Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel says he wants to restore the city’s community policing to its roots and quickly push through changes to help the city’s public school students get a better education, says the Chicago Tribune. “Community policing has become an office, not a philosophy. I want to modernize it and bring it back to a central focus,” the mayor-elect said during an hourlong interview by Bruce Dold, the Tribune’s editorial page editor.
That approach should be complemented with a comprehensive after-school program and a focus on gun control measures to help bring a sense of security to residents, Emanuel said. Despite a decrease in the violent crime rate, Chicago has suffered from a perception problem that the city is less safe, Emanuel said. “It’s like parallel universes,” he said.