The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.
I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s monthly “CompStat” accountability session for north side district commanders this morning (see photo at right). CompStat (short for “COMParative STATistics”) is a monthly session in which Superintendent McCarthy and other high ranking police department personnel meet with district commanders from one of the department’s three geographical areas to discuss problems in their districts. They use Geographic Information Systems to map crime and identify patterns and then devise strategies and tactics to solve the problems and reduce crime.
Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (right) is receiving reinforcements from other Chicago Police Department units and is employing them in a comprehensive manner to prevent another outbreak of violence. The City of Evanston is also helping by redeploying some of its police officers to Howard Street.
Commander Waldera has been out in the field late into the night directing his forces.
These efforts are bearing fruit. The police have recovered six guns, some of them fully loaded, from, from suspected gang members. The individuals possessing those guns were arrested and charged.
Police also have arrested and charged an individual suspected in the March 25th shooting of a man at Ashland and Jarvis. They believe they know the identity of the other assailant and are currently searching for him.
Police also arrested an individual they suspect of being involved in the early Tuesday morning shooting of a 16-year-old boy at Jonquil and Ashland. Unfortunately, they currently only have enough evidence to charge the individual with the unlawful possession of an automobile. They are continuing to gather evidence to link the individual with the shooting.
The police investigations of the other shootings are hampered greatly by the reluctance of witnesses and others to come forward with information. If you have information that could help in the investigations of any of the recent shootings, please contact the community policing office at 312-744-6321.
Nearly all of the recent shootings stem from a long-standing conflict between two local factions of the Gangster Disciples gang. Police are not certain what precipitated the most recent escalation of violence, but note that taunting among the rival factions in the social media appears to have escalated the conflict.
Though many of the victims and arrestees live outside the neighborhood, a few do reside in Rogers Park. Whenever a victim or perpetrator of gun violence is a known gang member who claims to live in the neighborhood, my office contacts the owner of the building associated with the address and works with the landlord to take appropriate steps to address the situation. Often we discover the victim/perpetrator either gave a false address or no longer lives at the address they provided.
The police and my office cannot do it alone, however. We need the involvement of all community residents. I urge you to attend one of the upcoming monthly CAPS beat meetings.
If you live SOUTH of Lunt and east of Clark or SOUTH of Pratt and west of Clark, your beat meeting will take place TONIGHT (Thursday, April 17th), 7:00 p.m. at the 24th District Police Station, 6464 N. Clark (one block north of Devon).
If you live NORTH of Lunt east of Clark or NORTH of Pratt west of Clark, your beat meeting will take place Thursday, April 24th, 7:00 p.m. at theChicago Science and Math Academy, 7212 N. Clark (across from Touhy Park and just south of the firehouse)
For a map of the beats in the 24th District and help in finding your beat, CLICK HERE.
Commander Waldera will be present at both meetings and will bring you up to date on the police department’s latest efforts. Commander is one of the few district commanders who attends CAPS meetings, so you should take advantage of this opportunity. I will be unable to attend tonight’s meeting because of another previously scheduled community meeting, but will attend the April 24th meeting. My staff will be present at both meetings.
Finally, Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality (ONE) is holding a community walk in response to last Tuesday’s shooting. The walk will begin tomorrow (Friday, August 18th), 5:00 p.m., at the Howard “L” station (Howard and Paulina) and proceed to Morse and Ashland. Please join with your neighbors in solidarity against the violence.