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New mobile patrol unit hits beaches this summer in Chicago to curb violence


Chicago PD is creating a new unit to combat the growing, and sometimes, violent crowds in public areas over the summertime.

There will be more cops out on bikes, ATV’s and horses during the summer months at parks and beaches.  Local residents, especially those who live along the lakeshore, are very happy to hear it.

The Chicago Police superintendent is expected to unveil specifics about the plan at a news conference on Wednesday, ABC 7 reported.

Just recently– over the Memorial Day weekend — chaos broke out on North Avenue Beach and many were left feeling a little rattled.

A mountain of trash was left on the sand after, police say, a rowdy crowd of underage beachgoers was consuming alcohol all day.  A huge fight, captured on cell phone video, left many feeling they should leave the area for their safety.

The summer mobile patrol  –which includes more bike and foot patrols — is part of an effort by the Dept to promote its “positive  community  engagement” campaign.

The patrols will operate during “peak activity times” and will likely complement other strategies already in place, officials said.

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