Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy took a walk at 79th and Langley Thursday– a south side neighborhood hit hard by crime and gangs. 24 police officers have been patrolling on foot here since late march.
Monique Jefferson’s family owns a photography store. She met with officers from the Gresham district– a face-to-face she appreciates.
The 24 officers who walk around Chatham have roll call at 6:00pm and work through the night, backed up by cops in cars. Mayor Emanuel says that helps keep crime down all day.
Relationship building is what the mayor and superintendent want, saying it is key to curbing the violence and the silence.
Some residents and business owners are still skeptical though and not quick to applaud. It will take more than a month to change perceptions.