Anti-Violence Community Members Will Help Patrol Englewood To Ensure A Safe Holiday Weekend: 'We Want The Violence To Stop'

Jim Gudas
July 03, 2020 - 5:47 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- To help stem the violence in one South Side community this holiday weekend, hundreds of private security workers have volunteered to patrol the area.
 
Five Hundred workers from the Kates Detective and Security Agency will watch over Englewood in an effort to curb violence and suspicious activity. 
 
Earley Walker, of the community group I'm Telling, Don't Shoot, organized the patrols and said the goal is to work with police on the ground and help them learn about any suspicious activity before it turns violent. 
 
 
"We are definitely out here being an extra set of eyes and ears," Walker said. "Of course, the police are doing the best they can but they cannot be everywhere."
 
Walker said the workers will also be talking with Englewood residents, urging them to report suspicious activity to police as well — and his efforts are paying off. He said police told him they have received more calls to the tip line from Englewood than usual. 
 
 
He said the message to residents is that when they see something wrong, they need to say something to police.
 
"(We will be) knocking on doors, reminding neighbors that if they see something, say something," he said. "We want to stay safe as we can and we want the violence to stop." 

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