WATCH LIVE | Chicago public safety leaders prepare for the holiday weekend




CHICAGO — Ahead of the unofficial end to summer, and a holiday weekend of mostly great weather, leaders of the city’s various public safety organizations are coming together to explain how they are preparing for expected crowds downtown and along the lakefront.

Chicago’s police department, fire department, office of emergency management and communications, and park district leaders will join the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan commander at North Avenue Beach at 11 a.m. to go over how each of their organizations will focus on public safety this weekend.

This type of briefing is a common occurrence preceding major holidays and large events. During last year’s Labor Day Weekend safety press conference, Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent David Brown stated his department would be working with community outreach partners, elected officials, and other groups to curb violence during the extended weekend. Another 2021 strategy was to focus on parks where large gatherings are likely, although each district had a strategic approach in policing the areas they felt were in the most need.

As to the question of canceled days off or extended hours for CPD officers due to the holiday weekend, Brown did neither for last year’s holiday.

The press conference will be livestreamed in its entirety through this story beginning at approximately 11 a.m.

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