Emanuel's pick to head police department lays out crime fighting strategies

May 3, 2011

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Garry McCarthy addresses reporters with Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel

The man picked to be Chicago's next police superintendent is already laying out his tactics to fight crime.

Garry McCarthy won't get to become police superintendent until the new City Council gives him the ok. But at a news conference with Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, McCarthy laid out some of his own priorities. McCarthy said he won't have much time to get settled into the job before crime starts to go up - as it tends to do with warmer weather.

"I guess the place to start is with the number of guns being recovered in the city," McCarthy said at a news conference Monday.

McCarthy told reporters it's important to trace where guns are coming from to reduce gun violence.

He also said Chicago's gangs have more of an organized hierarchy in place than what he's used to seeing in New York, where he was a cop.

"In some cases, it might make it easier to do bigger cases on those folks because of their affiliations in their hierarchies," McCarthy said.

McCarthy also spoke in favor of a crime fighting method that uses statistics to try to prevent crimes from occurring.

McCarthy has most recently led the Newark, New Jersey police department.

If approved by Chicago's City Council, he would replace a police superintendent who struggled to overcome morale issues among the rank-and-file officers.

The head of Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police said he's open to McCarthy leading the department, but increasing the number of officers should be the top priority.