Chicago Police Department is in Cape Town to expand US and South African law-enforcement partnerships and increase knowledge-sharing among security stakeholders.
The two cities share similar policing challenges and experience high levels of gang violence.
Chicago Police Department has been recognised for its innovative crime-intervention practices.
Not so long ago we were considered the murder capital of the US with high crime in the early 90s. We have since made a steady decline in crime and we have taken some of the best practices in the world— Ernest Cato, District commander - Chicago Police Department
We have also taken some of the best practices here in Cape Town and implement them.— Ernest Cato, District commander - Chicago Police Department
You need some form of technology to build relationships with the community and businesses as well as provide some form of hope.— Eric Carter, Deputy police chief - Chicago Police Department
[Listen]— US ConsulateCapeTown (@USConsulateCT) April 10, 2019
“They going to be learning from us; we going to be learning from them.” - @KienoKammies @Chicago_Police Deputy Chief Eric M. Carter and Commander Ernest Cato now on @CapeTalk. pic.twitter.com/4WKzPfTWyt
The visit will include meetings with Cape Metro Police, South African Police Services, the Department of Community Safety and the city's committee for safety and security.
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