Updated: February 21, 2012 8:37AM
Wednesday marked the first time since early 2011 that there were no shootings or murders in the city of Chicago in a 24-hour period, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a statement released Thursday.
“On January 18, for a 24-hour period, there were no shootings and murders in the city of Chicago,” McCarthy said. “The last time we went a day without a murder or shooting was nearly a year ago in early 2011. This is clearly the result of the tremendous police work of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department.
“Since May, the Chicago Police Department has put more officers back into districts working to keep our communities safe; introduced CompStat, a data-driven approach to fighting crime; and empowered district commanders and given them increased resources to reduce violence in their districts,” he added.
“While we are making progress,” McCarthy said, “we still have work to do and will not be satisfied until we significantly decrease the number of murders in every community throughout the city.”