Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tribune: Delays mark CeaseFire's partnership with city

What do you think of CeaseFire partnering with the city to curb violent crime:
A new pilot program that calls for the anti-violence group CeaseFire to partner with the Chicago Police Department in curbing violent crime has struggled to take shape this summer, the group said Monday, because the organization didn't have assurances that its workers would not act as informants for criminal investigations.

It wasn't until Aug. 7, about a month after the pilot program was to have started, that both sides officially agreed in a memorandum of understanding that CeaseFire's "violence interrupters" and other workers would not be required to serve as police informants, according to the group executive director, Tio Hardiman.

"You have enough confidential informants. You don't need CeaseFire in that role," Hardiman said of the police. "The police are doing the lion's share of the work, but at the end of the day we're playing a valuable role."

CeaseFire has secured its funding in the past from the state and county and through federal grants. But its partnership with the Police Department is being funded by a $1 million grant from the city, an unprecedented step in Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's efforts to reduce Chicago's homicide rate.
If you want to learn more about CeaseFire here's their official website!

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