LOGAN SQUARE — The Chicago Police Department is expanding its crime-preventative technology to Logan Square.
The Shakespeare (14th) Police District is the latest Chicago police district to get crime cameras, cellphone technology and an intelligence platform, according to a city news release issued Friday.
The intelligence platform, called a station-based strategic decision support center, stores crime data in one place so police command staff are more prepared to deploy officers or respond to a call.
The cellphone technology, also coming to the district, essentially serves the same function, but for officers in the field.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson joined Shakespeare District Cmdr. Fabian Saldana the district’s headquarters Friday afternoon to make the announcement.
“This area — Bucktown, Logan Square, Humboldt Park — they not only have this now, this [intelligence platform], they have additional cameras coming. … giving this community the type of support the officers need, the community needs to do the job they need to do,” Emanuel said.
City officials said the technology has helped reduce crime on the city’s South and West sides.
“Now, while we’re not declaring victory, it is convincing progress that communities that historically have seen greater violence are seeing greater signs of hope and optimism,” Johnson said.
The department is rolling out the same technology in the Town Hall (19th) Police District, Albany Park (17th) Police District and Roger Park (24th) Police District early next week. The technology is now available online in those districts.