Hundreds of families came to the 15th Chicago Police District station parking lot, 5555 W. Grand Ave., on Oct. 28 to get some candy, dance to House music and look at old-school cars.
The event was organized by the Chicago Neighborhood Policing Initiative, a collaboration between the New York University School of Law’s Policing Project and the Chicago Police Department that takes a community-centric approach to improving community and police relations. While the initiative currently works in several police districts throughout Chicago, it launched in the 25th District, which includes Galewood and other parts of Austin north of Division Street.
Kids walked around the parking lot, getting candy from booths set up by area elected officials and community organizations, as well as from the trunks of vintage cars, many of which were provided by the members of the Just Cruising Oldies car club and VM.VOCHO Club Chicago.
DJ Ronin and Chicago Housing music icon Julian “Jumpin” Perez played the music at the makeshift dance area in front of the station entrance.
District Coordinating Officer Anna Glutova, who is one of the officers responsible for coordinating responses to the emergencies with other city agencies and connecting residents to any services they might need, said she was pleased with how the events turned out.
“You got kids, you got cars, you got candy, you got music – what more could you want?” she said.