City Workers Take Part In 6th Operation Clean Up This Year

Mike Krauser
July 05, 2019 - 11:21 am
City workers fanned out Friday morning in the Roseland neighborhood for a day of cleaning up empty lots and offering services to residents.  It’s the sixth Operation Clean Up of the summer. 

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- City workers fanned out Friday morning in the Roseland neighborhood for a day of cleaning up empty lots and offering services to residents.  It’s the sixth Operation Clean Up of the summer. 

"We ask you right now that all retaliations and backlashes will stop."

The day started with a prayer and a roll call of the city departments taking part, including Chicago Police Department Bureau of Patrol and Office of Community Policing, Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Chicago Department of Transportation, Department of Streets and Sanitation, Department of Water Management, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, and community outreach organizations.

Chicago Police Department's Director of Public Engagement Glen Brooks said they are not just cleaning up lots, but they are securing vacant buildings and sweeping streets.

"We have the Chicago Police Department, we will have the violence interrupters, community organizers going door to door, because we are not just doing this for us, we are doing it for the residents here and are going door to door to organize those residents," Brooks said.

"The reason why we have all the city agencies here, the reason we have our officers here, this is a part of a strategy that the Mayor has called 'all hands on deck' and what we are essentially coming out here to do is, not only are we coming out here with our city services, but we are also coming in pairing this with a number of other services within the next three to four days."

They are working on an area covering about 25 blocks, removing weeds and garbage from empty lots and securing vacant buildings. The goal of Operation Clean Up is to interrupt the violence, address disorder conditions and strengthen community networks with a focus on enforcement, abatement, street outreach, and community organizing.