I was both disappointed and embarrassed on Feb. 13 when only three of my Hyde Park neighbors (from beats 234 and 235) showed up to the month Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting.
Attendance had been down for the past several months, but I put that to an inconvenient location. That has changed. The location for beats 234 and 234 is now Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
These meetings are an opportunity for us to:
- Get informed about the crime in our neighborhood,
- Understand what the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is doing to address issues that affect us all,
- Provide input. That includes helping the CPD understand the issues you are observing and providing input on the initiatives and programs the CPD has in place, and
- Develop a relationship with the Officers who patrol our neighborhood.
Hyde Parkers seem to have no issue speaking their minds, but regularly attending meetings doesn’t seem to be of interest. It is important to participate regularly to develop the kind of relationships that help to facilitate productive interactions when things go badly. Further, if we only have contact with the police when things are going wrong, a productive relationship is very unlikely.
So I encourage you to devote some time and attend the meetings. Put them into your calendars. They are regularly scheduled and conveniently located (see date, time and address above), so there is really no reason not to devote a little time to an important effort. And even if you can’t make it every month, try to make it every other month or even every third month.
If you are not sure which Beat Meeting you should be attending, please you can either use this link, operations.chicagopolice.org/FindMyDistrict, or call the CAPS office at 312-747-8366.
Once again, please take the time to attend the CAPS Beat meetings. They are important.
The next CAPS meeting for Beat 233, covering the area between 51st and 55th streets and Cottage Grove and Woodlawn avenues, is Thursday, March 5, at the Washington Park fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Drive. The next CAPS meeting for Kenwood's Beat 222 is Tuesday, March 10, at the Kennicott Park fieldhouse, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.