COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISCUSSES GUN VIOLENCE WITH RESIDENTS
8/9/2017, noon | Updated on 8/9/2017, noon
be a police officer and be a part of a community started last August.
He explained that the 7 th district has lost 50 of its 400 officers, but has s till managed to lower
the homicide weekly rate in Englewood.
“Englewood, despite what the media or other communities say, is a very vital and rich
community full of good people who just want to raise their children, live their lives in places where
they have grown and prospered,” Johnson said.
He has informed his police district who serves communities like Englewood to engage with
the community residents to form long-lasting relationships.
“I have challenged the officers to be more engaging with the community and not in an adversarial way, but like true partners of this community,” Johnson said. “When they are out and not conducting a legal, lawful activity, then I want them to talk to the neighbors. Get out of your car, say hello and reach out because if we don’t reach out, how do I expect the community reach out?”
Johnson said the community outreach technique will be a slow process because his district is predominantly full of officers that don’t look like the people who live in Englewood.
“It’s a slow process because I can’t come into this community and say this is community policing and this is how your neighborhood should be,” he said. “I challenge you to tell me how safe do you want it? What do you want to see on your block? I know you don’t want to see shootings or
people injured and that’s on me to take care of that.”
Boykins said if anyone sees any criminal activity or is in danger, they can call his office at 312-603-4566.