Chicago-area freeway shootings have more than doubled so far this year, and as a result, Illinois State Police are looking to take additional action, more than doubling their patrol presence. on highways at night.
According to an ISP press release, state police will increase their patrol presence by about 157% during what they call “peak periods of criminal activity” on highways.
This increased presence will take place in the evening and on night shifts.
âFor over 30 years patrolling the Chicago area freeways has been a unique duty of this agency and during that time we have never faced the concentrated levels of gun violence we faced in 2020 and 2021, “ISP Director Brendan Kelly said. A declaration.
The soldiers will be transferred from statewide to the Chicago District to help with staffing, according to the press release.
Illinois State Police said there had been 185 reported Chicago freeway shootings so far in 2021, up from 128 in 2020.
One of those shootings took place on the Stevenson Freeway late Tuesday night. Police said two people were killed in the shooting, which occurred in the southbound lanes near Wentworth Avenue in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood.
In addition to the newly assigned soldiers, the FAI continues to work on installing license plate readers on the region’s highways, which they say will help them identify cars involved in shooting incidents.