Chicago violence reduction plan ‘Our City, Our Safety’ announced by city to target crime over 3-year period

CHICAGO (WLS) — The city of Chicago announced a violence reduction plan Tuesday that it said will work to provide public safety and economic investment over the next three years.

“Our City, Our Safety” is Chicago’s “first-ever comprehensive violence reduction plan,” the city said in a press release. It will focus on areas of the city where crime is most prevalent to empower and heal people.

But this is not about throwing more police officers at the problem.

“This effort starts by tackling the issues at the root of violence, such as systemic racism, disinvestment and poverty,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement.

“The focus is on safety,” said Norman Kerr, City of Chicago’s Office of Violence Reduction. “Increasing safety, and that’s something that sure, police, their role is to do that, but it takes more than police. It takes community-based organization, street outreach, everybody has to play a

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