Cohesive communities are safer communities. Our local government and representatives are not providing the resources to truly keep our neighborhoods connected, healthy, and safe. Our proposed 40th Ward Community Safety Plan will be driven by neighbors and backed with resources, attention, and energy from our alderman’s office.
Since February 2018, we have met with neighbors, business owners and nonprofit & community leaders to get feedback and incorporate their ideas into this plan. As alderman, our office will develop:
Community safety initiatives have moved to digital and fast-connecting areas like Facebook groups, neighborhood pages, and texting. We can build upon these existing networks to help create a more connected 40th Ward. We can harness this information and data, track crime trends, and make the Alderman’s office more accountable to neighbors to proactively address items, including:
Work with interested neighbors in creating new Online Block Clubs, where residents can report safety issues and infrastructure needs (including broken streetlights, tree trims and more). We will Recruit Block Club Captains who can provide reports to the 40th Ward office and track progress.
Create an opt-in 40th Ward Alert Service that notifies residents to police alerts and safety tips through text, email, voicemail, door knocking, and more.
Inspired by our friends at Block Club Chicago, develop a Weekly Public Safety Bulletin tracking our ward’s activity in visually informative graphs, articles, and interviews.
Working with tech developers, create a new People-Centric App for residents to report issues - from graffiti to lost pets - and share neighborhood initiatives and solutions.
Coordinate existing Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Local School Councils (LSC) and Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) pages, meeting times and agendas into one central and consistently updated website.
The 40th Ward is a welcoming community – we can improve public safety in ways that are free from hostile interactions and discussions of who does and doesn’t “belong.” I propose we come together and plan in-person community-led safety events that promote the unity of our active neighborhoods, including:
Organize Social Clubs, Athletic Groups, Bike Rides, Dog Walks and Ward Nights Out to meet neighbors where they already are, creating a space for neighbors to engage in their hobbies and to help build a safer community. For example, an early morning running group could help report broken street lights.
In coordination with block club captains, organize regular Door-to-Door Safety Surveys where we can meet people at home and learn about concerns in ways more convenient for our neighbors.
Establish Public Safety Town Halls and Ward Nights for neighbors to regularly meet their elected officials and police dedicated to our ward.
Develop New Zoning & Safety Advisory Councils with active neighbors to provide feedback and bring issues like problem buildings and businesses into the light.
Increase Bike Patrols and coordinate Availability and Appearances by Local Police at community events, block parties and more for residents to better interact with their beat officers outside of regular CAPS meetings.
Building a community that works for all residents can only be achieved by working together. Providing a direct line to the alderman’s office will guide local business development to help our 11 diverse neighborhoods reach their maximum potential. We will:
Work with local chambers of commerce, schools, and organizations to Build a Participatory Asset map to identify empty storefronts - as well as untapped resources - as assets to strengthen our community.
Develop a 40th Ward Small Business Safety Committee for businesses to report thefts or crime they experience to the Alderman’s office, use data to identify crime trends in real time, and better address issues that may not need immediate police involvement.
Harness Corporate & Government Grants to fund public safety initiatives and local nonprofits that provide direct services to the community, including job training and placement.
Adopt Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles in development throughout the ward. These principles can deter criminal activity, increase foot traffic, and prioritize community-based development.
Host 40th Ward Safety Events at Local Businesses to connect more owners and neighbors together.