COMMUNITY RESPONSE UNIT (CRU)
Meet the CRU Officers
Tip of the
Community Oriented Policing
In 2010, the Addison Police
Department implemented a division within the Police Department
called the Community Response Unit (CRU). CRU consists
of a Deputy Chief, a Sergeant, a full-time Officer and a Civilian Assistant. CRU was
created to solve problems that arise in the community.
They address various issues ranging from gang and narcotic
crimes to tenant issues at rental properties. CRU
works closely with the Village of Addison's Community
Development Department to address quality of life issues within
the Village. They monitor these issues to ensure that
neglected properties or other nuisances within the Village of
Addison are addressed.
CRU's primary objective is to administer the
Multi-Housing Program by educating rental property owners on
ways to keep drugs and other illegal activity off their
property and by forging positive relationships with property
owners. This program was instituted by the Village of
Addison on May 1, 2009, and it is a requirement for all property
owners to attend the Crime Free Multi-Housing Class (Village
Ordinance, Chapter 10, Section 10-84). This class consists of police personnel teaching property owners
about the Village ordinances, how to screen potential tenants,
ways to make their property less susceptible to crime, and
educating them on the current gang and drug trends.
The CRU also monitors and
follows up with landlords and tenants with regard to the
Nuisance Abatement Program. When an offense that is
defined as a nuisance activity by Addison Village Ordinance,
Chapter 12, Article VI, occurs at a property, the landlord
will receive a letter from the Director of Police, notifying
him/her that an offense occurred on their property and asking
them to abate the nuisance.
If a property owner receives
a nuisance abatement letter, the CRU Officer will contact
him/her to discuss the issue. This enables a working relationship on a personal
level, in which the property owner is not reluctant to call the
police for a "small problem."
If three or more nuisance
activities occur within a 12-month period at one property, the
property owner may be charged under this ordinance.
The CRU also makes periodic checks on vacant properties,
addresses lighting issues and abandoned vehicles, and monitors
the loitering program.
For more information on the CRU, please contact Andrea Lieberenz
at (630) 693-7904.