CPD, Cook County announce anti-violence initiative

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - On Wednesday, Chicago Police Interim Superintendent John J. Escalante announced a new anti-violence initiative with Cook County Sheriff's Office. 

The effort is designed to target gangs that pose a threat to the city of Chicago. 

The efforts include gun and narcotics investigations, traffic stops, and identifying and arresting individuals with outstanding arrest warrants.

Beginning Wednesday, the elevated efforts will be taking place in the Harrison and Austin Districts, and the partnership will continue sporadically through the end of the month.

"Gang violence and related crimes pose a threat to everyone in Cook County," Sheriff Dart said. "I'm proud to work side by side with Interim Superintendent Escalante and the Chicago Police Department to ensure the safety of the residents of Cook County and the City of Chicago."

Back in 2015, CPD recovered 110 guns, had 219 warrant arrests, 43 felony arrests, and took two stolen cars off the street. But when you ask people what they think about the renewed effort, they have mixed feelings.

"I believe it's smoke and mirrors," one Chicagoan said.

"Nope, it's a bunch of bullcrap and it ain't gonna do nothing," another said.

"It'd be great...hopefully it'll help," a third said.

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