Below is 24th District Police Commander Thomas Waldera’s latest report on the activities and accomplishments of his 24th District police officers:
Devon Avenue Homicide
As I reported earlier this month, two suspects from the July 12th homicide on Devon Avenue were arrested in Wisconsin, including the alleged shooter. The two were extradited back to Chicago last week and formally charged with murder and attempted murder. They join a third suspect who was arrested shortly after the shooting. He also has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
All three remain in Cook County Jail on No Bond Warrants.
Residential Burglary Charges
Two offenders are in custody after a witness identified them as the persons he saw go through an open window to a ground floor apartment. The victim identified the proceeds as her missing belongings. One of the offenders is on parole for Robbery.
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Officers made an arrest after viewing a suspicious hand-to-hand transaction between two individuals. The officers found narcotics in the offender’s possession. The transaction occurred on Chicago Public School property, making the offender liable for increased penalities.
Criminal Damage to Property
Officers responding to a call of criminal damage to property found two suspected offenders in a nearby park. They were identified as the individuals who spray painted inside the victim’s building.
Several known gang members were given a dispersal order to vacate an area known for high gang activity. One individual returned shortly after the dispersal order was given and therefore was arrested for violating the Gang Loitering Ordinance. The offender is an admitted gang member.
Officers responded to a call of a gang disturbance where several offenders were harassing pedestrians, causing them to walk in the street to avoid conflict. The offenders fled to the street, causing cars to swerve, placing both the subjects and drivers in danger. Seven admitted gang members were arrested and charged with reckless conduct.
A man is in custody after a victim identified him as the person who snatched his cell phone from his hand and fled on foot. Officers toured the area with the victim until finding the offender. The offender was in possession of the victim’s phone along with another stolen cell phone and stolen backpack. A name check of the offender revealed he was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
Theft – Control of Stolen Property
A victim of a cell phone robbery flagged down officers from the 24th District Burglary/Robbery team. The officers toured the area with the victim and were able to locate the offender. A further investigation revealed the offender had given the victim’s phone to a friend. The phone was returned to the victim and the offender was charged with theft and control of stolen property.
Hit and Run Crash
An offender was involved in a hit and run crash. The officers located the offender and placed him under arrest. Felony charges were approved.
Officers arrested two offenders after they were seen exiting a vehicle with stolen property. The victim was located and signed complaints. Further investigation revealed more stolen proceeds from another vehicle. The officers were able to locate and notify this victim as well.
Burglary – Possession of Burglary Tools
Officers observed two offenders riding bicycles while pushing two more bicycles along the way. Further investigation revealed the pushed bicycles to be stolen. Officers found small and large bolt cutters in the one of the offender’s backpack. Both offenders were arrested and charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Criminal Trespass to Vehicles
Officers observed a vehicle with no license plate and decided to investigate further. A run of the VIN confirmed the vehicle was reported stolen. The driver was arrested and charged.
Distracted driver citations (driving while using a cell phone):
Last 7 days: 36; Year to date: 2.023
Park District enforcement citations (drinking in park, in park after closing)
Last 28 days: 19; Year to date: 409
Drinking on the public way citations
Last 28 days: 8; Year to date: 384
The 24th District’s Back to School Event took place on Saturday, August 16th. Officers handed out over 700 back packs filled with school supplies to Rogers Park youngsters. Representatives from Radio Disney, 7-Eleven, CPS, S&C Electric, The Big Rig, and Target were present and also made donations to the kids. A fun time was had by all.
The next Positive Loitering event is scheduled for Thursday, August 28th, 7:00 p.m., at the intersection of Morse and Glenwood.
Rogers Park Positive Loitering is a group of area residents, led by Rogers Park residents John Warner and John Versical, who gather together several evenings each month to stroll through the neighborhood or simply “loiter” on certain street corners. Their sole purpose is to deter crime by their positive presence on the street. Commander Waldera is convinced the group has had a very positive effect on deterring crime.
Back to School Picnic
State Senator Heather Steans and I will be sponsoring my 24th Annual 49th Ward Back to School Picnic on Sunday, August 24th, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. in Loyola Park (Farwell and the Lake). We’ll be reminding kids and parents of the importance of returning to school and giving away free school supplies and book bags. But this is also a COMMUNITY PICNIC for people of all ages. We’re serving up free food, drinks and music and offering a host of games and prizes. We’ll have bingo for the seniors and face painting for the kids, a dance contest, a jumping jack and other carnival toys.
Upcoming CAPS Meetings
CAPS stands for the Chicago Alternative Police Strategy, which is the Chicago Police Department’s transition to a Community Policing model, which focuses on building partnerships with community residents and working with them proactively to address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues, such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.
Police Districts in Chicago are divided into beats, small geographical areas to which “beat officers” are assigned. Originally, community residents met in monthly “beat meetings” with police officers who were assigned to their beats. Together the residents and the police would exchange information, prioritize public safety issues, and develop strategies to address those issues.
A few years ago, due to budgetary constraints, the beat meetings were replaced with monthly “sector meetings” (three beats combined). These larger meetings made it difficult for the police and the community to really focus on localized issues of concern.
Because of this difficulty, Commander Waldera announced recently that the 24th District would be returning to the smaller monthly beat meetings. Budgetary constraints, however, will allow the police officers to attend the beat meetings only every other month. On the months the police officers are unable to attend, the community will still meet under the leadership and direction of “Beat Facilitators” (community volunteers who serve as the liaisons between the community and the police department) to discuss public safety issues among themselves and prioritize concerns.
Below is a map of the 24th District that delineates each police beat, followed by a list of the upcoming 49th Ward beat meetings in September:
Beat 2422 (bound by Evanston on the north, Jarvis on the south, the lake on the east and Clark on the west). Beat Facilitator: Toni Duncan.
Date and time of meeting: Tuesday, September 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Marshfield)
Beat 2423 (bound by Jarvis on the north, Lunt on the south, the lake on the east and Clark on the west). Beat Facilitator: Tony Iniquez
Date and time of meeting: Monday, September 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Touhy Park Fieldhouse, 7348 N. Paulina (at Jarvis)
Beat 2424 (bound by Howard on the north, Pratt on the south, Clark on the east and Ridge on the west). Beat Facilitator: Bernard Garbo.
Date and time of meeting: Tuesday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (at Winchester)
Beat 2431 (bound by Lunt on the north, Pratt on the south, the lake on the east and Clark on the west). Beat Facilitator: John Warner
Date and time of meeting: Tuesday, September 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Jerome’s Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt (at Paulina)
Subscribe to Beat 2431’s newsletter: CAPSbeat2431email@example.com
Beat 2432 (bound by Pratt on the north, Devon on the south, the Lake on the east and Ridge on the west). Beat Facilitator: Patrick Kenny
Date and time of meeting: Tuesday, September 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: 24th District Police Station, 6464 N. Clark (at Schreiber)
Many thanks to Commander Waldera and his team for providing this update. I look forward to sharing the next report with you.