As Chicago struggles with a crippling budget crisis, Acting Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy wants to set up a police foundation that would raise money from private sources to support the Chicago Police Department, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. McCarthy broached the idea Thursday in a meeting with representatives of foundations and businesses. Joyce Foundation President Ellen Alberding said she wasn't surprised McCarthy raised the possibility during a discussion of police strategies. The Chicago Public Schools have a similar foundation.
McCarthy was an invited guest at a dinner that also included representatives of the McCormick Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust and the Fry Foundation — as well as Target and ComEd. “All of the foundations want to figure out a way to coordinate,” Alberding said. “We're all interested in children's health and well-being and education. We're all really concerned about youth violence. Having a good partner in the police department would be excellent.” McCarthy once directed crime strategy for the New York Police Department, which has been supported by a police foundation since 1971.