Chicago reshuffles CAPS cops, beats

By Molly Murray

Beat meetings will continue even as the 2013 budget restructures Chicago's Alternative Policing Strategy.

Wednesday will be our last beat meeting for the year and likely the last meeting prior to merger with the 12th District. The meeting begins at 7pm at the soon-to-close Wood Street station, 937 N. Wood St.

The East Village CAPS beat is being split into two new beats. Everyone west of Wood Street will be in beat 1212 and everyone east of Wood will be in 1213. Beat 1212 meets at St. Helen's School, 2437 W. Augusta Blvd., and 1213 meets at Noble Street & Augusta but the day and time of these meetings is still to be determined. I will likely continue as a co-facilitator to Beat 1213, which is Chicago to Ashland and Wood to the Chicago River.

The city budget eliminates the CAPS implementation office, which coordinates court advocacy. Its 50 jobs move to the local districts, and district commanders will be responsible for community policing. "The city’s CAPS program has as many people in the office downtown as in the districts they are supposed to serve," the city's budget overview states.

The change is still being discussed. I will send out more details once it has all been finalized.

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