Record #: O2022-1890   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 6/22/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Establishment of Office of Neighborhood Safety and Office of Neighborhood Safety Advisory Commission
Sponsors: Sawyer, Roderick T., Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Hairston, Leslie A., Taylor, Jeanette B. , Osterman, Harry, Dowell, Pat
Attachments: 1. O2022-1890.pdf, 2. O2022-1890 (W33) Principal Sponsor.pdf
Related files: R2023-766

Currently, Chicago has an Office of Violence Prevention. For years, community members have advocated for this office to be established through an ordinance. The goal of the ordinance is to create community accountability, long-term and sustainable solutions, give the office grant-making power, and assurance that this office is not subject to be dissolved due to political priorities. #FundPeaceChicago

Ordinance to Create the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Related Violence Reduction Measures

Whereas, the City Council of Chicago finds that extreme, concentrated gun violence is traumatizing entire neighborhoods in the City of Chicago with murders and shootings causing widespread fear, family disruption, mental health issues, lack of private investment and jobs, and reduced educational attainment; and

Whereas the City Council further finds that it is necessary to promote peace by targeting the Chicago community areas that are disproportionately affected by extreme rates of gun violence with a comprehensive system of public safety measures, public health measures, violence interruption measures, and holistic measures to reduce harm to families and individuals.

Now, therefore, the Council adopts the following ordinance.

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Section XX-1. Definitions
The'following terms wherever used in this Chapter shall have the following meanings: XX:
Section XX-2. Establishment of the Office of Neighborhood Safety
There is hereby established a city department to be known as the Office of Neighborhood Safety to coordinate and implement a comprehensive city-wide strategy to address gun violence. The office shall coordinate with the Office of Neighborhood Safety Advisory Commission the execution of its duties and responsibilities.
The department shall be led by the Commissioner of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and shall include, at a minimum, the following paid employees in addition to the Commissioner:

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