(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Chicago Police Supt. David Brown on Monday briefed a civic organization about the current crime situation, calling it “the most challenging climate for law enforcement.”
Chicago was reporting about 80 carjackings a week at the start of 2021 but the number dropped to about 20 to 30 after a task force began work in the spring, Brown said.
“That's not low enough for Chicago,” he told the City Club of Chicago.
The Chicago Police Department has since transferred 40 additional officers to the carjacking task force and made more than 1,000 arrests this year. The arrests suggest a troubling trend, with nearly 60% of offenders being juveniles, the superintendent said.
He emphasized the need for more youth and community programming.
Meanwhile, a record-breaking 9,000 illegal guns have been recovered so far this year by police, Brown said.
In an effort to reduce gang violence, the police department is now targeting gun trafficking, not just gun possession.
“That’s why we are also establishing a tip line,” Brown said. “We’re asking the public for help in identifying gun traffickers.”
CPD is also working with the Cook County Crime Stoppers to offer rewards for tips on those that are bringing guns into the city.