Our ward works closely with the safety of our community. If you would like to be involved or stay well informed about the safety of the community. You, the community are welcomed to attend CAPS meetings that take place on a monthly basis. By being active and involved you are aiding in maintaining the safety of your neighborhood and community. We encourage you the community to go with friends, family and neighbors to these meetings to learn how you can helps us keep our ward safe.
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.
*To find your beat click on "Your Beat" Beat community meetings are a key part of the CAPS strategy of partnerships and problem solving. Topics include:
What Are Beat Meetings … And Why Are They Important?
Who Conducts Beat Meetings?
Always Have A Beat Meeting Agenda
Become An Informed Decision-Maker and Problem-Solver
Making The Meeting Space Conducive To Problem-Solving
PDF Document of “Getting the Most from Your Beat Meeting” pamphlet
Police Officers Involvement in CAPS
Under CAPS, a team of 8 to 9 beat officers is assigned to each of the City’s 277 police beats. Beat officers patrol the same beat on the same watch for at least a year. This allows beat officers to get to know the people on their beats, and community members to get to know their beat officers. Beat teams are fully equipped, motorized police units. They patrol primarily in their squad cars, but sometimes on foot as well. Beat officers respond to calls for police service on their beats, especially those calls that are of a non-emergency nature. This focus on beat integrity allows police and community to more closely monitor the problems on their beats, and to develop more effective solutions to those problems.
Rapid Response Officers
To support the work of the beat officers and to ensure that emergency calls for service are answered promptly, teams of rapid response officers have been created in all 25 police districts. Rapid response officers -- Handle many of the emergency calls for service on their sectors (a grouping of 3 to 5 beats). Provide backup for beat officers when they are attending community beat meetings or working with the community in other ways. The presence of rapid response officers helps beat officers to stay on their beats, maintaining a strong police presence and addressing the community’s priority crime problems. Plainclothes tactical and gang officers assigned to each police district also support the work of beat officers by focusing on solving crimes and apprehending offenders.
Support from other agencies
Graffiti, abandoned vehicles, abandoned buildings, malfunctioning street lights, and other signs of neighborhood disorder can all affect the level of crime in a community. Recognizing this fact, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has made CAPS a priority of all City agencies, not just the Police Department. A new, more efficient system for accessing City services that impact crime and public safety have been established in all 25 police districts. The City Service Request process allows police officers to address relatively minor problems and conditions before they grow into more serious crime problems. The process is initiated by identifying those conditions that can cause crime. Police officers enter service requests into the City’s 311 work order system, also known as CSR (City Service Request). The system automatically routes the request to the appropriate City department for investigation and action. Community members are key to the success of this aspect of community policing. By identifying the signs of neighborhood disorder and reporting them at your beat meeting, officers will be able to enter the requests into the system and alert the beat officers to other, more potentially criminal behavior taking place at that location. For routine requests not related to crime or public safety, you may call 311 or your local alderman’s office, or simply enter the information into the 311 system using the internet. In addition to City agencies, other service providers–from other levels of government and the private and non?profit sectors–are also being encouraged to get involved in solving neighborhood crime problems under CAPS. You can also report service needs on-line on the City of Chicago’s website.