Officers involved in a community policing crime reduction effort on the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue in Evanston were honored at this week’s Evanston City Council meeting.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl shakes hands with problem solving team officer Tanya Noble as foot patrol officers Mike Jones and Brian Rust look on.

The award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police named the city as one of four communities nationwide with outstanding efforts at community policing.

It was presented for efforts to end drug dealing and other criminal activity on the block that had led to more than 1,000 calls for police service on the block a year.

The effort to involve community residents in crime-control activities and show an active presence of foot-patrol officers on the block is credited with reducing those calls for service by more than two thirds.

And, residents said in a video prepared for the presentation, that it’s also led to a new sense of community on the block in which new and old residents can feel safe in their homes and on the street.

The officers involved in the program were also honored at the IACP conference in Orlando in October.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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