From helping to take down gangster Al Capone, creating the first Public Enemies List that was later used as the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted, to publishing the Gang Book as a comprehensive guide to combating and understanding violent street gangs, the Chicago Crime Commission has been committed to addressing public corruption and violent crime. The Commission also maintains one of the oldest and most extensive historical archives on Twentieth and Twenty-First century organized crime. Today, the CCC continues to partner with local and federal law enforcement to benefit all Chicogoans on behalf of the business community. The hotline allows Chicagoland residents to call any day, any time and provide information regarding crime in their communities. The Gang Book is used as a tool to assist law enforcement, educators, and community justice partners in combating and understanding gangs. The Gang Book is distributed to every law enforcement agency in the city and state, as well as to schools, and is designed to prosecute, address, and reduce gang violence. It includes detailed gang profiles and maps, an explanation of the role of social media in gang interactions, information regarding suburban gang activity, an outline of the intersection between gangs and trafficking of guns and drugs, and a compilation of resources for parents and communities.
Some highlights from newly updated law enforcement gang intelligence and block-by-block turf maps provided exclusively to The Associated Press in advance of their release Tuesday by the Chicago Crime Commission in a Gang Book. That last Gang Book, which is used as a guide for regional police, was published in Chicago has 59 active street gangs, with more than 2, semi-autonomous factions. Police estimate , gang members are in the city. Thousands of purported members aren't active, and many people may be wrongly assumed to be in gangs simply because of where they live.
The Chicago Crime Commission is an independent, non-partisan civic watchdog organization of business leaders dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of organized criminal activity, especially organized crime , street gangs and the tools of their trade: drugs , guns , public corruption , money laundering , identity theft and gambling , founded in The police , the judicial system , politicians , prosecutors and citizens rely on the Chicago Crime Commission to provide advice on crime issues and to communicate vital information to the public. Founded just before Prohibition in the Roaring '20s , local businessmen formed the Chicago Crime Commission to address the lawlessness prevalent in Chicago during the time. The businessmen who founded the crime commission did not think of themselves as a reform organization but saw crime as business work to which they applied business methods. The backlog of murder cases awaiting trial was reduced, [ citation needed ] while the public corruption and organized criminal activities of the Chicago Outfit were exposed. Today, the Commission's primary role is to ensure that business, government and law enforcement work together to address problems caused by organized criminal enterprises by:.