(CBS) — Governor Pat Quinn says he’s ready to send in state police to help with Chicago’s violence if Mayor Emanuel needs it.

“I’m prepared to help the mayor and the police chief if they request it wherever they need it and I think it’s important we work together on this law enforcement issue,” Quinn said. “Public safety is imperative.”

Governor Quinn says now is not the time for the national guard. They are reserved for disasters or massive disturbances.