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-- Increase police presence at troubled schools and on public transportation during dismissal time
-- Work harder to enforce the city’s curfew in every neighborhood
-- Work with the community policing program and Chicago public schools to launch and improve safety programs for students
Office of Emergency Management and Communications:
-- Give 911 operators the ability to receive text messages, videos and pictures, including real time photos from neighborhood safety cameras
-- Provide more engines and trucks with advanced life support equipment and staff more paramedics
Chicago Public Library:
-- Launch a new media program to better connect teenagers to books, digital and computer technology
Mayor Daley challenged Chicagoans Wednesday to end what he called the code of silence when it comes to youth violence in the city.Despite Chicago’s budget challenges, Daley says combating youth violence is the city’s main priority and unveiled several new initiatives to address the issue.
“Ending the violence must be Chicago’s crusade,” Daley said as he issued his 2010 budget proposal to the City Council. “I want us to put our city’s energy and passion into giving our children a good education, creating opportunity, protecting them and getting them on the right track in life. In this budget, we will.”
Daley showcased three new programs to address the issue.
Finally, the Community Policing program will launch a door-to-door campaign and expand block clubs “to act as the eyes and ears of the community, helping to keep kids safe as they go to and from school.”
Under the new budget proposal, the city will also use $33 million to maintain and expand after-school, recreational, summer and education programs for Chicago’s youth.
“Unlike other cities, who have been forced to cut after-school and summer programs,” Daley said, “Chicago is not only maintaining its existing youth programs, but expanding them.”