Some 200 Chicago police rookies will be working foot patrols in the city's most dangerous zones by the end of the summer and the department will cut back sharply on veteran officers working overtime there, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The 20 “impact zones” have contributed to the city already spending about two-thirds of the police overtime budget for 2013. Crime has fallen sharply in the zones, the department says.
The impact zones were drawn based on a three-year analysis of murders, shootings, and robberies. They're part of police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's larger violence-reduction strategy. In the impact zones, murders were down 56 percent, shootings were down 49 percent, and overall crime was down 26 percent between Feb. 1 and Monday, compared to the same period last year. Citywide, murder is down 35 percent so far this year and overall crime is down, too.