COPA had a great time engaging the residents of Chicago in the community during the week of 7.31.23. 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 

Little Village Community Council Birthday Party – 7.31.23

The Little Village Community Council is a grassroots neighborhood organization that has helped create a thriving community that fights for equitable access to resources, transportation, education, and more. COPA helped the Little Village Community Council celebrate its organization birthday on Monday, July 31st. COPA’s First Deputy Ephraim Eaddy and Director of Public Affairs Carlos Rivas Jr. spoke to party participants in English and Spanish to help them understand our agency operations.

CPS Back to School Bash at CVCA High School – 7.31.23

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is hosting several Back-to-School Bashes for students and families to celebrate and prepare for the start of the 2023-24 school year. COPA participated in the CPS bash to celebrate the new school year and explain to families the role our agency plays in police accountability.

CPD 14TH District National Night Out – 8.1.23

Police departments across the country united with neighborhoods they serve as part of the National Night Out community event. COPA joined the city efforts to support CPD and all the officers across the country during the community event held at the Haas Park.

MSRN Quarterly Community Meeting Hosted by Latinos Progresando – 8.2.23

COPA met virtually with over 70 community members for the Marshall Square Resource Network (MSRN) Quarterly Meeting hosted by Latinos Progresando.

Westside Ministers’ Coalition Monthly Community Meeting – 8.3.23

COPA attended the Westside Ministers’ Coalition (WMC) monthly community meeting. This organization mission is to provide services that will initiate self-help efforts to improve the Austin community of Chicago in areas of housing, public safety, reentry, clergy involvement, education, health, energy, conservation, community, youth, and economic development. WMC works in cooperation with other organizations sharing similar values that are aligned with their mission.

CPD Know Your Rights Roundtable Discussion at Englewood Community Center – 8.3.23

COPA joined the Chicago Police Department and community members for a roundtable discussion where the public learned about their rights when interacting with law enforcement. This and future roundtable discussions will provide the public with transparent information that can lead to meaningful, collaborative, and positive outcomes.

AETNA Back to School Health & Resource Fair at Chicago Center for Arts & Technology – 8.4.23

COPA attended this Resource Fair hosted by Aetna Better Health of Illinois at the Chicago Center for Arts & Technology. This free community event offered health screenings, community resource tables, food, and activities. COPA was able to set up a resource table and share with the public the agency role in police oversight. 

Annual Back to School Family Fair at Prosser High School – 8.5.23

COPA participated in this Annual Back to School Family Fair hosted by Sen. Aquino and Rep. Jimenez at Prosser High School. This event offered students and families community resources, school supplies, and required physicals and dental cleanings. Additionally, the fair had a number of fun activities for children to enjoy, and resources for parents to learn about from community organizations.

Christian Unity Pentecostal Church Back to School Celebration – 8.5.23

COPA participated in the Christian Unity Pentecostal Church Back to School Celebration to help students and families prepare for the start of the 2023-24 school year. This event was filled with back-to-school supplies, food, music and fun activities.