Brighton Park Safety Net Coordinates Violence Prevention Services

The Brighton Park Safety Net leadership team met on Sept. 29th at Nathan Davis Elementary School with 30 community leaders in attendance, including principals from six local elementary schools (Burroughs Elementary, Columbia Explorers Academy, Davis Elementary, Gunsaulus Academy, Shields Elementary, Pope John Paul II Catholic School) and Kelly High School, parents, social service agencies (Gads Hill Center, Violence Recovery Services of Heartland Alliance, Riveredge Hospital), and CAPS.  The meeting focused on coordinating violence prevention services and programs for Brighton Park’s youth and updating coalition members on parent patrol activities.

The Safety Net Leadership Team discussed the recent increase in gang violence that has occurred in Brighton Park.  Brighton Park community leaders plan to meet with the Organized Crime Division of the Chicago Police Department to identify specific houses and businesses where gang activity takes place.

Patrick Brosnan, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, reported that the campaign to renovate Kelly Park continues to gain traction.  Community leaders have met with and secured the support of the Chicago Park District, 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, Senator Martin Sandoval, and Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia.  The renovation of Kelly Park is an important step in addressing street violence in Brighton Park, as it will provide more opportunities to positively engage youth.

Jim Venkus, 9th District Police, informed the group about the new curfew law for youth under 12 years old who must be in their homes by 8:30 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday) and by 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information on the Brighton Park Safety Net, please contact Sara Reschly, Safety Net Coordinator, at 773-523-7110.