Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited two South Side police districts Sunday evening to talk with officers and residents ahead of a meeting with community leaders on public safety Monday.
Emanuel spent the evening with Deputy Police Chief Dave McNaughton in the Englewood (7th) and Deering (9th) police districts, according to the mayor's office. On his agenda were speaking with other officers on foot patrol, talking to residents and getting briefed on "crime conditions" and police strategies used in the two districts.
On Monday morning, Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy will meet with ministers, faith leaders, parents and youth at a quarterly meeting of the Mayor's Commission for a Safer Chicago. At this meeting, they will discuss ways in which they can partner with the city on public safety efforts.
The mayor and McCarthy have taken a lot of heat in recent months over the rising rate of violent crime in Chicago. Last week, they hosted President Barack Obama and hundreds of law enforcement officials from around the country for the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, which was held at McCormick Place.