Chicago Returning to Foot Patrols in “Strategic Saturation” Strategy


The classic policing strategy of the cop walking the beat is the latest tactic Chicago Police are adding in their ongoing battle against the city's spiraling violence, says the Chicago Sun-Times. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is confident it will be an important part of a new “strategic saturation” crime-fighting approach. He showed reporters a photo of some gang graffiti officers found that suggests the gangs agree. “F— the foot police,” it read. “Apparently they're having some sort of impact on gang members there,” McCarthy said. While officers in a vehicle can get around more quickly, McCarthy said, it's easier for an officer on foot to engage with the community. It began last week when officers on foot joined mobile units nightly in one of the 20 zones targeted in a department analysis of violent crime in Chicago. Twenty-four officers are assigned to that zone, but just 16 are working each evening. The officers recently graduated from the police academy and completed a 12-week field training course. McCarthy said the foot patrols will expand as new officers complete that training.

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