Wednesday, January 9, 2013
CAPS Gets Rebooted, Restaffed & Personalized
Calling community policing done right a “force multiplier,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy tried Tuesday to breathe new life into Chicago’s once-vibrant but now stagnant CAPS program. The plan to move 50 community policing employees from police headquarters to districts and place the entire program in the hands of Chief of Patrol Joe Patterson follows through on promises made in the mayor’s 2013 budget address.
In addition to a CAPS Sergeant, each police district will get "two police officers along with a community organizer and access to a youth service provider and area coordinator." In addition, the commander for each district will personalize the CAPS program to fit what he or she feels is best for the particular area.
Former 20th District Commander Lucy Moy is now one of the officers overseeing the CAPS program.
Read more in the Sun-Times and see a video and article on Chicago Tonight.
Next CAPS meeting is tonight for Beat1914 (lakefront to Broadway, Montrose to Lawrence), at the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, 7pm.