CAPS Beat Meetings

Each Chicago police district is divided into three sectors. Each sector is further divided into three to five beats. A team of beat officers patrols your beat on a 24-hour-a-day basis. Teams of rapid response officers patrol by sector and handle many of the emergency calls in that sector.

Each beat is numbered. The first two digits identify your district; the next digit is the sector number, and the last digit is the beat number.

For example, Beat 2013 is the 20th District, 1st sector, 3rd beat. Your beat patrol car has its beat number displayed above the blue lights on its roof.

Please look at the map below and see which Beat you live in. Then look below the map and find the appropriate date, time and location.

 

2022 Beat Meeting Schedule

20th District Beat Meetings

Beat 2011

1st Monday – Even Months

Dates: 02/07, 04/04, 06/06, 08/08, 10/03, 12/05

Time: 7PM

Meeting Location: 5400 N. Lincoln Ave

Beat 2012

2nd Wednesday – Even Months

Dates: 02/09, 04/13, 06/08, 08/10, 10/12, 12/14

Time: 7PM

Meeting Location: St. Gregory Gym; 1609 W. Gregory St

Beat 2031
Last Tuesday – Odd Months
Dates: 01/25, 03/29, 05/31, 07/26, 09/27, 11/29
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Swedish Covenant / Anderson Pavilion
Address: 2751 W. Winona Street

Beat 2032
Last Wednesday – Odd Months
Date: 01/26, 03/30, 05/25, 07/27, 09/28, 11/30
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ravenswood Evangelical Church
Address: 4900 N. Damen Avenue


24th District Beat Meetings

Beat 2413
Fourth Tuesday of every month

Date: 3/22, 4/26, 5/24, 6/28, 7/26, 8/23, 9/27, 10/25, 11/22, 12/27
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Green Briar Park, 2650 W. Peterson Avenue

Beat 2432
Fourth Wednesday of every month

Date: 5/25, 6/22, 7/27, 8/24, 9/28, 10/26, 11/23, 12/28)

Facilitator: To be updated.
Time: 7PM

Meeting Location: Pottawattomie Park (7340 N Rogers)

Beat 2433
THIRD Tuesday of every month

Date: 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/20)
Time: 7PM
Meeting Location: 6060 N Clark (Chicago Fire Department Engine 70)


19th District Beat Meetings

Beat 1911
Third Tuesday – Odd Months
Date: January 15, March 19, May 21, July 16, September 17, November 19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Sulzer Regional Library
Address: 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.


17th District

Beat 1712

Fourth Wednesday of every month

Date: May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Mayfair Community Church, 5020 N. Pulaski Rd


Beat Meeting FAQs

What are Beat Meetings

Beat community meetings are regular meetings held on all 279 police beats in Chicago. Every beat is required to meet at least quarterly, although the vast majority of beats meet every month or every other month.

The primary purpose of the beat community meeting is to allow beat residents, other community stakeholders and police to discuss chronic problems on the beat and to engage in problem-solving using the CAPS five-step problem-solving process. Beat community meetings provide an opportunity for police and community residents to exchange information about conditions in the neighborhood, to identify crime and disorder problems, and to develop strategies to combat those problems. The meeting also provides an opportunity for police and community to get to know one another.

Who Conducts these Meetings

Beat community meetings are hosted by the Chicago Police Department and are usually conducted in one of three ways:

  • By a team consisting of a resident beat facilitator (a designated community leader) and a beat officer.
  • By one or more beat facilitators.
  • By one or more beat officers.

Option 1 is usually considered ideal.

Beat meetings and problem-solving are most effective when they include a broad range of community stakeholders: residents, business owners, and representatives from local schools, churches and neighborhood organizations. In addition, beat officers representing all three watches, plus a sergeant, are expected to attend beat community meetings. Neighborhood Relations personnel, tactical and gang tactical officers, detectives, and other Police Department members may attend beat community meetings, as appropriate.

Always have a beat meeting agenda
Every beat community meeting should follow an agenda. And, at a minimum, every meeting agenda should cover the following items:

Feedback on progress made on problems since the last meeting
Discuss whether the current problem-solving strategies seem to be working, whether they need to be modified, or whether the problem seems to have been sufficiently reduced or eliminated to justify moving on to new problems.

Discussion of current crime conditions and new problems
Beat team officers present information about general crime conditions on the beat. New problems (which are chronic in nature) are identified.Participants determine whether any newly identified problem is significant enough to be added to the Beat Plan. The Beat Plan is a form used by the beat team to keep track of problem-solving activities on the beat. Generally, the beat team and community will be limited in the number of problems they can work on at any one time. Therefore, the group needs to prioritize which problems will be worked on.

Development of strategies and coordination of responsibilities
Because there will not be sufficient time at the meeting to analyze each strategy in detail, it is important that a community contact person be identified. This person will take responsibility for working with the beat team and other interested residents to analyze the problem in more detail, develop strategies, and organize and coordinate the community’s involvement.

Next meeting date
Announce the date, time and place for the next beat community meeting. Schedule working groups for ongoing problem-solving. Most of the work on problem-solving strategies will take place outside the beat community meeting. Therefore, residents and police must be prepared to work on these chronic problems in between beat meetings.

Making the meeting conducive to problem-solving

The primary reason for holding beat community meetings is for beat officers and the community to engage in joint problem-solving. Therefore, it is critical that the meeting room be conducive to these activities.

Here are some guidelines to consider as you work with beat team members to establish a good meeting environment:

  • Whenever possible, the meeting should be held in a location on the beat, with convenient parking nearby. The location should be accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • Some beats have found that holding their meetings in the same location, on the same day each month (for example, the second Tuesday), can ensure a steady core of community participants. Other beats, however, have found that moving their meetings around helps attract new community members.
  • The meeting place should be one that residents are comfortable coming to.
  • The room should be large enough to comfortably accommodate all participants.
  • Seating should be arranged to encourage discussion by all those present. Movable chairs, arranged in a horseshoe pattern, are ideal.
  • Discussion of problems should include both residents and police.
  • A flip chart, chalkboard or other mechanisms for recording the group’s problem identification or analysis should be available.
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