Starting this month the Chicago Police Department will no longer conduct monthly CAPS meetings.
“Chicago’s Alternative Policing Strategies” meetings, which emphasize face-to-face contact between the actual officers from each beat and local residents, have been moved to quarterly and bi-monthly schedules, depending on police district.
The changes are a result of a city-wide shift of officers from administrative to on-the-street duties.
Roscoe View Journal is in the 19th District, which will move to a quarterly schedule starting this month.
The next CAPS meeting for Beat 1931 (covering the area between Damen and Lincoln and Belmont and Fullerton) is on Thursday, March 3 at Hamlin Park (3035 N. Hoyne). It starts at 7 p.m. Future meetings will be on June 2, September 1 and December 1.
Beat 1913 covers a triangle-shaped area (Addison on the north, Damen on the east, with the Chicago River forming the hypotenuse). The next meeting is Wednesday, January 5, at the 19th District Station Auditorium (2452 W. Belmont Ave.) starting at 7 p.m. Future meetings will be April 6, June 6 and October 5.
The next meeting for Beat 1923 (covering the area between Damen and Clark and Berteau and Cornelia) is Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Lakeview High School (4015 N. Ashland) at 7 p.m. Future meetings will be on May 10, August 9 and November 8.
Beat 1924 (covering the area between Damen and Clark and Addison and Belmont) meets on Thursday, February 17 at The Resurrection Lutheran Church (1050 W. School). The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Future meetings will be May 19, August 18 and November 17.
We strongly suggest you attend your local CAPS meetings. You’ll always meet your local beat cops and it is not uncommon to meet a watch commander or even the district commander. And they usually hand out their phone numbers.