CHICAGO (WBBM) – Chicago Police officers were expected to be more visible next week, while public school students are on spring break.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, officers who are normally in plain clothes will be wearing uniforms to increase visibility.
Those detailed to the schools with be assigned to areas where teenagers hang out.
“Our collective goal is to keep everyone safe and get offenders off the streets,” said Deputy Supt. Ernie Brown.
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Police will also aggressively enforce the city’s curfew law.
“Sunday through Thursday, 10pm to 6am is curfew and Friday and Saturday 11pm to 6am,” Brown said. “Nothing good can come from children being out after curfew. Violent crime often occurs at night and unsupervised children are at much greater risk.”
Brown reminded students that they can text tips anonymously to the police department.
“You can text information to c-r-i-m-e-s. Type in c-p-d as the first three letters of your message,” he said. “We don’t need to know who you are. All we need in the information.”
Brown also asked people to help the police.
“I ask you do not be afraid to speak out. If you see something, say something,” he said. “If you have information about escalating conflicts or crimes that have occurred, your information could save a life.”
You can text a tip to the police by typing in c-r-i-m-e-s and you have to start the body of the message with c-p-d.
You can bet police will be paying closer attention downtown, on North Michigan Avenue and in River North, where large groups of young people “wilding” – traveling in large groups and instigating violent behavior – have become an issue.