Empowering Communities for Public Safety is a coalition of community, labor and faith-based organizations that is working to hold police accountable and create safe neighborhoods across Chicago. Through their organizing efforts the ECPS Coalition led passage of the ordinance in the City Council 36-13, creating a strong system of community oversight. Through the ECPS ordinance the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves will improve to build trust and increase public safety. The ordinance creates two bodies: the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability and District Councils comprised of 3 residents elected in each of the City’s 22 police districts.
The District Councils will hold monthly meetings, work with the District Commander and community on new community policing initiatives and be a place to build stronger connections between the police and community at the district level. Each District Council will select one of its members to serve on a Nominating Committee for the Community Commission. Residents interested in running can circulate nominating petitions starting August 30th up to Thanksgiving. District Council elections will be held February 28, 2023. District Council members will receive monthly stipends of $500.
The Community Commission consists of 7 persons nominated by the District Councils, selected by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. This body will play a central role in selecting and removing the Police Superintendent, COPA Chief Administrator and Police Board members. It will set CPD, COPA and Police Board Policy, make CPD budget recommendations and promote community engagement and transparency.
If you’re interested in getting more information on ECPS or how you can get involved go to https://sites.google.com/jcua.org/ecpsnow/home
Coalition Members Celebrating Passage of the Ordinance