Chicago Police Department
11th District

Eric Washington

3151 W Harrison St
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Phone: (312)746-8386
Fax: (312)746-4281

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District 11 Police Combat Drug Dealing with PRIDE

11th District police are combating the problem of open-air street drug dealing through an initiative known as PRIDE -- Police and Residents in Drug Enforcement.

The program stations highly visible uniformed police officers at the site of the most notorious drug operations identified by police and community. The officers' presence helps to deter crime and engage members of the community to join the CAPS effort.

Business Picks Up After Beat Cops, Community Chase Dealers Away

The following story is excerpted from the February 1996 issue of the 11th District Dialogue, a monthly newsletter published by the 11th Police District. For information about the newsletter, contact the 11th District Neighborhood Relations Office at 312-746-9841.

For a while, things looked really bad," said Carolyn Campbell, owner of Top of the Line Hair Designs, in the 800 block of North Pulaski. Ms. Campbell's customers frequently complained about the drug dealers on the corner. Often times, drug addicts would harass her customers, sometimes even rob them. Without question, business had taken a turn for the worse.-

"It was not until CAPS was implemented that conditions began to improve," said Ms. Campbell. She informed officers on Beat 1111 about the problem. Because of the greater time and flexibility that CAPS gives beat officers on their beats, the officers were able to increase their presence on the corner.

Within days, the drug dealers were gone, and the customers started to return. "Business picked up, and things just got better," said hair stylist Cynthia Mathis. And when more good people started populating the block, the drug dealers knew they weren't welcome back. The importance of the community taking a stand against chronic crime problems is not lost on Ms. Campbell.

"I recognize that the police can't do it alone," she said. "If community policing is going to work, it means both the community and the police must work together."