Bicycles aren’t just a fun way to get around this time of year, they’re also an effective crime-fighting tool, according to Chicago police.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, perhaps by mid-September, the Police Department won’t need as many officers working overtime on saturation patrols in high-crime areas, thanks to new recruits hitting the streets.
Metra police said the move was an effort to raise officers’ visibility as the summer season brings more casual riders on the trains, along with regular daily commuters.
Chicago Police are expanding their so-called Operation Impact. That’s the saturation of high crime areas with foot patrols made up of new recruits.
Sadly, the warm weather often means more crime. Jason in the Uptown neighborhood sent us an e-mail about a shooting this week near Truman College. In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker caught up with officers walking the beat near the scene of the crime.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Thursday that a recent move to step up foot patrols in some of the most violence-prone neighborhoods is paying off.