CPD launches new “custom notifications” anti-violence program

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The Chicago Police Department launched a new crime-fighting tactic Friday, going door-to-door notifying potential criminals not to commit any violent crimes.

The “custom notifications” will be made by a Chicago Police commander and will begin as a pilot program in the Austin District on the West Side.

Commander Barbara West will deliver letters to 20 people whose names appear on a “heat list”, which comes from research based on murders that occurred between 2005 to 2010 on the West Side.

Yale University professor Andrew Papachristos found 70 percent of the killings were in a social network of 1,600 out of a total group of 80,000 people.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the department narrowed the list to more than 400 “hot people” who are most likely to commit shootings or become victims.

A church pastor or coach will accompany police when they hand deliver “custom notifications” to those on the list and will offer help lead them in a positive direction.

The program has already been introduced in High Point, NC.

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