February 27, 2019
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) continues to visit Chicago Public Library locations to help residents connect to services with COPA Community Hours. The purpose of COPA Community Hours is to allow residents to have more access to COPA in their neighborhood in an effort to meet them where they are. During the full day of services investigators from COPA are available to receive complaints and compliments of members of the Chicago Police Department and learn more about the agency.
“I believe in order to build trust it is important for COPA to remove barriers that prevent residents from accessing our services and we do that by being in the community,” said COPA Chief Sydney Roberts. “Working with city agencies like the Chicago Public Library allows us to be in numerous places and engage more residents.”
COPA Community Hours launched as a pilot initiative in May 2018 in the Austin, South Shore and South Chicago communities and will continue to expand into every police district in 2019. Last week COPA visited the Humboldt Park Library and Pullman Branch Library.
Today COPA will be present at West Pullman Library (830 W. 119th Street) from 12-8PM. To learn about future COPA Community Hours library locations visit www.chicagocopa.org
Public Information Officer