The escalation of violence in the 17th Police District is unacceptable.
The safety of our community is my top priority, it has been since I took office last May, and is today more than ever. Since last year, I have advocated for additional police officers and resources for the 16th and 17th Districts. We received the officers I requested then, and when I made the same request this week, we received additional resources. My urgency is not new. As your Alderman, my job is to represent the concerns of our community to the City of Chicago. I met with Chicago Police Superintendent Brown earlier this week to discuss how we can meet our community's needs to end the surge of violence in our neighborhood. Working with the Commander and the Chief of Operations, we have resources back in the 17th District as well as outside units.
Yesterday, I joined fellow elected officials from the Illinois General Assembly to request additional resources for the 17th District. In our joint letter to the Mayor, we asked for:
- Immediate deployment of specialized tactical/ gang units to address the ongoing gang violence.
- Installation of cameras and "shot spotter" technology.
- Increased staffing.
- Increase "troubled building" enforcement in the area.
Click here to read the letter.
Every morning, my office calls the 16th and 17th District CAPS offices to discuss safety in our ward. I attended the CAPS meeting for Beat 1722 & 23 last night with many members of our community. Last week, Commander Pontecore and the CAPS Office joined me to address the recent violence in Mayfair directly with the community. CAPS meetings give neighbors and Beat Officers the chance to talk openly and work together to keep the neighborhood safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the CAPS Office at 312.742.4410 or CAPS.017District@chicagopolice.org or to my office directly at Ward39@CityOfChicago.org or 773.736.5594. We are here to help.
I am in constant communication with our Police Commanders, CPD Superintendent Brown, and Mayor Lightfoot. Working together, we provide support and resources to our neighbors to include alternative crime prevention measures and access to services.
Please know I am working hard to address this violence. I am grateful to the community associations, block clubs, and neighbors who are keeping each other informed and looking out for one another. If you see something suspicious, call 911.
Stay safe and stay healthy,
Alderman Samantha Nugent