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Chicago police team up with feds to fight rise in violent carjackings

FILE PHOTO - A Chicago police officer attends a news conference in Chicago

FILE PHOTO – A Chicago police officer attends a news conference announcing the department’s plan to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. on September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo

The Chicago Police Department is seeking help from the federal officials to help stop the recent rise in violent carjackings happening throughout the city.

Chicago authorities are holding a press conference on Sunday to announce the collaboration with federal officers, which includes agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to help assist with the planned crackdown.

Fox32 Chicago reports the city could also have a federal helicopter at its disposal to help track vehicles that have been reported carjacked.

The city of Chicago has seen a rise in violent carjackings in recent years, 700 carjackings were reported in 2016 and 950 were reported in 2017.

So far this year there have been 90 reported carjackings, Fox News reported, an average of three per day.

(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)

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