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updated: 4/7/2014 8:38 AM

Victims' families help train Chicago police

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Chicago Police detectives are learning lessons from the families of homicide victims.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that all detectives, whether they handle burglaries, sex crimes or homicides, are hearing from people like Joy McCormack -- whose 21-year-old son was shot and killed at a party in 2009.

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The police say presentations from McCormack and other victims' loved ones are part of a comprehensive training program. It was launched in October at the department's police academy. Ultimately nearly 1,000 detectives will complete the training.

Other aspects of the program include the use of facial recognition technology. Officers are also learning how social media can be used to help detectives capture criminals.

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