Crime & Safety
The 2nd Ward is served by the 12th, 14th, 18th and 19th Police Districts. Alderman Hopkins office works closely with the respective districts, and often partners with them on public safety and community activities.
To find your Police District and Beat, please use the map below with the customization tool in the top left corner:
You can take an active role in helping the Chicago Police Department prevent crime in your neighborhood by attending your police district’s Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings. If you need assistance from the Police Department, Fire Department, or an ambulance please call 911 immediately.
Please find contact information for your local Police District below:
12th District (Southern West Town):
All 2nd Ward residents west of the River and south of Division Ave.
Contact info: Please call 312-746-8396 or email at CAPS012District@chicagopolice.org.
14th District (Northern West Town):
All 2nd Ward residents west of the River and north of Division Ave.
Contact info: Please call 312-744-8290 or email at CAPS.014District@chicagopolice.org.
18th District (Lincoln Park, Old Town, River North, Gold Coast and Streeterville):
All 2nd Ward residents east of the River and south of Fullerton Ave.
Contact info: Please call 312-742-5870 or email at CAPS018District@chicagopolice.org.
19th District (Lincoln Park):
All 2nd Ward residents east of the River and north of Fullerton Ave.
Contact Info: Please call 312-744-8320 or email at CAPS019District@chicagopolice.org.
2nd Ward Court Advocacy Program
The Court Advocacy Program was established in 1994 through a partnership between the Chicago Police Department’s Community Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS) and the Office of the Cook County States Attorney. The program’s intent is to play a supporting role in the criminal justice system through resident’s attendance in criminal court proceedings. Court Advocates are not expected to testify or vocalize a position in the cases – the position is a showing of support through regular attendance in court.
Alderman Hopkins has been working to expand the reach of Court Advocate’s efforts in the four police districts that fall within the boundaries of the 2nd Ward. The intention of recruiting Court Advocates in the 2nd Ward is to help ensure 2nd Ward residents presence to support other residents who fall victim to criminal activity in the Ward and to bring our neighbors together as they show their support.
While our neighborhoods range from Streeterville to Lincoln Park, to Wicker Park and West Town, the Alderman recognizes the common concern across the Ward is the uptick in crime. Bringing residents together is a great way to strengthen the bonds of our diverse Ward, and to become unified in our efforts to help residents push back against criminal behavior.
Court Advocate’s attendance is not only a way for the community to show its support for victims, but also to be heard by the States Attorney. Often times, victims may be alone in the court; the presence of community members is a reassurance to individuals who work through the long court proceeding.
Active participation from Court Advocates provides the States Attorney additional evidence that the community demands fair and just sentencing toward individuals who commit crimes in a given neighborhood, and highlights to the presiding judge and jury that neighbors support victims at each step of the court proceedings in a criminal case.
The Chicago CAPS offices receive a list of cases the Cook County States Attorney is prosecuting and makes recommendations of cases for Advocates to be involved with. Court Advocates may also request to CAPS other cases they’d like to be a part of. The program’s inclusive and harmonious mission is what helps make the program so successful, and ensures that our community is able to have a say in the criminal justice system.
To get involved, sign up online.