. Like the family,they will always come to your aid/support when you need them. You gain their trust and respect and they will protect you...Guaranteed! Peace to all my brothers and stay safe at all costs!

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/27/2013 6:40 AM

If this was truly a serious action their Chief would have used seasoned veteran officers. Instead we see "rookie" police officers being thrown to the wolves. This appears to be a politcal ploy and not a serious move by their Chief. It is very hard to keep pace with a fleeing felon in a car by a foot officer which is why both foot and patrol officers are necessary for proper community oriented patrol. I always loved to walk my business beat but the distances involved in a suburban police district make responding to crimes on foot extremely difficult and time consuming. At least with a car you can carry all your paperwork and have a place to secure a prisoner when the need arises. Hopefully they will use both vehicle patrol and foot patrol units in those targeted areas. Plain clothes foot patrols backed by marked patrol units would be even more effective in targeted high crime areas especially in Chicago. The strategy is not new at all, it is very old. Community Oriented Polcing has been around for a hundred or so years and it does work. But if it was a serious effort the officers would be seasoned veterans that know who and what to look for in that "beat".

Chicago Sam @ 3/27/2013 7:40 AM

The first four comments were obviously written by trolls of Gary McCarthy (a New Yorker who has no business in Chicago) and/or Mayor Rahm Emanual. They have nothing to do with the officers of the CPD who are citizens of Chicago or Chicago Citizens at large. Foot patrols are good when you have area where you have citizens traffic on foot a police department large enough to support the effort. Foot patrols just do not fit in Chicago residential neighborhoods where the gang violence occurs. People avoid them and the cops just become open targets. A lot of it is done by working cops on overtime missions pulling them out of neighborhoods that pay taxes and are now denied basic police service rather than hire more cops.

McCarthy is a HATCHETMAN brought in by Rahm to tear down the CPD and run it on the cheap and introduce a new strategy like this every week to cover up the violence.

Rick @ 3/27/2013 8:37 AM

If they allowed CCW for citizens, crime would drop drastically after the first few thugs got shot.

John @ 3/27/2013 6:51 PM

Yeah, the total focus on using "very first shift ever" rookies on this program lets everyone all they really need to know about this new "effort" and what to expect from it. God help those young officers being thrown into these hell holes. Just another cheap and weak gimmick being thrown at the wall to see if it sticks by this city's corrupt administration and their totally spineless, "Yes man", McCarthy. If they truly wanted to reduce crime and violence, there are plenty of programs and actions used by other major cities to great effect, (such as CCW which has been shown time after time after time to reduce crime and violence wherever and whenever it is implemented).

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