CPD launches new “custom notifications” anti-violence program

The Chicago Police Department launched a new crime-fighting tactic Friday, going door-to-door notifying potential criminals not to commit any violent crimes.

The “custom notifications” will be made by a Chicago Police commander and will begin as a pilot program in the Austin District on the West Side.

Commander Barbara West will deliver letters to 20 people whose names appear on a “heat list”, which comes from research based on murders that occurred between 2005 to 2010 on the West Side.

Yale University professor Andrew Papachristos found 70 percent of the killings were in a social network of 1,600 out of a total group of 80,000 people.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the department narrowed the list to more than 400 “hot people” who are most likely to commit shootings or become victims.

A church pastor or coach will accompany police when they hand deliver “custom notifications” to those on the list and will offer help lead them in a positive direction.

The program has already been introduced in High Point, NC.

10 comments

  • joe mama

    Get the he!l out of here, do they really think this gonna work. "hello mr criminal, will you please not shoot anyone today?" This has to be one of the dumbest things i've heard. Treat the gang bangers like terrorists since they terrorize neighborhoods. Not treat them like normal citizens and ask them to be lawabiding, they have shown that it doesn't work.

  • Jay

    Hahahahaahhahaah…….wait for it……….hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhaahahhashahahahahahahahahhaahahahahahah WOW! unbelievable

  • Laughing at U.

    You people are soooooooooo fuc#$% Stupid. Reallly? Taking advice frm professor who never lived or dealt with this violence in his life. Because he did study he knows what he talking about??? Superintendant must be REALLY desperate!

  • mirna.

    the police system must be desperate. who came up with this idea i guess it someone who never loss a life to violent crime. hey Mr superentent. when you knock on those doors tell me if you found the shooter who kill miguel cancel are on April 13. 2013. then i tell you if your idea works.

  • Jock E Shift

    Hey! Just think. They don't have to commit any crimes now. They can just wait until they get their letter, then sue the hell out of the city for defamation. Way to go, boys.

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