Officers on foot patrol have joined mobile units in 20 of Chicago's targeted violent crime zones. The zones make up only 3 percent of the city’s
layout, but was home to approximately 20 percent of all Chicago’s
violence over the last three years, according to the Chicago Police
CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy says the initiative, which pays approximately 400
officers overtime for nightly patrol, began last week. Part of the
department’s “strategic saturation” crime-reduction tactic, each
evening, the 20 zones will each see 16 officers patrolling on foot.
plan’s commencement occurs as citywide crime is down 35 percent, with February seeing 14 murders. At this time last year, the month of March saw 40 murders, while this year the count has reached 12.
the coming months you are going to see more assigned foot patrols
phased into all the zones,” McCarthy told reporters as he held up a
picture of gang graffiti condemning foot patrol officers.
The graffiti read “f--- the foot police.”
“Apparently they’re having some sort of impact on gang members there,” McCarthy said.