Chicago police superintendent moved seven officers into new posts to address increased homicide numbers in the city.
Overall crime is down 30 percent this year, but homicides are approaching 500-a staggering number. Wednesday seven commanders got new roles in districts that have become hot spots to address the senseless killing largely associated with Chicago’s stubborn gang problem.
Superintendent Garry McCarthy spoke with media Wednesday about the men and women who, he hopes, are going to reduce murders in Chicago at a time when homicides are approaching 500.
“This has to do with getting the best people in the most difficult places,” he said.
The 9th district is of particular concern. Neighborhoods like Canaryville, Bridgeport, and Back of the Yards now boast having the largest increase in shootings during 2012.
McCarthy shifted seven commanders into hot spot areas, including the 9th police District. Commander Joseph Gorman ran the gang investigations division and has a big job ahead. With 27 years of experience he is focusing on 12 gangs specifically. He says he’s going back to the basics and is excited about it.
A determined Mayor Rahm Emanuel said policing events like gang member funerals is going to be different from here on out, for one good reason.
“Where there is a gang funeral, given they have shown no respect for a place of worship, we’re going change how they operate,” the mayor said.