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  Get The Most From Your Beat Meeting       

Get the Most from Your Beat Meeting

Beat community meetings are a key part of the CAPS strategy of partnerships and problem solving. These meetings, held on all 279 police beats in the City, provide a regular opportunity for police officers, residents, and other community stakeholders to exchange information, identify and prioritize problems, and begin developing solutions to those problems.

 This on-line brochure provides a number of tips for getting the most from your beat community meetings.  

The Chicago Police Department's Education and Training Division also offers problem-solving training for the community. To schedule training for your beat, contact the Community Education Section at 312-746-8310 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).


    What Are Beat Meetings ... And Why Are They Important?  
    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.  
    Who Conducts Beat Meetings?  
    Beat community meetings are hosted by the Chicago Police Department and are usually conducted in one of three ways.  
    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.  
    Become An Informed Decision-Maker and Problem-Solver  
    Here are some suggestions to help you become an informed CAPS decision-maker.  
    Making The Meeting Space 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.  


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