Mayor Emanuel, Superintendent McCarthy Announce Foot Patrols Now Deployed to All 20 Operation Impact Zones
CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy today announced foot patrol officers are now patrolling all 20 Operation Impact zones as part of a strategic saturation initiative targeting criminal activity in 20 areas of the city with the most violent crime. Since Operation Impact launched on February 1 violence and crime in the 20 zones has fallen dramatically. In the 20 Impact zones, shootings are down 48 percent, murders are down 45 percent, and over all crime is down 29 percent.
“Operation Impact is an important part of our comprehensive plan to continue reducing crime and violence, and while there is much more work to be done it is resulting in progress,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Yet we all have a role to play in the safety of our communities, which is why in addition to strategic policing we also need stronger prevention efforts, more stable parenting and stiffer
penalties for dangerous criminals.”
“The progress we’re making in the Impact zones isn’t just about a statistic, it’s about protecting public safety and improving the quality of life for every resident in the area,” said Superintendent McCarthy.
“When we see progress and reductions in violence, as we’re seeing in the Impact zones and citywide, it’s not from any one thing we’re doing, it’s from everything we’re doing. It’s a result of smart policing, dedicated officers, our community partners, residents, ministers and parents.”
The first phase of Operation Impact assigned nearly 400 officers on overtime to 20 specific geographic areas that have historically had the high rates of violence. While these areas represent just 3 percent of the City’s landmass, they account for 20 percent of the violence. In mid-March the Police Department began introducing foot patrols to the Impact zones, assigning recent Academy graduates on regular time to the zones following their completion of a 12-week field-training program. The foot patrol component reduces the overtime costs of Operation Impact while continuing to saturate priority areas with additional officers.