25TH DISTRICT COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR COALITION
PUBLIC SAFETY PRIORITY #1
Identifying dimly lit blocks in the district to partner with local lighting program. Good lighting on residential and commercial properties as well as on publicly owned places can be instrumental to creating public safety. Working with other community residents and DCOs community leaders want to ensure that the 25th district is a place where people can feel safe walking rather it is day or night.
PUBLIC SAFETY PRIORITY #2
Identifying vacant lots and abandoned buildings in the district for appropriate attention. Beyond the negative aesthetics, vacant lots and abandoned often attract or create space for inappropriate activity.
PUBLIC SAFETY PRIORITY #3
District community walks, specifically focusing on getting to know neighbors and neighborhood businesses better. Knowing who lives and works in the area helps with the social cohesion of the community. This is an opportunity for community leaders to find out from others what their public safety concerns are and connect them with DCOs in the district.
This month the district Community Ambassador coalition held a series of community engagement activities including: Juneteenth events, an Annual Community Peace and Resource event, and a March for Peace with residents and District Coordination Officers. In addition, a community walk was held where DCOs spoke with residents about NPI and CPD’s community engagement efforts.
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: MS. VENUS
Ms. Venus is the Executive Director for Noble Neighbors, a community organization founded 36 years ago for the improvement of quality of life for residents and stakeholders within the borders of North Avenue, Pulaski Rd. , Division St. , and Kostner Avenue in the West Humboldt Park area.
Ms. Venus has been actively engaged in the 25th district for 30 years. She enjoys connecting with the community, speaking with the long-term residents and newcomers that have decided to call this community their home.
Ms. Venus hope for the 25th district community members building new relationships with each other, get to know the wonderful organizations in the district, and establish trust with the 25th district Chicago Police Department.