Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announces on Tuesday the expansion of a bold, new approach to battling gang violence.
The program is called “Custom Notifications.”
The initial phase was launched in July. In this capacity, police commanders visited the homes of reputed gang members, or possible victims, when there was a spike in violence in their territories. They urged the gangsters not to retaliate, and the conversations often included family members. They also offered to connect them to health care and job placement services.
As part of the expansion, the program will now be used to intervene in active conflicts that are happening in real time.
Officers have stopped by more than 50 homes in six police districts since July.
So far, none of the people visited have had felony arrests since then.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.