CAPS (Community Alternative Policing Strategies)
What Is CAPS?
The partnership between police and community is the foundation of Chicago's own philosophy of community policing, known as CAPS - the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. CAPS brings the police, the community, and other City agencies together to identify and solve neighborhood crime problems, rather than simply react to their symptoms 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 community; more efficient use of City services that impact crime; and new technology to help police and residents target crime hot spots.
CAPS has bi-monthly community meetings where residents have the opportunity to talk to the officers who patrol their neighborhood. Residents are encouraged to bring questions or concerns regarding safety, quality of life issues and City services.
The 44th Ward is served by the 19th District (bounded by Lawrence, Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton, and the Chicago River). Each police district is divided in beats, and each beat has a team of beat officers assigned to it. Police representatives from these teams and local community leaders conduct the CAPS meetings.
For more information on CAPS, visit the Chicago Police Department's webpage, How CAPS Works.
19th District Beat Meetings in the 44th Ward - 2016
3rd Wednesday of odd months - Police Auditorium, 2452 W. Belmont
Beats 1923, 1924, and 1925
1st Wednesday of even months - 19th District Station, 850 W. Addison
2nd Tuesday of odd months - Illinois Masonic Hospital, 836 W. Wellington
Beats 1934 and 1935
2nd Monday of even months -2nd Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry
Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. for Beats 1933, 1934 and 1935. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. for Beats 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1925. Call 19th District Community Policing Office at (312) 744-0064 to verify dates/times/locations.