At the CAPS Beat 912 meeting on Wednesday, January 8, Christine and Glenn Young say farewell to their role as Beat Facilitators after 26 years of service.

Community Thanks Christine, Glenn Young for 26 Years of Community Policing

Published February 4, 2020

The McKinley Park neighborhood acknowledged the service of Glenn and Christine Young at the Wednesday, January 8, meeting of Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Program (CAPS). Now stepping down after 26 years of volunteer service, the Youngs received plaudits and thanks from elected officials and current and former Ninth District police officers, who said the Youngs helped make Beat 912 one of the best CAPS groups in the city.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve," Christine Young said. "To embrace your community is what it's all about."

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"You still got people coming to the meeting who started coming 20 years ago," Glenn Young said. "McKinley Park is a good, strong area."

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Local elected officials attended the meeting to thank the Youngs, including 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, Illinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah and Cook County 7th District Commissioner Alma Anaya.

CAPS Beat 912 Glenn Young Christine Young Theresa Mah Alma Anaya officers 20200108Christine and Glenn Young, holding plaques, are surrounded by police and elected official well-wishers, including State Rep. Theresa Mah, to the left of Christine Young, and Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya, to the right of Glenn Young."No two people were more welcoming of me," Anaya said. "Their dedication is unmet by any other."

Honors for the Youngs

At the meeting, Mah shared the text of the Illinois House resolution she filed to officially honor the Youngs. "The Youngs serve as a model for excellence amongst the police department of the dedication and support the CAPS program needs to be sustainable in the community," the resolution stated.

"The Youngs have built community and trust in the CAPS program by organizing countless smoke-outs, roll calls and holiday parties to foster community in Beat 912 and to grow the attendance of the beat for dozens of years," the resolution said.

At the meeting, Anaya presented the Youngs with a certificate of recognition from her Cook County Commissioner office, and Cardenas announced his filing a city resolution to honor the Youngs.

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Chicago Police Department officers and detectives attended the meeting and presented the Youngs with an honorary captain's badge and plaque for their service. "This is the best beat in the city, hands-down," an attending former officer said.

Childhood Sweethearts

Glenn and Christine Young have been lifelong residents of the McKinley Park neighborhood and started dating when both were in high school. "Christine was the girl next door," Glenn Young said. They got married about four years after they started dating, he said.

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Both became involved in the McKinley Park-based Beat 912 group right when CAPS started in 1994, Christine Young said. "It has definitely grown," she said. "People embrace each other more."

"It's so much better here since we got our CAPS program," Glenn Young said. "The people care. They wouldn't come to the meetings if they didn't care."

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Although both Christine and Glenn Young said they intended to stay involved in the Beat 912 group, they were looking forward to having more time for family and rest. "I'm not going to do anything: I'm retired!" Glenn Young said.

"It's been a pleasure to serve the people," he said. "I hope that our community stays real strong."

Crime Statistics

Community policing Officer Jason Sollis shared updates on recent crime statistics for Beat 912 at the meeting. The period of December 12 to January 8 was fairly quiet, he said, with 976 calls for service, 21 reports of shots fired and 14 arrests.

One aggravated assault with a handgun was reported late Christmas Eve, Sollis said: A victim reported hearing a pop around 2 a.m. and felt a pain in his leg in the vicinity of West 34th and South Leavitt streets, and he then went to the hospital. Sollis said two motor vehicle thefts were reported, and four burglaries.

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A neighborhood resident also shared information on a reported scam whereby robbers or fraudsters would attempt to use left-behind appointment cards for Peoples Energy as a ruse to gain entry to residences. Always ask for proper identification whenever approached in such a manner, Sollis said.

The next CAPS Meeting for Beat 912 is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, at St. Maurice Church hall, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago.

CAPS Beat 912 Alderman George Cardenas 2020010812th Ward Alderman George Cardenas thanks the Youngs for their service at the CAPS Beat 912 meeting on Wednesday, January 8.

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