Chicago Police Department Hope to Curb Holiday Violence With New Technology, Support Centers

David Brown
Photo credit Chicago Police Supt. David Brown/Chicago Police Department
By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police say they are employing a variety of strategies in hopes of curbing violence in the city over the holiday weekend.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the police department has deployed more crime-fighting technology, including its expanded Strategic Decision Support Centers.
Brown said an additional center recently went up online, giving police better access to cameras deployed in some of the areas that have seen increased violence in recent weeks.
"We recently added an additional SDSC room in the first district that will be monitoring several other areas that before we were not able to monitor," Brown said. "We are deploying our resources real time based on that technology." 
Brown said the 1,200 additional officers he has deployed each day of the holiday weekend will be focusing both on areas where violence has happened during past summer holiday weekends and those that have seen increased violence in recent weeks.
But he said police need help from residents to curb violence.
He wants Chicagoans to report any suspicious activity to police as soon as they see it rather than waiting for violence to happen to call 911.