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CPD high-tech crime detection to begin in Gresham district

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department expands its new, high-tech policing strategy to the Gresham neighborhood.

It's the sixth district to get the technology.

The program provides real-time intelligence and data to officers on the streets.

It can cut response times by up to seven minutes.

Chicago Police Dept. Supt. Eddie Johnson says shootings are down on the West and South Sides in districts with the technology.

CPD says the strategy has already reduced shootings sharply in the Englewood and Harrison districts.

Supt. Johnson says the new technology has helped the police confiscate 5,000 guns so far this year. But, gun-related homicides are running slightly ahead of last year.

Chicago police officers have made 30 percent more arrests for gun-related offenses this year, compared to last.