The 24th Police District is hosting an Open House for community residents to get a “first-look”and explanation of our new Strategic Decision Support Center (SDSC).
Visit the 24th District Police Station, 6464 N. Clark, TOMORROW (Sunday, February 10th), and attend one of three different viewing sessions–11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:00 p.m. Supervisors will be on hand to provide an explanation of how the SDSC room works to promote public safety in our neighborhood.
No photography or video will be allowed.
As I announced earlier this week, Mayor Emanuel and the Police Department at my request moved up the timetable for the installation of the SDSC in the 24th District in the wake of last fall’s random shooting deaths.
The SDSC brings to our community the same kind of “smart policing strategy” that has resulted in significant reductions in violent crime in the police districts where it has been implemented.
As part of the smart policing strategy, high-definition surveillance cameras will be installed on the public way in strategic locations throughout the neighborhood. These cameras, along with existing police surveillance cameras and cameras from other public agencies, are monitored 24/7 from the SDSC Room in the 24th District station.
Private property owners who wish to connect their surveillance cameras to this system may do so, but only if the cameras are trained on the public way and are technologically compatible with the City’s network. For more information on connecting your cameras to the City’s system, click here.
The deployment center also includes predictive software and mapping technology. Data, such as offender criminal history and past crime incidents, is placed into a single, usable platform to help the district commander and officers make critical deployment decisions and prepare proper responses to calls for service. Civilian analysts also examine crime trends and coordinate with uniformed staff to deliver up-to-the-minute information directly to patrol units in the field.
Every beat officer in the 24th District will receive a mobile phone equipped with crime analysis tools. These devices give real-time access to district intelligence information to police officers in the field, helping them determine deployment strategies based on historical crime data. This mobile technology will allow for smarter, data-driven patrols and significantly reduce response times to calls for service.
The SDSC room already has yielded positive results. On its first day of operation this week, cameras caught a partial license plate number of a vehicle involved in a shooting at Oakley and Devon in the 50th Ward, which greatly assisted detectives in their investigation of the incident.
Even before the implementation of the smart policing strategy, the 49th Ward has experienced a significant drop in serious crime. According to Chicago Police Department statistics, the ward last year experienced a 12.7% decrease in serious crimes as compared to 2017, despite several high-profile and very disturbing shooting deaths. This trend has continued into January with a 43.4% decrease in violent crime as compared to January, 2018.
The implementation of a smart policing strategy hopefully will help continue these promising trends.