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Respectful Policing in Chicago

“Stop the Violence.”  You hear that often in Chicago, but what will it take to make it happen?

Police say they can’t do it alone, they need community cooperation, but some residents are afraid to help and just don’t trust police.

WGN-TV’s Gaynor Hall has some very raw examples of this “Us versus Them” mentality; and, a behind-the-scenes look at one way the Chicago Police Department is trying to change that.

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“Stop the Violence.”  You hear that often in Chicago, but what will it take to make it happen? Police say they can’t do it alone, they need community cooperation.  But some residents are afraid to help and just don’t trust police.

WGN’TV’s Gaynor Hall has some very raw examples of this “Us versus Them” mentality. And a behind-the-scenes look at one way the Chicago Police Department is trying to CPDRespectchange that.  The key word is “respect”, and everyone wants is, police and the general public.  Last fall, Chicago Police officers started taking a mandatory class to remind them of the benefits of respectful policing.  The thinking is, with time, they can build better relationships, crack the code of silence, and make Chicago a safer city for everyone.

Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalists Mike D’Angelo and Ted Parra contributed to this report.

In this WGN-TV web exclusive, Lt. Al Ferreira reminds Chicago police officers during a mandatory training class that crime scene behavior matters because everyone is watching.

In this WGN-TV web exclusive, Chicago Police Officer Ray Fierro asks Chicago Police Officers during a mandatory training session, what names they’re called in some communities and conversely, what names they call residents. Disrespect clearly works both ways in Chicago.

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