Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss announced plans Monday afternoon to step up the city’s violence prevention efforts after three people were shot, including one who was killed, on the lakefront last Wednesday.
Biss said the police department and the Youth and Youth Unit of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services are collaborating on efforts that include a police summer operations plan and a safe summer initiative led by the parks unit.
Police programs will include:
- An extra beat dedicated to the city center/lakeside during the day.
- Two extra beats each night that will focus on lakefront and beach patrols, neighborhood nuisance complaints and crime hotspots.
- Having community relations and patrol officers attend block parties, fairs, youth camps and other events coordinated by the parks department.
Youth and youth workers will:
- Continue to visit schools and provide support, including hosting healing circles every night after school at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center and the Robert Crown Community Center.
- Provide additional outreach throughout the community, increasing visibility at the lakefront as many youth visit the lakefront multiple times to pay their respects after the loss of a loved one.
- Hold a variety of events, including in partnership with Be Strong Families, Evanston is Family Strong! Family Fun Fest on Sunday 30 April and Violence Prevention Week activities from 22 to 26 May.
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