Chicago, IL (PPN) – The windy city is making progress in a much needed positive direction. Chicago made headlines across the country for reaching a murder rate high last year since the 1990’s.
Nearly 1,000 people lost their lives in Chicago alone in 2016 but this year, police have noticed a 14 percent decrease overall.
There were 56 homicides and 257 shootings in the city in May 2017, down from 68 and 316, respectively, in May 2016, the Chicago Police Department said.
In 1996, officials recorded 796 homicides and last year it 762 homicides was reached. The Chicago police department released a statement about the blueprint that was used in the month of May. Several programs were rolled out.
The launch of a police “Summer Mobile team” to target lakefronts and parks and of “the fourth annual Summer of Faith and Action, a citywide initiative designed to promote positive community engagement and alternative programming for youth throughout the summer months are two of the many initiatives taken to decrease crime in Chicago.
“While we certainly are not claiming victory, and we have a lot more work to do, I am encouraged by the reduction in violence we saw this past month, especially over the Memorial Day weekend.”, Superintendent Johnson said.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, 1,300 additional police officers was added citywide. Police also enforced multiple raids.