I’m pleased to report the partnership forged between Rogers Park residents and 24th District Police officers is paying big dividends. So far this year, the 24th District, which includes the 49th Ward and the Rogers Park community, has experienced the second lowest number of reported crimes of the City’s 22 police districts.
24th District Police Commander James Roussell (pictured on the right, courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times) shared this great news. with me.
As of last Monday, the 24th District reported 245 crimes since January 1st. By comparison, the 19th District, which includes Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Bucktown, reported 522 crimes and the 16th District, which includes Jefferson Park and Edgebrook on the City’s far northwest side, reported 367 crimes. Only the 20th District, which includes portions of the Edgewater and Uptown communities, reported fewer crimes at 146.
Even better, the 24th District has not experienced a single shooting incident (i.e., a person shot) since November 25th, and is the only police district in the City to experience no shooting incidents so far in 2013.
Graphs reflecting those statistics are below:
These statistics represent a continuation of a promising trend in the 24th District. Over the last two years the 24th Police District has experienced a 24% reduction in index crime. Unfortunately, that overall reduction in index crimes was not seen in the shooting and homicide statistics, which reflected the same troubling upward trend experienced citywide. But the fact that no shootings or homicides have occurred in the 24th District in the last three months bodes well for this year.
But we can’t rest on our laurels. We must continue to build on our partnerships with our local police.
Last month’s successful shutdown of an open air drug market on Morse Avenue–an action made possible through information provided by neighborhood residents–is only the latest example of the successful partnership forged by the police and the community in Rogers Park. The Commander and I have scheduled regular monthly meetings with Howard Street business and property owners to enlist their assistance in improving the public safety of the street and we recently have initiated monthly meetings with North of Howard landlords to enlist their help as well.
These meetings have proved invaluable to our efforts to improve the public safety of the Howard Street area. We hope to emulate those meetings in other parts of the community in the months ahead.
The monthly CAPS beat meetings also play a vital role in our efforts to reduce crime.
The beat meeting is one of the most important intelligence gathering venues. It’s where the police officers and community residents meet to share information, discuss ongoing concerns and develop strategies to combat those concerns. My office is always represented at these meetings and Commander Roussell often attends as well.
For a schedule of upcoming beat meetings in the 24th District, CLICK HERE.
For a map of the beats in the 24th District and help in finding your beat,CLICK HERE.
Together we have made remarkable progress in making our neighborhood one of the safest in Chicago. Let’s keep it up!