CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Police are hoping social media and smartphones will help them fight crime in the city - and stem the kind of bloodshed that marred the recent holiday weekend.
Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced a series of changes to the department's community policing program Monday. The new efforts let people anonymously send crime tips, along with videos and photos.
The city will also use Twitter to send real-time alerts and updates to residents in three neighborhoods.
Authorities say the project is aimed at fighting crime, but also will help police have a better idea of a situation when they respond.
Since last year, when the number of homicides in the city climbed past 500, Chicago has become a focus of the gun debate as it plays out nationally and in Illinois.