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Similar to other major urban centers in the United States, violent crime in Chic

ago has declined over the last two decades and overall crime is trending lower i
n 2013 as well. However, Chicago continues to experience an overall rate of viol
ent crime that remains unacceptably high. In 2012, shooting incidents increased
by 10% to 2,460, and resulted in 435 (87%) of the 506 reported murder victims. T
he murders were also 16% higher than Chicagos 2011 figures. This is a stark contr
ast to CPD having achieved a 9% reduction in the overall crime rate in the city
in 2012, which included the recovery of more than 7,400 guns (including more tha
n 300 assault weapons).
Many individuals and families live in Chicago communities and neighborhoods wher
e, tragically, fear of public violence is normal and proximity to violent firearms
-related incidents is an everyday fact of life. Two shooting incidents in Chica
go during the first quarter of 2013 received national attention and typify the g
un violence that continues to impact the city. The first was the murder of Hadiy
a Pendleton, a 15 year old high school honor student who performed at President
Barack Obamas second inauguration one week before she was shot and killed while s
tanding with friends in a park. The second incident occurred on March 11, 2013 w
hen 6-month-old Jonaylah Watkins was killed by gunfire allegedly intended for he
r father.
CPD has developed major initiatives designed to reduce gang- and gun-related cri
me in communities with historically high rates of violent crime. In addition to
implementing such innovative gang suppression strategies as the current, multifa
ceted Gang Violence Reduction Strategy (which focuses suppression strategies on h
ot spots and people) CPD is working to reinvigorate its 20-year old community pol
icing model which has engaged with residents, community organizations, businesse
s, schools and other agencies in active partnerships to identify and address chr
onic crime and disorder problems. For instance, to increase and improve police i
nteractions with residents in violence-prone locations, CPD is: training all off
icers in police legitimacy and procedural justice; revising call-for-service pol
icy to allow more time for proactive policing; reassigning officers from adminis
trative to District patrol positions to improve community policing capacity; and
assigning officers to walk beats in high-crime communities. This combination
of comprehensive suppression and community engagement activities is designed to
reduce gun violence in the long-term.
CPD has also implemented innovative community policing programs, such as the Cam
paign to Break the Code of Silence and the Force for Good to strengthen communit
y partnerships and the capacity of community and faith-based organizations to di
rectly and indirectly work with CPD to improve neighborhood and community safety
.
However, because the impact of scarce resources significantly affects CPD capaci
ty to fully implement new public safety initiatives, CPD intends to use FY2013 C
OPS Hiring Program resources to improve District community policing capacity to
address gun violence related to gangs, narcotics activity and gun trafficking. S
pecifically, CPD proposes using FY2013 CHP funding to deploy additional officers
to community policing activities in 11 high-crime Districts, where they and oth
er law enforcement personnel will: assess the specific local factors contributin
g to violence; develop and implement integrated enforcement strategies; recruit
and convene community residents and stakeholders on a regular basis to develop a
nd implement wide-ranging community strategies consistent with and in support of
law enforcement approaches; collect data and analyze the effectiveness and effi
ciency of these strategies; and establish mechanisms for both internal and exter
nal dissemination of the impact of those strategies.