IMTS 2012 has announced a partnership with the city of Chicago to donate usable items to the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) neighborhood watch program. IMTS will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago Sept. 10-15.
In CAPS, residents work with local police to identify potential crime problems. The program has existed since 1993 and covers all Chicago neighborhoods.
IMTS exhibitors will have the opportunity to donate items to the CAPS program through IMTS, which will also make donations of its own. IMTS has put out a call for “tote/laptop/messenger bags, pens, badge holders, lanyards, poster board, office supplies, drink bottles/mugs, hand sanitizers and candy” among the items that can be used by the CAPS patrols. These items will be collected and distributed by the Chicago Police Department.
“CAPS has been recognized as one of the most ambitious community policing initiatives in the United States and has been cited as a model by numerous national experts,” IMTS Vice President of Exhibitions and Communications Peter Eelman said in a statement. “We fully support the CAPS effort and plan to support the program, along with our exhibitors.”