Mayor Richard M. Daley was joined today by Chicago Police Department Officials, 8th Ward Ald. Michelle Harris, neighborhood residents and CAPS representatives for an Anti-Violence March that stepped off at Bethany Lutheran Church, 9147 South Jeffrey Avenue.
The Anti-Violence Rally is reflective of the city’s on-going efforts to involve the community in crime fighting activities and battle the conditions that breed crime in Chicago neighborhoods.
“Guns were involved in more than 80 percent of all homicides in Chicago last year,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley. “
And approximately 30,000 Americans are killed in firearm-related deaths each year, which means that on average, there are about 81 deaths from a firearm per day in the United States.
“These numbers should demonstrate that we need fewer guns on our streets, not more.”
CAPS has consistently worked with faith-based organizations, block clubs and the public school system to remove some of the conditions that breed crime in Chicago’s neighborhoods. In Chicago, CAPS initiatives are part of an overall strategy to fight crime and rid the city’s communities of the dangers of gangs, guns and drugs.
Mayor Daley encouraged parents to participate in activities organized by CAPS, such as today’s march. He also encouraged parents to sign up their children for positive, constructive activities through the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library and other summer programs.
“For more than 10 years the Chicago Police Department and CAPS have worked closely with concerned residents to help improve the quality of life for every resident of our city,” Mayor Daley said. “If we are to effectively fight crime in this city we must continue to build alliances between our residents and the police department.”
CAPS has been recognized as one of the most ambitious community policing initiatives in the United States. It has been cited as a model by numerous national experts, including officials at the U.S. Department of Justice and academic authorities on community policing.
Across the city, the CAPS partnership is tackling serious crime problems, as well as those neighborhood conditions that breed crime such as abandoned buildings and vehicles, vacant lots, drug houses, and graffiti.
For more information on how you can get involved in your beat, please call 311 or visit us on-line at www.chicagopolice.org/caps.