Chicago police will increase curfew enforcement and add more officers to its Mobile Strike Force in an effort to curb youth violence, top police and schools officials said yesterday, reports the Chicago Tribune. Even though curfew violations fell for the first three months of 2009, Police Superintendent Jody Weis contended this did not mean enforcement was down but that youth and families were heeding the call to obey curfew laws. Through March, the department issued 4,569 curfew violations, down from 4,937 for the same period in 2008.
The department is adding a third unit of 50 officers to the Mobile Strike Force, a specialized unit started last year to target gangs and guns. Weis said police would expand throughout the city the Txt2Tip program in which students can send anonymous tips about possible criminal activity.