Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard launched a crackdown yesterday in two of his city’s most violent neighborhoods, Englewood and Back of the Yards. “We’re going to stay here as long as we need to,” Hillard said. The Chicago Tribune says that the move comes ahead of an expected announcement next week of a wider redeployment to move police officers from safer areas to hot spots on the South and West Sides.
Hillard ordered officers from the Special Operations Section and the Area One Saturation Team to begin institute what he called “rigid enforcement measures” against gang members and drug dealers.
The Tribune said federal prosecutors are preparing to expand the Project Safe Neighborhoods program to the South Side. The program enforcing gun laws currently operates only in parts of the West Side.
Mayor Richard Daley has demanded an aggressive response to a rash of recent homicides and gang shootings.