CHICAGO — Chicago Police Department’s top cop held his semi-regular media availability.

CPD Superintendent David Brown began the press conference with a few statistics on shootings and homicides. Namely, he compared June 2022 to June 2021 stating shootings were down 22% and homicides were down 21%. Brown also noted 5,852 guns have been recovered by CPD officers so far this year which is a 5% increase compared to this time last year.

For CPD’s part, an area commander stated they will have an increased presence all along the parade’s route.

Rich Guidice, executive director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, also made an appearance to discuss the city’s preparations for summer events. Guidice spoke primarily of the city’s Pride Parade this weekend, the first official parade for Chicago since before the pandemic.

Finally, Brown took questions surrounding the newly announced permanent foot pursuit policy for CPD. He stated such a policy is not new to policing, but simply new to his department.

WGN reporter Rob Sneed attended the press briefing and featured a report on WGN’s evening newscasts. Watch in the video player below: