to Chicago-area crime statistics, it is very likely that the number
of murders this year will top last year's 627. However, two pilot
locations of the CeaseFire project (West Garfield Park police beat
1111 and Auburn-Gresham police beats 611 and 612) have seen significantly
fewer shootings. West Garfield Park beat 1115 has seen the greatest
reduction in shootings, 67 percent.
Dr. Gary Slutkin,
professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the UIC School of
Public Health and director of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention,
agrees with many social scientists that the best way to reduce poverty
and crime in low-income neighborhoods is first to wage a war against
his team of violence-prevention technicians from the project are
working in 10 of the most troubled neighborhoods in the city. Using
a scientific, targeted strategy focused on collaboration with law
enforcement, clergy leaders, youth outreach, community mobilization
and public education, the project is carefully documenting and measuring
its progress to determine the most effective methods of combating
Given the early
results of CeaseFire Chicago, particularly in Chicago police beat
1115, the project's supporters and community residents are optimistic
that they have the right formula.
is a partnership among community-based organizations, residents,
clergy, law enforcement, business and civic leaders and corporate
and philanthropic organizations.
these individuals today, we express our heartfelt gratitude for
their courage in continuing to support the work of CeaseFire Chicago
and their commitment to promote a violence-free Chicago," said Carmen
Reyes, executive director of the Alliance of Logan Square Organizations,
a community partner of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention.
(Note to editors:
Youth and gang outreach workers will be available for interviews.
In addition, a former gang member who is turning his life around
will be available for interviews.)