COPA had a great time engaging the residents of Chicago in the community during the week of 2.27.23. Our office is committed to helping residents understand how to file a complaint or compliment an officer and explain to the public our role in police oversight. Below is a brief description of our most recent community engagement efforts. If you are interested in COPA speaking to your community group or organization, please submit a request via email to

Catholic Charities Job & Resource Fair 2.28.23

COPA attended Catholic Charities Job & Resource Fair to tell residents about our agency role in police accountability at St. Sabina Church.

Junior Achievement of Chicago Career Day at Sullivan High School 3.1.23

COPA partnered with Junior Achievement of Chicago and spoke to high school students at Sullivan High School Career Day. We encouraged the youth to start preparing for their future career goals and helped them to understand our agency role in police accountability.

Annual Polar Plunge Benefit for Special Olympics of Chicago 3.5.23

COPA’s Chief Administrator Andrea Kersten participated in the Annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics of Chicago. Many Chicago leaders including Rosa Escareno, CEO of the Chicago Park District; Rachel Arfa, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Police Disabilities; and 15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez also participated. As a result of the participants attending this event, they are able to help people with disabilities have the opportunity to discover new strengths, abilities and accomplishments.  All funds raised at this event benefited the Special Olympics of Chicago athletes, covering program costs such as transportation, sports equipment, team uniforms, and meals.