What Are the Chicago Police Districts?

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Chicago police districts are the 25 different divisions of the Chicago Police Department, as explained by the Chicago Police Department. Each police district is divided into three sectors, which are then further divided into between three and five beats. The first digit of a beat number indicates the police district and is located on the top of all Chicago police vehicles.

Police districts are located in different areas of the city, as listed by the Chicago Police Department. In order, the police districts cover Central, Wentworth, Grand Crossing, South Chicago, Calumet, Gresham, Englewood, Chicago Lawn, Deering, Ogden, Harrison, Near West, Shakespeare, Austin, Jefferson Park, Albany Park, Near North, Town Hall, Foster, Morgan Park, Rogers Park and Grand Central. There is no 13th, 21st or 23rd District, with districts numbered between one and 12, 14 and 20, 22 and 24 and 25.

Districts are led by a commander, as shown by the 1st District Central department website. Each has a separate street address, phone number, email address and fax number. Police districts allow the Chicago Police Department to focus on different community concerns, issue separate crime incidents reports, determine most-wanted individuals for each district and release area-specific crime alerts. Different districts provide community-specific services and news reports for residents.