Memorial Day 2023 Chicago: Mayor Brandon Johnson, CPD unveils safety plans ahead of the holiday weekend

Thursday, May 25 2023 19:17

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and Chicago police officials on Thursday announced safety and public engagement plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Johnson said a $2.5 million investment from the Partnership for Peaceful Communities' annual Chicago Fund was part of the plan.

The public-private partnership will support violence prevention and youth outreach efforts across the city by funding the work of 253 grassroots organizations working in 24 communities on the South and West sides, beginning with engaging young people in activities over Memorial Day weekend and during the break between the end of school year and the start of Chicago Park District programming, city officials said.

Funding will also support youth program efforts during the summer and fall.

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“With Memorial Day marking the start of summer in Chicago, it is imperative that our city put forward a comprehensive public safety strategy, including important investments in our city's youth,” Johnson said. “My administration's top priority is building a city where every resident feels safe, and to do that, we need everyone at the table. Today illustrates our commitment to working together across government, business, and community sectors- and with philanthropic organizations like the Coalition Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities—to provide solutions to the communities most affected by violence and advance our vision for a safer and stronger Chicago.”

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