The Chicago Police Department is holding a public meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. in the Humboldt Park Fieldhouse to discuss security for the Puerto Rican Festival activities on June 14-17 and address any resident concerns. As anyone who lives in Humboldt Park or the surrounding knows, this weekend traditionally brings a large amount of traffic and visitors to the park and surrounding areas, requiring the CPD to dispatch additional resources for traffic and security purposes.
Attending the meeting from the CPD are Deputy Superintendent John Escalante and 14th District Commander Linda Flores. This will be the third year that Deputy Superintendent Escalante has been in charge of the special detail devoted to the Puerto Rican Festival. It should be noted that the CPD does not provide security for the festival itself, which is the responsibility of the organizers, so this meeting will focus on the police presence outside the bounds of the festival.
The Puerto Rican Festival is the largest event that takes place in Humboldt Park on a yearly basis. If you'd like to find out more about what this means for the community or raise questions and concerns about the CPD's handling of the event, then this will be an important meeting to attend.