CAPS and Public Safety

We encourage all residents to attend your local CAPS Beat meeting where you can connect with the Chicago Police Department and your neighbors about public safety issues. See below for public safety tips and your local beat meeting information.

Here are some public safety tips for residents to keep in mind: 

  • Stay Alert and be aware of your surroundings
  • Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, never hesitate to call 9-1-1
  • Carry your keys in your hand or pocket so you are ready to enter your home upon arrival
  • Stay connected, join us for bi-monthly beat meetings to receive updates, up-to-date statistics, and converse with officers who patrol your neighborhood (information on beat meetings can be found below)”

HOW TO CALL 911

  • Be as descriptive as possible
  • Address: give the exact address if you know it
  • Description of the people involved; race, sex, age, approximate height, color of clothing; the more information, the better
  • Any weapon that can be seen
  • If you do not want your name given to responding police units, be sure to inform the call taker
  • Calls for service are dispatched based on priority basis. Any situation that requires immediate threat to life, bodily injury, or major property damage is priority 1; everything below that is either categorized as priority 2 and 3 and will be dispatched according to availability.

Never hesitate to call 911 if you see something suspicious or need to report an on-going crime. Keep in mind that as you are speaking to a 911 operator to give details about a serious situation, an available CPD car is being dispatched while the operator is speaking with you. If immediate action is not indicated, you can also anonymously submit a tip about a crime or suspicious activity. Click here for more information.

Find my District

If you have any additional questions or information, please call your local CAPS Office:
19th District CAPS Office: 312-744-0064 or Email CAPS019DISTRICT@chicagopolice.org

20th District CAPS Office: 312- 742-8714 or Email CAPS020District@chicagopolice.org

CAPS Meetings and Police Beats


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