Join your neighbors, 24th District Police Commander Roberto Nieves, and me for one of our “National Night Out” community events TONIGHT (Tuesday, August 7th). This annual event celebrates the important role community residents play in partnership with the police in preventing and solving crimes.
The 24th District remains the most successful example of community policing in the City. At a time when other neighborhoods in our city suffer from high rates of gun violence, we continue to make tremendous progress in Rogers Park with no gun-related homicides so far this year in the 49th Ward and only one in the 24th District as a whole. This is due in no small measure to the unique partnership we’ve formed between community residents and the police.
We cannot rest on our laurels, however. We’ve known from past experience that violence can raise its ugly head any time. To further build on our important partnership, National Night Out events are taking place at three locations in the 24th District.
Below is a map of the 24th District that delineates each police beat, followed by a list of tonight’s events in Rogers Park:
National Night Out Community Events in 49th Ward Police Beats
Sector 1–Beat 2411 in the 49th Ward west of Ridge (red on map)
Time of Event: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Warren Park, 6601 N. Western
Organizers are hosting a free family picnic with games and other activities for kids.
Sector 2–Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424 (dark blue on map)
Time of Event: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers
Organizers are offering lots of free food from local businesses, and raffling off two bicycles and one scooter (including helmets). Other free giveaways will be provided.
Sector 3–Beats 2431 and 2432 in the 49th Ward (light blue on map)
Time of Event: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: 24th Police District Station Plaza, 6464 N. Clark
Organizers are offering free food and beverages, handouts for the kids, and prize drawings for the adults. Bicycle and pedestrian safety demonstrations also will be provided.
After you attend your National Night Out event, come to a free outdoor showing of the movie “Thrill Ride” at 8:30 p.m. at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).
Filmed partially in Rogers Park, including inside the Lost Eras antique and costume store, “Thrill Ride” tells the adventure of three children who sneak into an abandoned amusement park in search of Al Capone’s legendary hidden treasure. After the attractions come to life, the children must team up with a friendly sea witch to find a secret underground ride while taking on an evil mermaid, bloodthirsty pirates, a fire-breathing dragon and an armada of monsters.
Though the film showing is not an official part of the National Night Out celebration, it is emblematic of the community coming together, which is what National Night is all about.
I hope to see you at one of these fun, community-building events!