According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Chicago Police Department would adopt a strategy aimed at reducing crime in the city. The strategy would bring additional community and government services to high-risk areas after police clear out the illegal drug market and condensed gang activity in those communities. The announcement comes in light of a 52 percent increase in homicides in Chicago.
* CBS Chicago reported the strategy is known as the Strong Blocks/Safe Communities Gang Takedown and Community Wraparound Strategy and it focuses on the community following police action.
* After the police department finishes its work in a community, the city will bring in services to help improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood, including trimming trees, removing graffiti, repairing streetlights and providing pest control, NBC Chicago reported.
* The strategy calls for hosting community meetings and getting residents more involved in the community, as well as job-training for residents.
* The plan has been enacted in some neighborhoods, including Friday when police officers helped bring down a drug market along South Michigan Avenue between 111th and 118th streets.
* The plan has received some criticism for not doing enough. Mario Coleman of the Ben Wilson Foundation said the program is lacking a strong emphasis on bringing jobs to communities and especially to young kids.
* The Chicago Tribune added a poll found while Emanuel's overall job approval rating is at 52 percent, only 45 percent voiced approval for his efforts to reduce crime in the city.
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