CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings are going to be monthly, Yay! So go if you can, meet our local police officers, learn what crimes are happening in our area and how to add more eyes and ears to our community. They need our help.

For East Ravenswood, which is in BEAT 1912 (covering Irving Park to Lawrence, Clark to Lincoln), our meetings will be held at CHASE PARK (4701 North Ashland Avenue) at 7pm on the following dates:

June 19
July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18

If you do not live in East Ravenswood, you can find the schedule by clicking here and contacting your district police office .

Below is from Alderman Brendan Reilly’s website, I think it gives a good understanding of CAPS and why it is important to attend meetings.

“CAPS is a partnership between police, community leaders, business owners and local residents and is the foundation of the City’s community policing philosophy. CAPS brings together the police, the community, and other city agencies to proactively identify and solve neighborhood crime problems, rather than simply reacting to problems after the fact. Problem solving at the neighborhood level is supported by a variety of strategies, including neighborhood-based beat officers; regular Beat Community Meetings involving police and residents; extensive training for both police and members of the community; more efficient use of city services that impact crime; and new technology to help police and residents target crime hot spots.

With CAPS, police officers continue to enforce the law and respond rapidly to serious crimes and life-threatening emergencies. But CAPS recognizes that the police alone cannot solve the city’s crime problems. It takes a combined effort of police, community, and City government working together.”

To understand more how CAPS works, please click here.


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