Help Us Re-Imagine How Public Safety Works In Chicago

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Text Re-Imagine Chicago over a photo of a city street
Photo stocklapse/Getty Images. Graphic Jessica Martinaitis/WBEZ.

Help Us Re-Imagine How Public Safety Works In Chicago

Editor’s Note: This project is in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Center for Effective Government at the Harris School of Public Policy.

From a global pandemic, to a racial reckoning, to a historic and contentious election — the events of the past year have reshaped our society. Over the next few months, WBEZ’s Reset will re-imagine how the nation’s third-largest city could function better for all its residents.

We’re investigating how city government, investment, public safety and schools work — or don’t work — in Chicago, looking for solutions for how to improve those systems. And we want to hear your ideas, experiences and questions.

Starting June 7, we’ll take four weeks to evaluate how public safety works in Chicago, what hindrances there are to change and what we can learn from other cities. (Listen to the previous series on city government and investment.)

What is your experience like with the police in Chicago? What would you change about how Chicago does policing?

Tell us in one of two ways:

  1. 📧 Record a voice memo answering the question: “If you could change one thing about how Chicago does policing, what would it be?” Then send it to us using this form .

  2. 📞 Leave a voicemail answering the same question at 888-915-9945.

Your answer could end up on the show, and a Reset producer may follow up with you. Questions? Email reset@wbez.org.

Meha Ahmad is a senior producer and Nereida Moreno is a producer on WBEZ’s Reset. Follow them @Meha and @nereidamorenos. Mary Hall is the digital editor of the Re-Imagine Chicago project. Follow her @hall_marye.