19th and 20th District Community Policing Programs Host Special Events and Beat Meetings in May

by Peter von Buol

For those interested in neighborhood safety, the Chicago Police Department’s Community Policing (CAPS) program remains a valuable resource for 47th Ward residents.

In addition to their regularly-scheduled beat meetings, the 19th District and the 20th District community relations offices are hosting four special events in May. Two are aimed specifically at seniors.

The 20th District’s community-relations office on May 4 will host a Cinco De Mayo Seniors’ Dance at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway. The free event will take place from 12:00-2:00 p.m. and will feature a live disc-jockey and dancing. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the district’s Community Relations Office at (312) 742-8770.

The 20th District on May 9 will also host its monthly Seniors Meeting in the 20th District’s Community Room, 5400 N. Lincoln Avenue, at 11:00 a.m., and will feature activities and informative talks specifically for the area’s seniors.

On May 17, the Chicago Police Department will offer two one-hour street-safety presentations for real-estate professionals. This event will also be held in the 20th District’s community room. Police officers will share their knowledge to help increase the personal level of safety for real-estate professionals. The first program will start at 9:00 in the morning and the second will start at 5:00 in the evening. Registration is free. For more information, contact the police department’s William Townsell at (312) 745-5900 or via email at william.townsell@chicagopolice.org.The 19th District will host its next Coffee with a Cop meeting at 2:00 p.m. on May 23 at the Starbuck’s at 3400 N. Southport. More informal than a beat meeting, Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity for area residents to have an informal conversation with district officers and to enjoy free coffee provided by Starbuck’s. For more details, contact the 19th District Community Policing Office at (312) 744-0064.

Two police districts serve the 47th Ward, the 19th District at 860 W. Addison St., and the 20th District at 5400 N. Lincoln Avenue. The 19th District serves those south of Lawrence Ave. and the 20th District serves those north of Lawrence Ave. Each police district is divided into beats. Beat officers are assigned to work a specific beat within their district. Seven police beats serve the 47th Ward. Four of the beats operate out of the CPD’s 19th District (Beats 1911, 1912, 1921 and 1922) and three of the beats operate out of the 20th District (Beats 2031, 2032 and 2033).

Ward residents are encouraged to attend the regular meetings hosted by the beat officers. In the 47th Wards, meetings are usually held about once every other month. To learn more about the CAPS program go to https://home.chicagopolice.org/get-involved-with-caps.

The 19th District’s Beats 1911 and 1912 will host a joint meeting on May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chicago Public Library’s Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue. Beats 1921 and 1922 (as well as Beat 1931) will participate in a meeting on May 16 at 7:00 p.m. to be held in the police auditorium of the Area North facility at 2452 W. Belmont Avenue. For more information, call the 19th District’s community-relations office at (312) 744-0064. Ward residents can also send an email to the 19th District CAPS program at CAPS.019District@chicagopolice.org.

This month, the 20th District’s Beat 2031 will host its next regularly scheduled beat meeting on May 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Swedish Covenant Hospital, 2751 W. Winona Street. The district’s Beat 2032 will host its next regularly scheduled meeting on May 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ravenswood Evangelical Church, 4900 N. Damen Avenue. For more information, contact the 20th District’s community relations office at (312)-742-8770 or send an email to the 20th District CAPS program at CAPS.020District@chicagopolice.org.

As temperatures continue to increase in the spring, the editors of the Crime in Wrigleyville/Boystown blog CWBChicago.com continue to warn residents that past experience has shown that criminal activity increases in warm weather. They stress the importance of always being aware of of one’s surroundings and encourage everyone to take preventative measures, such as locking house-doors and backyard gates. Criminals, they add, often seek out the easiest targets. An unlocked car-door, garage-door or front-door is an easy target.

As temperatures continue to increase, many residents will install room air-conditioners. While these appliances provide comfort, they can also leave residents less secure.

“Always exercise caution when you install a window air-conditioner [as these units can often be easily removed and leave you vulnerable to a burglar],” add the CWBChicago.com editors.

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