A study of Chicago crime data by the non-profit Chicago Justice Project think tank reveals plunging violent and property crime incidents in the 19th District, justifying, the group says, the merger of the 19th and 23rd Districts.
The study reviewed nineteen years of incident totals from the 19th, 13th and 21st Districts, the three Chicago Police districts slated for merger into adjacent districts in 2012. The study also compares incident declines with districts in less advantaged parts of Chicago. For instance, while the 19th District, which covers Lincoln Square, Northcenter and Lakeview, has seen violent crime incidents decline from 1,352 to 406 from 1990 to 2009, the 6th District, which covers Auburn-Gresham and Chatham on the South Side, has only declined from 4,178 to 2,792 incidents in the same period.
Chicago Justice Project Executive Director Tracy Siska contacted us with this statement: “I think your article mischaracterizes our position on the issue. We do say that we think there is probably a need for some redeployment through an analysis of population and crime shifts but we do not say anything specifically merging the 19th and 23rd districts.”