In recent weeks, Chicago has been plagued by reports of shooting-relating incidents that have had policymakers scrambling for answers. The summer months are approaching quickly, as is the protest-infested NATO Conference that Chicago will host next month.
Murders and shootings have increased from last year this time and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is on the hot seat to make sure the city is well prepared for not only the NATO Conference, but that his officers can help in decreasing the murder and shooting-related rates.
McCarthy has brought in the New York style of policing with the implementation of the COMPSTAT system, a system that crunches numbers, hold supervisors accountable, and places officers in strategical “Hot Spot” areas. He has also moved officers around without hiring new officers in the department. The detective divisions has also been shrunk from five areas to three and two stations are set to closed by the end of June.
Some believe that McCarthy should be hiring more officers instead of relying on a system that has been as of yet unproven to produce success. It is yet to be seen whether McCarthy’s strategy will curb the increase in crime.