New CPD strategy connects to residents with social media

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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced some additions to the CAPS program Monday.

The new strategies include methods for citizens to contact police, boosting the key role residents play in solving crimes.

McCarthy said thee is a pilot Twitter program, online beat meetings and a way to send photos to 911.

Residents also can send tips about crimes to police anonymously with Text to Tip.  Enter the word “crimes” or 274637 in the “to” line of your text.  In the message box type the word “CPD”, a space and then your crime tip information.   Finally, send the text message.  Anyone submitting a tip will receive an automatic reply message, though your identity will not be sent to Chicago police.  Text to Tip does not replace 911 for emergencies.

The changes follow a weekend that brought Chicago to 200 homicides so far this year.

Police say the numbers of homicides are down compared to this time last year, but the numbers usually spike during the month of July.

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  • CantStandLiars

    Now McCarthy wants the general public to do his job. Why don't you tell the truth McCarthy and just say it: Concealed carry will be the ONLY policy to actually work in stopping gun violence. It will work because it will put the average honest citizen on an equal footing with the criminals. Actually the average citizen will be on a higher level of footing because they can legally carry, and go legally practice with their firearms and become a much more proficient, accurate shooter, and take out any gang banger/thug/criminal/felon for good when they come to attack you.

  • rzar

    I dunno you report and then they don't follow thru.. I called in an incident I witnessed after a high school was dismissed, teens were running in the same direction as if to see a fight. Traffic was disrupted, I noticed some kids running against the crowd- one holding a bloody brick! I could only imagine.., and as police flooded the area I kept my eyes on that teen as he hid the bloody brick underneath a vehicle and disappeared. I called it in. 45 minutes later, I saw that same brick now washed clean after a heavy shower. I called them was as if I'd never called!