The Chicago Police Department is now combating gang crime by putting boots on the ground, as well as tires.
24 rookie police officers have begun patrolling some of the city’s worst gang-crime zones on foot; others will be added as the police academy turns out more graduates.
The first area to get the new foot patrols is the South Side Gresham District.
The patrolmen will be backed up by more experienced officers patrolling in their squad cars.
Just 3 percent of the city accounts for 20% of its violence; the neighborhoods that make up that 3 percent will get most of the foot patrols.