Sixty-five FBI agents will take to the streets in high-crime areas in an all-out battle against gang crime, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The 65 are part of a group of 100 Chicago agents already assigned to curb gang and violent crimes. “This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street — although the FBI has been working hand in hand and day in and day out with the police department.”
A police source says the FBI agents, working in tandem with the Chicago Police Department, will be assigned to gang suppression missions on Thursdays and Fridays for at least the next three to four weeks. “It's mind-boggling,” the source said. “It's almost unheard of.” The FBI plans to develop intelligence and conduct surveillance on street-corner drug dealers, which will “lead to somebody else talking, possibly lead to an arrest and to the seizure of guns,” another source says. “We have to go to where the problems are and that means working the streets.” Earlier, it was announced that 40 Illinois State Police troopers will partner with Chicago Police officers in a fugitive apprehension task force.