Chicago Police Recruits Visit African American Museum

This photo shows the exterior of the DuSable Museum of African American History Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The museum will celebrate the dedication and official opening of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, with a free watch party on Saturday, Sept. 24.
This photo shows the exterior of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim
This photo shows the exterior of the DuSable Museum of African American History Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The museum will celebrate the dedication and official opening of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, with a free watch party on Saturday, Sept. 24.
This photo shows the exterior of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim

Chicago Police Recruits Visit African American Museum

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Department recruits are visiting an African American history museum — a trip that's part of an effort to improve the relationship between minority communities and a department long plagued by allegations of brutality and racism.

On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson welcomed 56 recruits to the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Chicago has seen a surge in gun violence, much of it in poor, largely minority neighborhoods, and officials hope that a better understanding of life in those neighborhoods will help the department rebuild its relationship with residents there.

Also on Monday, officials announced that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is lending the city a van outfitted with ballistic testing equipment to help police more quickly solve gun crimes.