Mayor Lightfoot’s mission is to keep our neighborhoods safe.
For Mayor Lightfoot, there is no higher calling than restoring safety and peace in our neighborhoods. In order to reduce this historic nationwide spike in violent crime, we need short-term and long-term solutions. Her plan tackles gang violence, takes guns off our streets, and makes historic investments in communities most at risk from violence. She knows we cannot just arrest our way out of this problem, we have to invest our way out of this problem.
Her comprehensive approach to public safety brings together communities with all levels of government, law enforcement, the private sector, and everyone who is invested in moving Chicago forward.
To date, Mayor Lightfoot and her team have:
- Increased funding for community approaches to violence reduction by 1400%, with a focus on high-risk, violent individuals and on supporting victims of violence.
- Sued the top out-of-state gun suppliers linked to guns used in Chicago-area crimes and established the Gun Investigations Team, which focuses on interrupting the illegal flow of guns into the city.
- Removed nearly 12,000 illegal guns off Chicago’s streets, including more than 701 assault weapons.
- Invested $3.6 million in protecting and assisting survivors of domestic violence. With these funds, the city established a legal advocacy hotline; a hotel room program, which houses survivors and their children; and the Expedited Housing Initiative to help house homeless survivors.
- Created the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction to drive a proactive approach to preventing violence and supporting impacted communities. The Violence Reduction Office has worked alongside community partners, outreach organizations, and research institutions such as the University of Chicago, among others to create a Violence Reduction Dashboard where the city shares real-time data on violence trends as well as critical information about community-centered and trauma-informed response. The University will help conduct research and evaluations of the city initiatives for data-driven policymaking.
- Expanded the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program, which redirects people with substance use disorders away from the criminal justice system and into medical treatment and rehabilitation. Chicago has created the biggest arrest diversion program in the country, allowing people struggling with substance abuse to receive treatment instead of a criminal record, and allowing CPD to focus on preventing and solving crimes.
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