New police pilot program to partner community and Chicago Police Department


Officers Carolina Salcedo and Danny Lopez

"Hands on and in the street," District Coordination Officers (DCO)  are part of the Neighborhood Policing Initiative Program (NPI) in a pilot phase in Chicago's 25th District. 

This program is not a replacement for the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), explained Officers Carolina Salcedo and Danny Lopez, who are part of this pilot.

CAPS officers continue to engage and interact with community organizations and individuals in the District by Beats. 

In this pilot, DCO officers spend all their time working with community members to find out the needs of community members and then they work to meet those needs. This is done across the entire District. 

Adopted from a New York City program, Chicago officers had an opportunity to apply for the program last year. "Candidates from across the City interviewed in the fall and 12 of us were selected to be the team that launched in January," said Salcedo, who was part of the 14th District. 

"Those selected from outside of the 25th were transferred to the district," explained Lopez.

In addition to the officers is a command team of a sergeant, lieutenant and commander.



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