Chicago officials announced renewal to community policing program

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Chicago Mayor Emanuel and police Superintendent Garry McCarthy met Tuesday and displayed some of the 180 guns they’ve taken in in the first eight days of 2013.

It’s all part of the city’s effort to rejuvenate the  CAPS community police program.

The plan for revitalizing community policing puts more resources in the districts and more control over decision-making into the hands of the district commanders.

“As a former commander of the 7th District in the Englewood community, it’s refreshing and I know it’s well-received by the commanders to be able to run it as they see fit,” said Joe Patterson of the Chicago Police Dept.

The districts will be expected to improve the city’s crime numbers, especially when it comes to homicides, which was up 16% in 2012.

They wil  be getting some high-profile help, maybe from celebrities the caliber of Bulls star Derrick rose, Recruited to fight crime, to help police break down the so-called code of silence in so many neighborhoods and to build trust between residents and a police department at times plagued by scandal and skepticism.

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