Despite the current controversy surrounding police officers in the media recently, I believe that we are all much safer because of them. The amount of police officers contributing to violence is greatly outweighed by the number of police officers working hard and making a difference to stop violence. Police presence in Chicago would certainly go a long way in putting a stop to the violence there.
Yes, increased community policing is proven to reduce violence. Although the police alone cannot address rampant violence, especially a culture where gangs are very prevalent, they can reach out to the community, gather information, interdict illegal guns, and arrest criminals. Recent reports indicate that many shootings are committed by a small group of individuals. A strong police presence can act decisively to take these folks off the street.
The police can only do so much when they are outnumbered by gangs whose weapons are just as powerful as theirs. If we add more police to Chicago, and train them to deal with the situation, it should make a difference in the number of shootings in Chicago, but only in conjunction with strict nationwide gun control. Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country, but all criminals have to do is take a trip to Indiana to get as many guns as they want, rendering Chicago's laws ineffective. With uniform, strict gun control laws implemented across the country, they will no longer be able to do that so easily, evening the odds when it comes to fighting the police.
Chicago has been plagued by terrible gun violence for the last several years. Recently, 33 people were shot in the city. A greater police presence could help reduce much of the gun violence. The city should boost the number of police officers, as well as deploy more units into troubled neighborhoods to crack down on gun violence.