New 9th District Commander Updates CAPS on Neighborhood Shooting, Policing Strategies

Published March 15, 2018

chicago caps logo forwebThe Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting for Beat 912 on Wednesday, March 14, featured new Chicago Police Department 9th District Commander Randall Darlin, who introduced himself, outlined future policing strategies for the neighborhood and touched on recent crime incidents, including the robbery and shooting the afternoon of Tuesday, March 12, at West 36th Street and South Winchester Avenue.

Darlin revealed new details on the shooting, which has been linked to a pattern of robberies that also include incidents in the 8th and 10th districts. "We have a few leads," he said.

Darlin noted that the person shot in the incident was not the original robbery victim: The 65-year-old resident saw the robbery in progress, exited his home to intercede and was shot by the perpetrator. Darlin and other officers at the meeting recommended never trying to resist during a robbery: "Just comply: Nothing on your person is worth your safety," he said.

Darlin's background includes a stint as police captain in the Englewood neighborhood and experience with fighting gang-related crime. "I'm very well-versed with the gang issues in the district," he said, and noted a priority on "reducing the gang crime that plagues us," especially violent crime.

Darlin lauded the Beat 912 CAPS group and its consistently large attendance. It's the biggest CAPS group in the 9th District "by a landslide," he said, which helps a lot by working cooperatively to fight neighborhood crime.

9th District officers said that planning is underway for a number of future events for the neighborhood, buoyed by a doubling of CAPS funding for the 9th District, now with an annual budget of $20,500. These will likely include senior events, smokeouts and another local National Night Out.

CAPS Officer Jason Solis tallied the crime statistics for the neighborhood between February 14 and March 14, including 1,074 calls for service, nine reports of shots fired and 18 arrests. Violent crime included two incidents of aggravated assault, one account of aggravated battery and two robberies, including the shooting incident related by Darlin. The March 2 homicide reported in the 3500 block of South Ashland Avenue was the result of a shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, not McKinley Park, Solis said.

Non-violent crime included four burglaries and one motor vehicle theft, which Solis remarked was low for motor vehicle thefts for the area.

The next CAPS meeting for Beat 912 is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at St. Maurice Church hall, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago.

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