Police, CPS plan to expand ‘Safe Passage’

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The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools are taking steps to assure parents their children will be safe on their way to and from school this year.

CaptureMembers of both police and CPS scheduled a news conference for Friday morning at the Homan Square Fieldhouse in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

They, and other city agencies, under Mayor Emanuel’s direction, are expanding the Safe Passage program to include children whose schools are being closed this summer and who will have to travel to other neighborhoods in the fall.

Chicago Police Deputy Chief of Patrol Steve Georgas, officials from Chicago Public Schools, Department of Buildings, Department of Transportation, Department of Family and Support Services, the Public Building Commission, and representatives from other departments will be answering questions at the news conference at 10a.m. Friday.

CPS is closing nearly 50 schools and parents are concerned about their children crossing into possible gang territory as they leave their own neighborhood to attend school.

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  • mark

    Here is an idea, WALK YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL. Why do we the tax payers have to spend millions of dollars to hire people to watch over someone's else kids. Nothing good comes out when we constantly reward bad parenting. It's your kid take care of him/her.

    • sam

      How about people have jobs the have to be at before their children even start school so how could they possibly walk their kids??

  • joe

    Another great idea: Cut out the problem. Why don'y they lock up all the gang bangers that hang out in these areas. Disorderly conduct, everyday, everyday, everyday, until they disappear.

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