CHICAGO — Chicago police held drills on the south and northwest sides Thursday to practice tactics officials said will be used to rapidly respond to looting, vandalism and violence in the city’s commercial areas.
“We are doing a table-top exercise, and the scenario is we have information related to looting in one of the districts,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said. “These drills will serve as a blueprint for other neighborhoods.”
During training exercises held near 47th Street and Cottage Grove and on the 2600 block of North Narragansett Avenue, officers responded to the hypothetical scenario using specialized tactics and newly-developed rapid response teams.
So far, looters largely won that chess game during two major incidents and civil unrest. But Brown said officers will focus on making arrests the next time looting occurs.
“We don’t want to give away our tactics to the criminal element who might be monitoring local media to see what we would do given the situation. It is a chess game,” Brown said.