CPD detail anti-violence strategies for holiday weekend

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CHICAGO —   City and state police are partnering to make sure crime stays down this Memorial Day weekend. They want people in the city and suburbs to enjoy the holiday and not be a victim.

As people get ready to celebrate the first holiday of the summer, state and Chicago police say they will not tolerate criminal activity.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says thousands of officers will be out keeping the peace.   With temperatures expected to soar into the mid-80’s, tensions could rise.  Johnson says his men and women will be out in force keeping the streets safe.

“We will also have officers patrolling neighborhoods and city parks, beaches and water.  Air, land and lake,” Superintendent Johnson said at a news conference Thursday.

That means CPD’s helicopter will be up in the air along with the state police airplanes.  They are adamant that the highways stay safe.  There have been 20 expressway shootings this year, up eight from last year.

State police will also be out in force.  Safety on the roadways is their top priority.

Police  say be alert and aware and above all safe this weekend.

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