Rogers Park is served by the 24th Police District, under the leadership of Commander Roberto Nieves. This district also encompasses portions of Edgewater and West Ridge, from Peterson/Thorndale north to the city limits, Lake Michigan to the North Shore Channel. Alderman Moore’s office works closely with the 24th District, and often partners for public safety and community activities.
24th District Police Station
6464 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60626
Main phone: 312.744.5907
CAPS office: 312.744.6321
Known in Chicago as the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), community policing is a problem-solving approach to fighting crime that emphasizes forming partnerships with neighborhood residents to address safety and quality of life issues. Alderman Moore was a strong proponent of bringing community policing to Chicago and led the successful campaign more than 20 years ago to name the 24th District, which encompasses the 49th Ward and Rogers Park, as the City’s first community policing pilot district.
We are fortunate to have a robust CAPS program, headed up by CAPS Sergeant Shawn Sisk. Along with a team of dedicated CAPS officers and a host of exceptional civilian volunteer beat facilitators, community members are invited to attend monthly meetings to discuss ongoing concerns and develop strategies to combat those concerns. Police officers attend all CAPS meetings. For complete information of upcoming CAPS activities, please visit the 24th District’s Events Calendar
The CAPS office is housed within the 24th Police District at 6464 N Clark and may be reached by phone or email:
See below for information on beat meetings and other CAPS initiatives.
Beat 2411 (Ridge-North Shore Channel, Howard-Pratt)
Beat Facilitators: Richard Concaildi and Morrine Sweer
Meeting day and time: 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 pm, Rogers Elementary School Library
Beat 2422 (Jarvis-city limit, the lake-Clark)
Beat Facilitator: Toni Duncan
Meeting day and time: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Willye White Park field house, 1610 W Howard
Beat 2423 (Lunt-Jarvis, the lake-Clark)
Beat Facilitators: Tony Iniquez and Herb Foss
Meeting day and time: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Touhy Park field house, 7348 N Paulina
Beat 2424 (Pratt-Howard, Clark-Ridge)
Beat Facilitators: Mike Larosa
Meeting day and time: 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N Rogers
Beat 2431 (Lunt-Pratt, the lake-Clark)
Beat Facilitator: Kang Chiu
Meeting day and time: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm, St. Jerome’s Parish Center, 1709 W Lunt
Beat 2432 (Pratt-Devon, the lake-Ridge)
Beat Facilitators: Pat Kenny and Chris Mitchell
Meeting day and time: 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, 24th District Station, 6464 N Clark
It is important to call 911 any time a physical police response is necessary. Calling 911 is also a useful tool to create an official record of a situation. This is why the 24th District urges you to call 911, even if you know the illegal activity will have stopped by the time officers can respond.
The City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) manages the 911 call center. Once you provide information to civilian call-takers, dispatchers triage the calls in order of urgency, first sending out the immediate emergencies (person with a gun, for example). The law requires all calls to 911 to be dispatched, and officers must respond to all dispatched calls.
There may be sensitive situations where a caller would prefer to protect their identity when calling 911. Silent dispatch sends calls directly to a beat car’s computers, rather than broadcasting information to a unit’s radios, thus preventing people with police scanning phone apps from learning information contained in a call.
This method might be preferred when making calls pertaining to narcotics sales, for example, so that individuals are not alerted that the police have been called. You can also use this technique if you wish to receive a call from responding officers without publicly broadcasting your name and phone number.
Request to speak with an OEMC supervisor
If you ever have a situation where you feel a 911 operator behaved inappropriately, or you are unhappy with 911 services, such as speed of dispatch, you can escalate your concern by asking to speak with their supervisor at OEMC. If you do not feel comfortable asking the operator to transfer you, or if you wish to address an incident from a previous call, simply call back. All calls to 911 are recorded, so a supervisor has the ability to review the interaction.
Request to see a police sergeant
Similarly, if you have a complaint about a beat officer, whether in response to your call to 911 or in the course of completing their duties, you may request to speak with a police sergeant. To do so, call 911 and explain what has happened. Provide the OEMC operator with your contact information, and let them know that you would like to speak with a sergeant. When possible, make note of the police officer’s badge number or beat car number.
Whether you realize it or not, you have participated in positive loitering. Simply put, positive loitering is accomplished any time ordinary residents take a walk to the grocery store, stop to chat with a neighbor, or create chalk drawings on the sidewalk with their kids. These daily activities, in addition to more formal positive loitering events, help send the message that we value our community and have a stake in creating a safe place for those who live here.
There are several groups, oftentimes affiliated with Community Policing beats, who organize neighborhood walks in specific areas. One of the most prolific is the appropriately named Rogers Park Positive Loitering. While RPPL concentrates its activities in the Farwell/Ashland area, they will also coordinate walks in other areas when asked. CAPS Beat 2422(north of Howard) maintains a community email list and will organize walks and neighborhood potlucks from time to time, as does Network 2424 (affiliated with CAPS Beat 2424, located between Clark & Ridge).
From time to time, our office receives complaints of illegal activity taking place in residential buildings. Constituents are encouraged to call 911 to report this activity, and then follow up with a call to our office. We work closely with building owners, property managers, and the 24th Police District to help support landlords as they implement management best practices and make sure illegal activity stops.
There are some unusual circumstances where landlords cannot or will not take steps to stop illegal activity at their properties. In these cases, we rely on the Drug and Gang House Ordinance (MCC § 8-4-90), which holds building owners responsible for illegal activity involving drug trafficking, gambling, prostitution, possession & use of dangerous weapons, and gang activity taking place on their property, and establishes prosecution of such public nuisances through the Drug and Gang House Enforcement Section (DGHES).
DGHES cases are a partnership between the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings and Department of Law.
- In order for a property to qualify for DGHES, there must be a significant number of community complaints, in addition to either a felony arrest on the property or two misdemeanor arrests over 6 months. Problem buildings are identified based on resident complaints to the 24th District CAPS office, records of calls for service to 911, comments from the Alderman’s office, and reports from officers.
- Buildings are submitted to the City’s Department of Law, which reviews the evidence and determines if the properties meet the criteria for DGHES enforcement. Properties will be referred as either a “target” or “non-target” case, depending on the extent of the criminal activity.
- Building owners are sent official notice, and are informed that they must provide appropriate abatement measures within 30 days of receipt. In this period, they are invited to meet with the 24th District and Alderman’s office to discuss appropriate steps.
- If the building owner does not take steps to stop the illegal activity within 30 days, a Department of Buildings task force team, consisting of conservation (general building), electrical, and plumbing inspectors, conducts a thorough inspection of all elements of the property. Code violations for target cases are heard in Cook County circuit court; non-target cases are heard in City Administrative Hearings.
- In court, a judge will require that building owners become compliant for all building code violations, in addition to taking steps to eliminate illegal activity. Judges may require an owner hire a security company, enhance lighting/buzzer systems/security camera systems, evict tenants engaged in illegal activity, or attend landlord training classes or CAPS meetings. Failure to comply can result in fines, the appointment of a receiver to the property, or in extreme cases, forfeiture of the property to the City.
24th District Police Commander Roberto Nieves will be the first to tell you that one incidence of gun violence in a community is too many, and that we aren’t going to stop public violence by simply arresting our way out. We are fortunate to have two programs in the 24th District aimed at reducing gun crimes through prevention. Both fall under method of policing called the Gang Violence Reduction Strategy, a tactic introduced by former Superintendent Garry McCarthy in 2013.
While previous techniques targeted specific geographic locations (districts could designate an area as a “crime hot spot”), flooding an area with police resources in the wake of a crime, this additional measure also examines a gang’s social network to isolate so-called “hot people,” with the hope of deterring violent crime by focusing on those most likely to be either the victim or perpetrator of gun violence. The theory, based on empirical data, articulates that the vast majority of violent crime is committed by a relatively small number of individuals, typically high-rate repeat offenders. In partnership with the New York-based John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a relatively new procedure for custom notifications and gang call-ins have proven effective in providing much-needed social services to those most prone to violence in Rogers Park, with the goal of stopping a life of crime.
In partnership with the New York-based John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Chicago Police Department has been able to create an algorithm that identifies individual gang members most likely to engage in gun violence.
Once an individual has been identified, CPD and community leaders visit the gang member’s home to provide custom notification. Commander Nieves presents the individual and any family members present with a letter from the Superintendent, detailing all prior criminal activity. Local social service providers then offer necessary services- from GED classes and job readiness training to housing services and food assistance. Individuals are informed that they, their families, and any gang associates will have immediate access to these services, on the condition that they cease participating in public violence. If a custom notified individual is later arrested for a violent crime, they will be penalized with the most stringent consequences possible, including high bonds and maximum sentences.
Another method aimed at reducing violence is gang call-ins. Police meet with known gang members on parole or probation to warn against future violence and retaliation, or they will face greater penalties.