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Letter: Increase police foot patrols

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 2:41 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The city of Chicago has already taken it upon themselves to reinstate the use of foot patrol officers in the city. In the past year, the Chicago Police Department has enlisted about 150 police officer recruits to around 20 different areas of Chicago – this new movement being called "operation impact."

The Chicago Police Department has recognized the need and urgency for an increase in foot patrols around the city, just as police department of the past have done so. The Chicago Police need to further increase the amount of police officers it has on foot patrol around the city.

If the department realizes how beneficial foot patrols can be to the communities and the city of Chicago, they will understand how important foot patrols are. Foot patrols offer many benefits to the city, some being that foot patrols allow a greater police presence in the communities and allow officers to be more flexible in how they can react to a citation. They allow officers to become friendlier with the communities so they are better aware of their surroundings and the people who live there. Above all, foot patrols are a concept that should be greatly invested in.

Nicholas SalloumBloomingdale

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