Citizens’ Network of Protection

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization created to promote racial and economic justice within the legal system, prevent government overreach and abuse in the area of law enforcement, and uphold civil rights within the Evanston community. 

Know Your Rights

Being stopped by police is a stressful experience that can quickly go bad. You cannot assume officers will behave in a way that respects your rights or protects your safety. The first step in protecting yourself from police overreach and abuse of power is knowing your rights.

File a Complaint

Believe you’ve been victimized by police misconduct or witnessed police misconduct? Having trouble getting the information or evidence you need from EPD?  Want a better understanding of the rules our officers have to follow?

Our EPD Research

Our team of policy experts, data analysts and investigators have been leveraging FOIA along with state and federally supplied data to take a deeper look into what is really happening with policing in Evanston.

EPD Roster

Have you been stopped by an officer of the Evanston Police Department? Were you not given a contact card after being stopped but can’t remember the officers name? Were you a witness to an incident that you want to file a complaint but didn’t get a name or starnumber?


We are always looking for legal support, researchers, street team members, website developers, graphic designers and informants. Contact us if you would like to be apart of the team that will help bring accountability, transparency and integrity to the Evanston Police Department.

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We are an Evanston-based 501c3 non-profit organization. CNP’s services are made possible through grants, fundraising, unpaid volunteers, and nominal fees to subsidize legal services.

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President’s Corner

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Hello to Citizens’ Network of Protection’s Supporters and Followers. I haven’t been connecting to the community in a meaningful way since March 13. We’re sorry we are currently reachable only by phone and email as COVID-19 has put a damper on our working out of the office. During this time we are working remotely to keep to our goal and mission of educating Evanston residents on their rights with the new state and city laws placed on the books. We need the voices, the volunteers and the funding to re-imagine community policing that works for everyone. Please follow us on Facebook to keep on top of the latest developments.

Betty Ester
CNP President and Co-Founder
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