Police Bring in 150 Officers to Crack Down on Prostitution, Graffiti

By Benjamin Woodard on October 25, 2012 2:24pm | Updated on October 26, 2012 9:39am

WEST RIDGE — For the second time in three months, police brought in extra officers to help in a prostitution sting and make other arrests in a Far North Side community, authorities said.

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) said 150 officers from the Cook County Sheriff's Office "checked in on parolees, served criminal warrants, removed graffiti and made arrests for solicitation of prostitution."

The total number of arrests was not immediately available.

Silverstein said the operation began at 3 a.m. Wednesday and continued into early afternoon.

"The sheriff’s office is committed to being out here and to help us in the 50th Ward," she said.

At the end of October during a similar sting, police arrested 10 people on prostitution charges, while others were busted on firearm and drug possession charges.

During both operations, buses equipped with interrogation rooms were parked in front of the West Ridge Target to help process those arrested.

Officers from the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff's Office launched the operation in the 50th Ward with Sheriff Tom Dart and Rogers Park Cmdr. James Roussell, marking the second time the two entities coordinated a crackdown of its kind within the city.

"Cmdr. James Roussell and I meet regularly with business owners ... and I’m aware of issues that go on," Silverstein said after the first sting operation. "We want to keep our neighborhood safe and ... get some of the bad guys out of the ward."