I support increased investment in community policing programs.
I strongly support community policing and creating any type of forum where community residents
can police can share their concerns. That said, believe that CAPS should be remodeled to
develop a stronger rapport with police and build trust between community and police. There are
evidence-based practices, such as Ceasefire, that build street-level intervention and prevent crime. I led a successful effort to fight to protect Ceasefire funding. I In addition, I developed the Community Support & Advisory Council (CSAC) program for the Illinois Department of Corrections Sheridan National Model Drug Prison & Reentry Program. The goal of the CSAC was to create a forum for community leaders, former offenders, victims,
education leaders, law enforcement officials and business leaders to address the record numbers
of offenders being released from prison. The goal of the program to improve public safety and
reduce the risk of former offenders by moving them away from crime and drugs and toward
honest work and employment. By establishing such a forum, the community can build trust and
communication with law enforcement and all partners in the community.
Additional outreach by civilian police staff, use of internet and regular use cable TV and local radio to more fully involve the public
I believe that the CAPS program needs to be reinvented. Currently the CAPS program is a
police-driven initiative and should be more driven by community efforts. I desire to have more
police visible on the beat on a regular basis while forging new strategic partnerships with neighbors and community-based organizations to promote crime prevention strategies. I will insist that the CAPS program be a tool to identify real problems and real solutions.
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