According to NBC Chjcago, following a particularly violent weekend in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Friday that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) will be expanding its partnership with federal law enforcement. The goal of the partnership is to target additional communities where violent crime has become a growing problem. So far, the local-federal program has been enacted in both the 7th and 11th districts and has yielded reduced crime results.
Here are some facts and details about the expanded partnership announced today by the mayor and recent surge in violent crimes the partnership seeks to tackle:
* CBS Chicago reported that the CPD will collaborate with several federal law enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
* Over the next four months, these federal agencies will provide the CPD with additional crime intelligence, as well as agents to provide crime analysis in order to catch criminals and prevent crimes from happening.
* Efforts to expand the initiative were moved forward after the neighborhoods of Englewood and Garfield Park saw a 29 percent decrease in murders because of the local-federal collaboration.
* Additionally, the partnership will work with community groups and other city departments to provide communities with resources to keep a handle on crime after the four months, noted a press release from the mayor's office.
* Gang and drug-related crimes will receive special attention through the initiative, as will efforts to reduce the number of vacant buildings in the city that have become havens for criminals.
* In his announcement today, Mayor Emanuel said, "These agencies have been incredible partners, and this decision shows their continued commitment to help expand successful crime reduction strategies here. These new efforts will help us make a larger impact in our work to keep gangs, guns and drugs off the streets."
* Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy echoed the mayor's comments: "We can apply the successful model we have adopted in the 7th and 11th districts to other areas and expect to gain similar results and with both immediate and long-term achievements."
* The initiative comes in light of important and alarming crime statistics. A new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab found that a majority of guns recovered from crimes committed in the city were purchased in Cook County, according to an article from the Chicago Sun-Times.
* The Huffington Post reported that violence last weekend, especially related to gang retaliation, claimed the lives of nine people and injured an additional 37.
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