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Chicago Police superintendent says historically tense relationship with residents improving

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CHICAGO — Chicago's police superintendent says steps taken to lessen tensions between the community and law enforcement have helped prevent riots that have plagued cities like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy spoke Wednesday to a Chicago civic group, saying he's put more officers on beat patrols that allow them to get to know residents better. He says the patrols build trust between the department and the community.

McCarthy also says a steady drop in officer-involved shootings in Chicago during recent years suggests officers are getting better at diffusing tense situations.

He also says a key reason why the rate crimes have been solved at rose 19 percent in two years is because residents trust police more and cooperate with them.

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