CPD Welcomes Police From Other Cities To Talk Methods In Lowering Crime

Mike Krauser
January 24, 2019 - 11:26 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Police Department is hosting police from about 30 cities in the U.S. and abroad who have come to Chicago to learn what’s working for the CPD.  

“Back in 2016 nobody around the country wanted to see what Chicago was doing,” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, “and in two short years we’ve completely flipped that narrative.”

He said the CPD learned from others, including LA, New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans, resulting in the Strategic Decision Support Centers. 

The Police Department partnered with the University of Chicago Crime Lab, blending intelligence, data analyses and technology to predict where crimes will occur and to respond more quickly. 

Johnson noted the investment in technology, including 35,000 cameras – the most in any U.S. city, he said -  and technology like shot-spotter that tells police in real-time where shots have been fired.  

He said there are more officers on the streets, with new training and an effort has been made to repair relationships, especially in the black community. 

"Overall crime declined eight percent last year compared to 2017,” he said, “and this was driven by a drop in murders, shootings, robberies, burglaries, theft and carjackings. There was also a 10 percent drop in overall crime over the period dating back to 2016 and that means this is not a trend, this is not a flash in the pan.” 

Johnson said one statistic might seem misleading.  

“Even though the crime is dropping, 911 calls have increased to 2.9 million, up from 2.6 million the year before.  Now this might seem like a statistic that points to a surge in crime, but actually it speaks more to the notion that residents are beginning to regain confidence in the police department," Johnson said.

CPD, he said, learned from other departments and now other departments are learning from Chicago.