Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is set to propose a new crime prevention approach to Chicago’s City Council.
It`s called the `broken windows` strategy. The plan would allow officers to arrest people who ignore tickets for routine offenses.
At a news conference at the Harrison District Police station, McCarthy said stopping the little crimes will prevent the big ones.
“When we approach somebody and stop them for public consumption of alcohol, we may find they have a warrant for their arrest for something else,”
The plan would allow police to arrest people who fail to pay tickets for public urination, drinking alcohol in public, and gambling.
McCcarthy says 65% of those tickets go unpaid.
“John Q. Citizen will pay his ticket and not sit on his porch again and drink beer,” McCarthy said while giving an example. “But if the broken windows theory holds any water then it’s not John Q. Citizen’s behavior whose were not trying to change. It’s the criminal who does it every day who 65% of those tickets are issued to.”