Updated 08/26/13 – 11:25 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The city’s top cop said he’s pleased with how things have been going so far, as children head back to their first day of classes.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports Police Supt. Garry McCarthy – whose department has been preparing for this day for months – said the first day of the expanded Safe Passage program has gone smoothly so far.
McCarthy said the tumult of transferring nearly 13,000 kids to new schools, because of the closing of 49 elementary schools, has had a silver lining.
“I’m seeing small groups of kids being walked to school by their parents, or their older brothers or sisters,” he said. “This goes to the heart of what we’ve been talking about since I’ve been here, which is … to me, this is an opportunity. This is true community policing.”