CHICAGO — After experiencing a bloody summer, the Chicago Police Department is saturating districts on the West and South sides over the weekend. The intention is to be very visible, high profile, and have targeted enforcement action.
The point of this anti-violence mission is for police to let the bad guys know they are present, especially in high crime areas according to CBS news.
Police said they have a heavy, visible presence on hot corners where drug activity is prevalent. They are also conducting traffic stops, parole checks, serving warrants, and heavily patrolling areas in the 6th, 10th, and 15th districts seeing the most violence.
The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, DEA task forces, Illinois State Police and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office are all helping the Chicago Police Department.
CBS 2 was told these are all uniformed officers. There is no undercover work.
Police made an arrest late Friday night in a carjacking that spilled over from the suburbs. Superintendent Eddie Johnson assisted in arresting three people who were suspects in the carjacking.
This targeted mission started at about 7 p.m. Friday night and will go on throughout the weekend.
Five mobile command centers are set up across the city.