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March 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department's DUI patrol will be back in Lakeview this weekend, according to a CPD news release.   The release says the patrol, which monitors city roads for signs of impaired driving and other criminal and safety violations, will be stationed in the 19th District, which encompasses nightlife-heavy Lakeview, from 8 p.m. March 22 to 4 a.m. March 23. Police officers in the DUI Strike Force Patrol will be using speed detection...
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April 14, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
One hundred per week. That's the average number of illegally possessed guns the Chicago Police Department has seized from alleged criminals each week this year, according to a department announcement Monday. CPD has seized more than 1,500 firearms total so far in 2014, Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a Monday press conference, where he also renewed city officials' calls for more strict state and federal gun laws. Police officials say CPD recovers more illegal firearms than any other police department in the country.
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September 17, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department beefed up its police presence in Lakeview Saturday night to catch drunk drivers,  but they didn't find any. CPD routinely sends a special traffic task force to neighborhoods around the city to check for DUI offenders and other traffic law violators. The weekend of Sept. 14 they went to the 19th District, which includes the bar and night club heavy Wrigleyville and Boystown. Officials said in a release that they caught no drunk drivers, but issued more than 100 citations for less severe traffic violations, unsafe vehicle violations, and drivers license...
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April 11, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
If you browsed one of the city's crime lists online Friday morning, you would think Chicago was in the middle of a record breaking year with only 11 homicides in 2014. Chicago Police said Friday they are experiencing a "temporary technology glitch" that causes some cases to not appear when users search one of the department's most popular datasets. Of this year's 74 Chicago homicides, eight, or about 10 percent, did not show up in a RedEye search this week of the department dataset for crime dating back to 2001.
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March 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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.
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June 25, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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,...
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January 20, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
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January 6, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
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July 8, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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.
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February 17, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
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March 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department's DUI patrol will be back in Lakeview this weekend, according to a CPD news release.   The release says the patrol, which monitors city roads for signs of impaired driving and other criminal and safety violations, will be stationed in the 19th District, which encompasses nightlife-heavy Lakeview, from 8 p.m. March 22 to 4 a.m. March 23. Police officers in the DUI Strike Force Patrol will be using speed detection...
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March 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
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February 17, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
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January 20, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
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January 6, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department beefed up its police presence in Lakeview Saturday night to catch drunk drivers,  but they didn't find any. CPD routinely sends a special traffic task force to neighborhoods around the city to check for DUI offenders and other traffic law violators. The weekend of Sept. 14 they went to the 19th District, which includes the bar and night club heavy Wrigleyville and Boystown. Officials said in a release that they caught no drunk drivers, but issued more than 100 citations for less severe traffic...
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