Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS)
CAPS is a partnership between police, community leaders, business owners and local residents and is the foundation of the City’s community policing philosophy. CAPS
brings together the police, the community, and other city agencies to proactively identify and solve neighborhood crime problems, rather than simply reacting to
problems after the fact.
Problem solving at the neighborhood level is supported by a variety of strategies, including neighborhood-based beat officers; regular Beat Community Meetings
involving police and residents; extensive training for both police and members of the community; more efficient use of city services that impact crime; and new
technology to help police and residents target crime hot spots.
With CAPS, police officers continue to enforce the law and respond rapidly to serious crimes and life-threatening emergencies. But CAPS recognizes that the police
alone cannot solve the city’s crime problems. It takes a combined effort of police, community, and City government working together.
To look up your police district and beat meeting, please visit https://operations.chicagopolice.org/FindMyDistrict