Drug and gang activity continue to frustrate residents of the Rogers Park beat 2422.
The 24th district will have a new commander on Sunday, as Deputy Chief Steve Caluris takes over for Commander Bruce Rottner, who has been promoted to deputy chief for the Area 3 patrol division.
Residents were also informed of a new plan that will allow them to call 911 anonymously.
Building owner Larry Birch voiced frustration over the
vandalism and property damage he deals with on a regular basis
as the result of drug and gang activity. "I've lost several tenants
because they're just too afraid and I don't know what to do," said Birch, who said the police response was often lagging.
Eva McCann, facilitator of the CAPS meeting, suggested that residents organize a phone tree to urge neighbors to call 911 to report suspicious activity.
McCann also suggested organizing activities like community walks, building clubs, block parties and so-called "positive loitering" to discourage drug dealers from operating in the area.
Beat 2422 is bordered by Clark Street, Morse Avenue and Sheridan Road.