Chicago police will divert some neighborhood cops to protect movie sets: report
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The Chicago Police Department (CPD) reportedly ordered two commanders to divert some of their police from neighborhoods to film and television production sets on Friday, according to local reports.
The orders came four days after officers responded to an incident at a film set on Monday, where a suspect “ignited and threw an unidentified object” near the set on the 1000 block of South Desplaines Street near the University of Illinois at Chicago at approximately 10:00:20 a.m.
The object did not explode and no injuries were reported, police said.
“The Chicago Police Department is working closely with the city‘s film and television community to ensure the safety of production crews, as well as the communities in which they film,” a CPD spokesperson told Fox News. Digital in a press release.
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Downtown Chicago, known as the Loop, and its surrounding neighborhoods are among the areas affected by the new diversion efforts, and CPD officials were already bracing for staffing shortages Friday night before the release of the order, according to emails obtained by CWB Chicago.
Film and television production sets currently in Chicago are struggling to find off-duty officers to help with security, CWB reported.
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The orders also come weeks after crews on set of FX’s “Justified: City Primeval” halted production after occupants of two vehicles exchanged gunfire near the set, according to Deadline.
“The Chicago Police Department is committed to ensuring that members of the city’s vibrant film and television community can do their jobs safely,” a CPD spokesperson told Deadline in a statement. communicated at the time. “We are working closely with the Chicago Film Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications to ensure production crews have the resources they need to feel safe during the filming in the neighborhoods of the city.”
The CPD faces a drastic shortage of personnel while violent crime in the riverside neighborhoods increases.
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Last month, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown on Tuesday announced a 44% decrease in homicides and a 26% decrease in shootings in the city year-over-year. Homicides are also down in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods to the west and south of the city, but its northern lakeside neighborhoods have seen an increase.
Zone 3, which covers the Downtown River North, River South, Near North and South Loop neighborhoods, saw year-over-year increases in all major crime categories, including homicide, aggravated assault, felony sexual assault, robbery, burglary, robbery and robbery. vehicle theft for the week ending August 7. In total, all major categories of violent crime have increased by 66% since 2021, 61% since 2020, 26% since 2019 and 22% since 2018.
The number of homicides has not changed since 2021 but has increased by 3% compared to 2020, 70% compared to 2019 and 86% compared to 2018.