Chicago Police launch Strategic Saturation Initiative, to Reduce Violence in Targeted Areas.
Chicago Police Seize More than 1,220 Guns during the First Nine Weeks of the 2013 initiative.
CHICAGO – Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy announced today that officers have seized more than 1,220 firearms in the first nine weeks of 2013, and the Department’s recent strategic saturation initiative is producing positive results, in areas plagued by violence. “Chicago Police are working hard to remove illegal guns from our streets and protect our neighborhoods,” said Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy. “The pace at which we are removing guns from our communities demonstrates the need for common sense gun safety laws and mandatory minimums for gun crimes to keep our City safe.”
The strategic saturation initiative focuses on 10 areas in the City with the most violent crime. While the areas represent 1.6 percent of the City’s landmass, they account for 10 percent of the violence. Each night there are 200 more officers on the streets in these areas, made possible through an overtime initiative. “Strategic saturation is another method of protecting public safety, and to date it’s been effective,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “There have been no shootings and no murders in these areas during the times they have been covered through strategic saturation.” Superintendent McCarthy highlighted several notable arrests in the last week that illustrated the Department’s ongoing efforts to confiscate firearms and combat violence involving guns, gangs and drugs.
In the Wentworth (2nd) District, Gang Investigation Division officers assisted parole officers in conducting a parole check on the 4900 block of S. Forrestville. While searching the premises, officers observed a fully loaded Intratec Cat-9 9mm handgun along with narcotics, that has a combined estimated street value of nearly $40,000. The offender, a 38-year-old convicted felon and gang member, was subsequently charged with one count of Armed Habitual Criminal, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cannabis, and the Issuance of a Warrant for a parole violation.
Add One/ Gun Seizure – Week 9. In an unrelated incident in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District, tactical officers executed a search warrant with the assistance of SWAT personnel at the residence of a convicted felon and gang member on the 4800 block of S. Keating. Upon further investigation, officers discovered a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and .45 caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol, along with a quantity of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
The 26-year-old offender was charged with two counts each of Armed Habitual Criminal, Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon, Unlawful Possession of Unregisterable Firearm, Firearm without Valid FOID, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, along with one count of Possession of Cannabis.
In at least two investigations in the Deering (9th) District, convicted felons and gang members were apprehended in possession of firearms. In one incident, a 21-year-old was inside a vehicle with three fully loaded firearms, including a Taurus .357 caliber revolver, Interarms .38 Special revolver, and Beretta .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol.
The investigation revealed the offender was a parolee, leading to 3 counts of Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon on Parole and issuance of a warrant for parole violation. Officers responding to a call in a separate investigation similarly found a convicted felon and gang member with a semiautomatic pistol. The 22-year-old offender was charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon, Defaced Firearm ID Markings, and Issuance of a Warrant for Resisting/Obstructing Police.