CHICAGO (WRSP) — Chicago saw its deadliest year in more than two decades with a total of 762 homicides and 2017 doesn’t seem to be faring any better.
The city’s first shooting happened one hour into the year.
Two men were shot in a drive by on the city’s northwest side.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says he has a plan for 2017 to help curb the violence.
First, he is working with state lawmakers on a bill that would increase sentencing for report gun offenders.
"These guys know that we they go through our court system, it's a joke and they say that to me, and it's a slap in my face when they say that because they are mocking us," said Johnson.
New crime fighting technology will be added to the city’s most violent districts.
It will allow officers to track crimes in real time with more cameras and an expansion to the ShotSpotter system that detects gunshots.
And community policing will become a philosophy department wide.