The Chicago Police Department announced yesterday that they will transfer officers from specialized units to the Englewood District on the South Side and Harrison District on the West Side. Both areas are plagued with the worst gang violence, according to police superintendent Garry McCarthy. The Tribune reports that under the plan, 48 gang enforcement officers and 64 narcotics unit officers will be redeployed. McCarthy suggested that the officers would be deployed long-term.
Overall crime in Chicago continues to drop, but McCarthy says that murders and shootings in the Englewood district jumped last year.