CHICAGO (CBS) — Amid a spike in shootings and homicides to start the new year, the Chicago Police Department has forged a new partnership with the Cook County Sheriff’s office to target gang violence that affects both the city and suburbs.
Interim Police Supt. John Escalante said he has enough officers to police the city, but welcomes a stronger partnership with Cook County Sheriff’s officers in targeting gangs and guns, starting in two West Side police districts.READ MORE: Alphonso Joyner, 23, Charged With Shooting And Killing 71-Year-Old Woom Sing Tse In Broad Daylight In Chinatown
Standing with Sheriff Tom Dart at Chicago Police Headquarters, Escalante said, while the two agencies have worked together before, this will be better coordinated.
“The Chicago Police Department and the Cook County Sheriff’s office will be leveraging the full strength of a mutual partnership to target the gangs and violence that pose a threat to the city of Chicago,” Escalante said. “Through this partnership, we will use every investigative and operational resource to pursue justice throughout the Chicagoland area.”