Take CAPS Off Life Support
Mayor Daley is gutting Chicago's community policing budget and reducing staff 25 percent -- a cost-cutting move that, critics contend, would leave the 15-year-old crime-fighting program "almost dead."
"Overtime has been taken off the table. Beat officers don't have to show up. Now, a third of the staff is gone. That is effectively the end of community policing in Chicago at the worst possible time," said the Rev. Marshall Hatch, chairman of the Leaders Network. Hatch noted that homicides and other violent crime are rising and the trend is almost certain to continue amid "desperation" tied to the economic downturn.
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