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Chicago’s top cop to speak at SXU on Feb. 19

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks Oct. 31 2013 Chicago Ald. James Cappleman (46th).  |  Fran Spielman~Sun-Times Media

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks on Oct. 31, 2013, to Chicago Ald. James Cappleman (46th). | Fran Spielman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 2, 2014 6:03AM



Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has rescheduled his talk at the 2013 Breakfast with the Experts event for Feb. 19 at St. Xavier University.

The event, jointly sponsored by St. Xavier and the Beverly Area Planning Association, will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a networking breakfast, followed by the 8 a.m. keynote address in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Registration is $15 for the public and $10 for BAPA members. Space is limited and reservations are required.

McCarthy will address Chicago’s crime statistics and the strategies he has implemented since taking the helm as Chicago’s top cop.

McCarthy’s father was a New York City detective and his mother was a nurse. He became a cop in 1981, and by 1997 had risen through the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant, captain and to the deputy commissioner of operations, the principal crime strategist for the entire department.

During his seven years in that position, New York saw a significant decline in the homicide rate. That steady decline culminated in 2005 with its lowest murder rate since 1963, according to a news release from St. Xavier.

When he worked as the chief of police in Newark, N.J. in 2006, Newark’s murder rate fell by more than 9 percent in his first year on the job.

In Chicago he introduced a new crime-fighting tool — a program called “Walking the Beat” — to help combat crime and round out car patrols. Foot patrols have become a part of the department’s regular duties.

McCarthy emphasizes the integral relationship between the community and beat officers to work together to report, solve and prevent crimes.

SXU’s Breakfast with the Experts speaker series brings notable business, community and civic leaders together to share insights, experience and industry knowledge with area business people.

To suggest a speaker or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call (773) 298-3748 or email specialevents@sxu.edu.

For reservations, register online at www.bapa.org or call (773) 233-3100.

Staff report



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