Chicago could get its first 'COP House,' a meeting place for officers and citizens

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — City leaders have given preliminary approval to plans for a so-called “COP House” pilot project on the South Side.

Ninth Ward Ald. Anthony Beale on Tuesday said a private developer would renovate a home in Roseland for use as a kind of police sub-station and community center.

“We all know we’re dealing with carjackings all over the place. We know we’re dealing with murders all over the place,” he said. “This is an opportunity to build a COP house in the heart of a problem area to start building confidence and relationships back between the police and the citizens.”

Racine, Wisconsin has several of them, Beale said, and a 70% reduction in crime. Racine calls them Community Oriented Policing Houses.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown, through a representative, said he would prefer to promote a better relationship with the community by sending officers into neighborhoods, rather than have a “static” site.

The proposal received unanimous support from the Public Safety Committee. It goes to the City Council.