There are a number of opportunities to engage LIVE with those who protect and serve the public safety of our neighborhood and lend your presence to the discussion.
Below is a description of each opportunity, event details, and meeting summaries/minutes.
18th District CAPS BEAT Meetings
In order to stay informed about emerging crime and disorder issues, you should try to attend your District CAPS BEAT meeting on a regular basis. District 18 is divided into 12 beats. These beats are split into 4 different BEAT Meetings which are held every other month (ODD months in 2017).
See the attached to learn when/where your BEAT meeting is held. BEAT Meetings 2017
At the meeting, residents and beat officers discuss priority crime and disorder issues, as well as develop strategies to address those issues.
Attending your beat meeting will give you the opportunity to get to know the officers that work on your beat, provide information about your and your neighbors concerns to police, meet other residents in your beat who may be working on similar issues, and bring back the latest information from police to your neighbors.
This meeting can best be described as a 'working meeting.' If you have an issue you'd like to discuss, you can ask the presenting CAPS officer to add your issue to 'New Business' or you can have a member of the Public Safety Committee represent your concern (with or without your presence). In either case, feel free to contact the PSC at publicsafety@RNRAchicago.org ahead of the BEAT meeting so we can ensure we fully understand your issue and, if determined the BEAT meeting is the best place to discuss, ensure it is on the upcoming agenda.
Latest Meeting Summary: CAPS Meeting 3217
18th District Coffee with the Commander Meet & Greet
Looking to meet the 18th District Commander and his staff in a more informal setting? Attend the 18th District 18 Coffee with the Commander Meet & Greet!
18th District Coffee with the Commander is held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 9:30AM at Eva's Cafe (1447 N. Sedgwick).
Latest Meeting Summary:
RNRA Public Safety Committee Meetings
The RNRA Public Safety Committee meets regularly to discuss key River North public safety initiatives as well as to prepare for upcoming District 18 meetings.
Public Safety Committee meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every other month opposite the 18th District CAPS BEAT meetings (Feb/Apr/Jun/Aug/Oct/Dec) at 6:30PM. We rotate the locations of these meetings.
Like most committee meetings, the objective of these meetings is to review the committee objectives and initiatives and report progress made against them. Often times, we have 18th District police representation at the meeting so we can ensure we have the latest updates on active issues and continue to partner on on-going issues.
We specifically scheduled our PSC meetings on the month opposite the 18th District CAPS BEAT meetings (EVEN months in 2017) so we can:
- Debrief the committee about the previous BEAT meeting, and
- Prepare for the upcoming BEAT meeting
This meeting is best described as a 'working meeting.' If you have an issue you'd like to discuss, please contact the PSC at publicsafety@RNRAchicago.org so we can fully understand your issue and ensure you are either put onto the agenda or assigned a committee member with whom you can discuss privately.
Latest Meeting Minutes: February 22, 2017
Looking for other ways to get involved? Consider one of the following:
Become a Court Advocate
Successful partnerships with the community don’t stop when an arrest is made. Victims, and your community, need your support in court. Many times, the community is the victim of the crime and by attending court hearings you can be an advocate for your community.
Being a part of the judicial process can also be a daunting experience. Victims and witnesses are sometimes intimidated by the process and the defendant. Court Advocates provide the necessary brace that some victims and witnesses need to continue with their case and testimony. By attending court, Advocates send a strong message to the defendant and the judicial system that they are interested in their community, its problems, possible solutions and will not accept things as the once were.
Volunteers can also deliver community impact statements in narcotics conspiracy cases, demonstrating the devastating impact that narcotics sales have on the entire community; in Illinois, this option can also be exercised in felony prostitution cases.
More information on the program including how to get involved can be found here.
A number of subcommittees and programs exist in each police district. Learn more about how you can help the CPD address the needs of these special populations: