Top cop leads off SXU’s breakfast speaker series
October 30, 2013 2:54PM
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:15AM
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy will kick off the 2013 “Breakfast with the Experts” speaker and networking series at St. Xavier University.
The event, jointly sponsored by the university and the Beverly Area Planning Association, begins at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 12 with a networking breakfast followed by the 8 a.m. keynote address in the Butler Reception Room 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. 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, according to a press release from St. Xavier. He became a New York City cop in 1981 and, by 1997, had risen through the ranks, going from a sergeant to lieutenant to captain to the deputy commissioner of operations, the principal crime strategist for the entire department, the release said.
During his seven years in that position, New York City saw a significant decline in the homicide rate, according to the release. That steady decline culminated in 2005 with the city’s lowest murder rate since 1963.
When McCarthy worked as the Newark police chief in 2006, Newark’s murder rate fell by more than 9 percent in his first year on the job, the release said.
In Chicago, he introduced a new crime-fighting program — “Walking the Beat” — to help combat crime and round out car patrols. Foot patrols now 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, the release said.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reservations, register online at www.bapa.org or call (773) 233-3100.