March 19, 2014 |
The Chicago Police Department has seized more than 1,000 illegally possessed guns so far this year, according to a department news release Wednesday. The mayor's office used the milestone to underscore the value of stricter gun laws, reiterating its call for three-year sentences for illegal gun possession. During a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy also called for a gun-transfer reporting requirement, a federal universal background check, a federal ban on assault weapons and a federal ban on high-capacity magazines.
June 25, 2013 |
Smashed store windows. Homemade fireworks. Chicagoans knew how to celebrate the Blackhawk's Stanley Cup win Monday night, with enthusiasm that sometimes turned violent. But Chicago Police officials said the early-morning mayhem was basically peaceful. Police arrested 23 partiers last night on misdemeanor charges for breaking store windows in Lincoln Park and Lakeview, and other forms of reckless and disorderly conduct, but no felony charges were filed. Officials said they also issued 21 tickets for minor,...
January 20, 2014 |
Chicago Police officials are warning Near North Side residents about a police impersonator who reportedly took money from an elderly person on two separate occasions while pretending to be a law enforcement official. The alert said the offender called the person and told them that a relative was under arrest, and that to help with the investigation they needed to withdraw "a large sum of money" from their bank account. A second offender met with the person at the bank to get the money, the report said, and he told the...
January 6, 2014 |
The Chicago Police Department's German Shepherds get cold, too. Monday's subzero temperatures have driven some police officers indoors, but the canine unit is among the units still working outdoors, despite the extreme cold conditions. "The dogs are just like humans, but we can't not use them today," said Vic Guerrieri , commanding officer of the canine unit. "We have to limit their exposure, because if the handler is getting cold, so is the dog. " Guerrieri said the dogs don't wear any...
July 8, 2013 |
Digital natives, the Chicago Police Department is ready for you. Now Chicagoans can follow some of their local policing districts on Twitter, listen in on local community policing meetings online, and text tips and photos of in-progress crimes straight to headquarters. Mayor Emanuel announced the new programs alongside CPD officials Monday morning. So far, three Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) districts around the city have Twitter handles. They are @ChicagoCAPS07, @ChicagoCAPS11, and @ChicagoCAPS18.
February 17, 2014 |
When they're not patrolling the city as police officers, they're tussling with other first responders on the football field. They're the Enforcers, the Chicago Police Department's football team, which is kicking off its ninth season in the national Public Safety Football League March 2. The team, made up of mostly CPD officers, officers from the Cook County Sheriff's department, and other local agencies, is hosting a kickoff party on Sunday, March...