Chicago Police Department Launches Citywide GunStat Initiative

Mike Krauser
August 29, 2019 - 12:51 pm
Supt. Johnson announces new strategy, GunStat

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Police Department, which has long complained about a revolving door for gun offenders in the criminal justice system, has started a new initiative with prosecutors, the courts, and other law enforcement agencies to get a clearer picture of what’s happening and what can be done about it.    

“How can we keep gun offenders from returning to our neighborhoods where they spread fear,” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, before convening the first meeting of the initiative. 

He said the GunStat Initiative will track gun cases from arrest, to posting bond, to prosecution, incarceration, and release.  

“Our aim is to take a wide view of how gun cases make their way through the system, identifying gaps and closing loopholes,” Johnson said.  

He called the gun violence “a stubborn stain on the city.” 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, at the Superintendent’s side, said, “one of the most important features of this new initiative is that we are breaking out of silos.  It’s the police arrest, then hand off to the prosecutors, then it goes through the courts and all of the various parts of the system haven’t been seamlessly talking together.” 

Johnson said he’s sure solutions will emerge, having everyone at the table and the Mayor said there’s a moral urgency to act now.