Look out, baby! Here it comes!
Starting Sunday, May 29, 2011, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, an estimated 500 Chicago police officers will be forcibly reassigned to the Grand Crossing, South Chicago, Calumet, Auburn-Gresham, Englewood, and Chicago Lawn neighborhoods.
The officers, who work for the Mobile Strike Force and Targeted Response Unit, will be temporarily stationed in high crime areas for 90 days/three months.
Although some reports indicate that police superintendent Garry McCarthy is testing the effectiveness of the redistributed units, others say McCarthy ultimately intends to disband them.
In the past, the Mobile Strike Force has worked to reduce crime in areas like Uptown and Edgewater. But that is about to change. Possibly, for good.
On the flip side, officers who routinely work in Chicago's high crime areas, say they can use all the help they can get.
If this is Rahm Emanuel's way of putting more officers on the street, he is off to a dismal start!