Ex-LA and NYC top cop William Bratton on Chicago policing

November 23, 2010

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Chicago police staged protests outside of City Hall during contract talks in the spring.

A recent analysis by the Chicago-Sun Times found that the south and west sides get more 911 and backup calls than other parts of the city.

It’s that violence that’s got Police Superintendent Jody Weis thinking about reallocating officers to areas with more calls. This strategy follows a “broken windows” approach to crime which posits taking care of the small stuff in order to avoid bigger crimes.

But many Chicago residents think neighborhood crime is already out of control and that the solution is simple: more police officers. Other suggestions on how to manage our thin blue line include using TIF funds to hire more cops or bringing in the National Guard. Will any of these solve Chicago’s crippling crime? To find out, Eight Forty-Eight turned to a man who is familiar with re-thinking policing strategies across a number of cities.

William Bratton is former head of police to both the NYPD and LAPD. He is currently chairman of Kroll, where he advises law enforcement agencies around the world.

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