What changes, if any, would you suggest for the CAPS program?

Criminal Justice Reform

No response provided.

As alderman I would stay involved with local police issues, have representatives at CAPS
meetings and at community meetings.

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More civic engagement, more engagement from the alderman office as well.

Great program, but there is a need for more efforts toward recruiting and attendance
building prior to a major negative crime event.

Just encourage and motivate more folks from the community to be engaged. Including younger

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I attend CAPS meetings and programs and I think they are adequate.

The CAPS Program has some mending to do in my view. They have to support its volunteers and
be more respectful towards them. They want these people to be witnesses and tell them what is
happening in the community but do not provide any protection of support. I have great
reservations for this program that I could explain at a later date.

I personally participate in CAPS. I think additional funding in promoting and highlighting what CAPS can do for a neighborhood is a good place to start. We have very active CAPS groups, but I think we could reach out to new people to get them involved. Nearly every month, I meet with public safety officials and business owners to help make
Devon Avenue safer for them and their customers. I take this and other opportunities to bring our police and our residents together for proactive meetings and I look at this as an effort to go beyond what CAPS offers.

No. Increased male
mentoring and corporate partnerships with CPS for high school credit instead of pay. Stop
the bleeding before the fifth and sixth grades. Build community centers where needed
with leveraged funds from the state, city, corporations

CAPS works well in my ward.
My concern is more that “changes” may mean consolidating, downsizing or eliminating
the program altogether.

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The City should investigate the roll-out of “virtual” block clubs, allowing neighbors to alert others as to issues electronically.

The CAPS program has been a model for other large Police Departments around the
country if not for budget concerns it could possibly be more effective by having satellite
offices and officers posted throughout the city to make their services more accessible.

Actually increase the number of personal who are assigned to the program. Develop strategies that have
strategic outcomes at the end of the program

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Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Actual community involvement and updated computer systems. There is also no
consistency between districts. Some have beat facilitators, while others focus only on sectors. Facilitators are not reviewed or held accountable due to the lack of staffing time, CAPS usually does not have any neighborhood promotion or momentum if the facilitator is not active. There is not election for these roles, they are appointments for life. CAPS does not want to engage using social media, which means there are any number of ways to engaged the public being ignored as not useful. In many ways CAPS is stuck in the past, and has no immediate oversight into working effectively with a clear city-wide plan.

I would strengthen the gutted C.A.P.S program and have meetings every month again
instead of just once a month. The community needs an effective way C.A.P.S program
to build a continuous working relationship with the police officers that serve their

Staff must have more accountability in working with their districts.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

The CAPS program in my community is generally a successful program. I encourage my residents to get involved but I would like to see more outreach from the police department promoting the program and encouraging participation.

No response provided

90. I have no suggested changes for the CAPS program at this time.

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

As Alderman, I will work to increase CAPS participation, and ensure that I or a staff member attend each meeting in my ward. I will also advocate for true community policing with dedicated police officers that work their beat day in and day out.

I would focus on having CAPS
involved in the schools and conducting monthly meetings at the police district so that the
constituents may develop rapport and familiarity with community policing and the procedures of
the emergency services.

NO.We need resources, better planning and real community policing strategy. Today, communities of
color don’t always see police as friends.

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Consider participating in block club and / or other community organization meetings.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

The CAPs program could provide more information to communities. The meetings once per
month are not proving to be the best way to disseminate information. CAPs could establish an
email list by police district to share information much more quickly than waiting for the older
information provided once per month. There is a likelihood that if email alerts are shared
immediately when police are seeking assistance, a response may be forthcoming.
• Consider serving Food and Beverages at quarterly meetings. (Food Attracts People)
• Incentivizes the program my providing gifts for residents that attend meetings regularly. (IE
address numbers for garages, etc donated by a corporation.)
Both of the above ideas increase costs but may worth a try.

Go back to the regular monthly
meeting instead of every two months. Also stop combining two Beats into one. The rank and file
should attend meetings more often and not only police officers

CAPS suffers from a lack of public participation, and correcting that problem is the key to
improving CAPS’s efficacy. Doing so will involve making sure CAPS is focused on the right
issues, and also on building trust with the community. Residents need to be confident that
speaking out at CAPS meetings will not expose them.

CAPS has been reduced and inadequately funded since its initial inception. As a result, there has been an increase in mistrust in the police department by the community and a lack community involvement from the levels previously experienced. I would begin by refunding the program to assist in the reduction of crime.

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CAPS is suppose to be the
community and the police department collectively coming together to problem solving, I have
been to CAPS meetings where certain groups and classes of people were single out for no
reason other than they were poor or lived in subsidized housing. I have also attended CAPS
meetings where the perpetrator was sitting in the CAPPS meeting so they can take back what the
plan or action would be. More residents than not in my ward do not attend CAPP’s meetings
because they are singled out.

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council


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This program needs to continue to work with both neighborhood organizations and the Alderman’s office to get people engaged and involved in our neighborhood. More direct engagement with our beat officers will allow our citizens to partner with the police in a more open and collaborative way. This will significantly reduce th amount of crime prevalent in our neighborhood

I am a firm believer in
community policing and was the leading City Council advocate for its implementation in Chicago
nearly 20 years ago. Thanks to the efforts of my office and a coalition of community organizations,
the 24th District was named as a site for one of the city’s first community policing pilot projects. As
a result, the 24th District today boasted one of the most successful community policing initiatives
in the city.

As alderman I would stay involved with local police issues, have representatives at CAPS
meetings and at community meetings

The CAPS program needs to be reimagined as a true community policing and community
building effort. CAPS meetings should be just one element of this approach. CAPS would
benefit from adopting a community organizing model that seeks to identify and build around
community leaders who can work with neighbors to change the culture of their block or
community with respect to violent crime.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

More officer interaction with
the community, the officers would lnow the people in its community. My mother who was a
police officer for over 30 years knew every kid on the block and their parents. If she had to
bring you hone and the parent was not there, you had to be picked up from the station
without charges of course