Chicago Police Commander sees District 14 as a city within a city and looks forward to 2010

14th District Commander John Escalante

Commander John J. Escalante

Chicago Police District 14 is a city within a city, according to its Commander John Escalante. Because the neighborhoods including Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Palmer Square are so diverse, he believes that it represents the kaleidoscope of people in the entire city.

"Just as the different neighborhoods represent the city the officers assigned to the district truly and proudly represent the Chicago Police Department. There are some very hard working officers assigned to this district, a mix of newer and veteran officers. From the day I arrived I have seen on a daily basis dedicated officers trying to make a difference," states Escalante.

With a look toward the new year, Escalante encourages more participation by residents and business people, "I would encourage everyone who has a vested interest in the area, including residents and business owners to try and attend a beat meeting for the upcoming year.  The beat meetings are a tremendous source of information not just on crime or community concerns, but also about upcoming CAPS or city sponsored events. 

The first six months of my assignment here have had their share of long and frustrating days but it has been rewarding.  I'm looking forward to the opportunities we have to continue to work with and for the community in 2010."



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