CPD-Backed Neighborhood Patrol Group in West Rogers Park

Richard Concaildi checks the back door of a vacant apartment unit in West Rogers Park to make sure it is securely locked. A neighbor had alerted him that it may be occupied by squatters.
Richard Concaildi checks the back door of a vacant apartment unit in West Rogers Park to make sure it is securely locked. A neighbor had alerted him that it may be occupied by squatters. Andrew Gill/WBEZ
Richard Concaildi checks the back door of a vacant apartment unit in West Rogers Park to make sure it is securely locked. A neighbor had alerted him that it may be occupied by squatters.
Richard Concaildi checks the back door of a vacant apartment unit in West Rogers Park to make sure it is securely locked. A neighbor had alerted him that it may be occupied by squatters. Andrew Gill/WBEZ

CPD-Backed Neighborhood Patrol Group in West Rogers Park

A new neighborhood watch group has been patrolling the streets of West Rogers Park since February after reforming in response to a spate of property crimes in the area. Members and supporters of the group say it’s helping the community become safer and providing resident peace of mind. But critics say the largely white group is making thing uncomfortable for African Americans and other minorities. Morning Shift talks to WBEZ’s Odette Yousef about the dynamics at play in how the community has reacted to the watch group, which has the support of the Chicago Police Department.