Evanston police today announced a new violence reduction strategy to respond to community concerns about recent shooting and shots-fired incidents in the city.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says that in addition to extra patrols already underway in areas affected by the shootings, the department’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team and the Tactical Unit will assign two members each day to work at recovering firearms.

Dugan says members of the two teams have an exhaustive knowledge of individuals involved in the ongoing conflicts in our community. He says they will use confidential informants, tips, monitoring social media as well as investigative stops to focus on known firearm offenders.

Dugan says officers will be using a heat map that shows where the most shots-fired calls have occurred recently to help focus their work.

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In a further effort to develop information and allay concerns regarding gun-related incidents, the Problem-Solving Team and Foot Patrol officers will use the same map to actively engage residents in the affected areas.

These officer will be conducting “knock and talks” at residences, visiting businesses, schools, parks, places of worship and take advantage of any other location where they can make contact with citizens who have concerns about gun-related crime.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. New Hope

    This sounds good and gives me a glimmer of hope. Now it is up to the people to cooperate. We'll see.

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