The women and men of the Chicago Police Department deserve our praise for their recent crack down on an open-air drug market in the 49th Ward. Join us Friday evening as we celebrate their success.
As we recently reported, police arrested 11 gang members, seized thousands of dollars in cash and thousands of dollars worth of crack cocaine. Past cooperation between neighbors and the police has led to the closing of five major open-air drug markets in the last three years.
The community policing strategy in the 49th ward has produced a marked decrease in violent crimes. The Chicago Police Department is confident in its continued ability to fight crime because they have the support of this community as well as new crime-fighting resources like the blue light safety cameras to help them along the way.
New Blue Light Safety Cameras
The new blue light safety cameras have provided our police officers with an essential tool in the fight against crime in the 49th Ward. These cameras allow police officers to monitor criminal activity in real time from remote locations. Blue light cameras are currently monitoring a one block radius around Howard/Ashland, Howard/Damen, Glenwood/Morse, and now also at Jonquil/Ashland. This new location near Gale Community Academy will help us keep our school children safe.
According to police officers, the safety camera at Howard and Ashland provided important evidence that helped them shut down the open-air drug market on Howard Street. The concrete successes we have experienced because of these safety cameras is exciting and we are working to bring more cameras soon. The next one will be installed at Birchwood and Hoyne.
We all hope the day will come when we can remove these cameras because we have won the battle against crime in our community. Until that day comes, however, I will continue to work with the Police and CAPS groups to bring as many cameras as we need to keep our children safe.
Come Rally and March Against Crime!
Please join us tomorrow, Friday, April 13th at 6 p.m. for a rally and march against crime. We will meet at the intersection of Marshfield and Jonquil, near Gale Community Academy. Join your neighbors as we march against gang-activity and show our support for the Chicago Police Department. See what a neighborhood working together can do! I hope to see you there.